Point Pleasant Park is a wonderful park to wander through when you are in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is almost pushed behind a suburb and train congestion. But when you enter through one of two entrances, a gateway welcomes you into the park, at the end of the suburbs. The other entrance/exit leads to a small parking lot. It is at this end where you can go to a convenience store and get something if you want. Depending on where you are, you can walk or take the bus to the park, if you do not have a car with you. There is a main trail that you can go on and it is a great trail to see a whole lot. You can see the coast, blue ocean, coast of nearby islands and as well you see different sites that were placed in that area that seems to be almost hidden away. Along with the well worn main trail, there are a few different trails one could walk down and at crossings, posts are placed to tell you where you are. Here and there you can sit down on a bench. Now a good majority of the park people are allowed to unleash their dogs. So be aware if you are not fond of dogs or not be surprised of that. This park is beautiful and a beautiful place to visit. It is an amazing place to have a walk. It is a well-kept park and many people walk through this park. Families also come to this park, there are open spaces to have a seat and play or just explore. There are times where you can just sit down on one of the benches and be in the quiet noise of the wind and water.
When I was there, it was so beautiful to see. I went there near the end of August, so the weather was hot but I had some drinks with me. There were many people who were there. I happened to go at a pretty peak time. As well boats were on the water, so a few people were watching those. It was nice to see families there as well and people getting their exercise in. I was able to be alone in the beauty of the park a few times. Mainly on trails that are not the main ones, but people still go on those. I was able to be alone at some of the fortifications and to see the history of this little piece of land was amazing. The park is so well and beautifully kept. Like me, many were exploring this amazing park or just sitting around on one of the benches or ground in one of the open spaces. On the tip of the park, you can see the Atlantic ocean opening up. Off to the side, you can some houses beautifully built coastal houses or cottages. The map of the park is placed in a few spots around the park, mainly at intersections of main trail paths. I took a picture of the map to know where I was, but you do not have to. I spent a good hour just walking around the park. With the trees full of leaves you are able to get into the shade with a lot of your walking but the sun does come in. You forget that there are a suburb and rail tracks on the other side of the edge of the park.
Point Pleasant Park situated in the south end of the Halifax peninsula. It is a historic 75-hectare wooded park with a variety of different winding 39 km of easy trails and wide paths, many are wheelchair-accessible. Visitors and residents can experience preserved ruins of early fortifications, coastal ecosystems, as well as cultural resources. Halifax rents the site from the British Government for 1 shilling, which translates to about 10 cents, a year, with a long 999-year lease. So it is ours for a very long time. At the western entrance, Tower Road at Point Pleasant Drive, a large map shows all walkways and points of interest, including a Martello Tower and the ruins of several forts. These are kept up and maintained really well. Other features of the park include a beach for swimming which is unsupervised, off-leash dog walking areas (listed below), and washroom facilities. The park can be booked for weddings and special events.
Located in Halifax’s south end – 5530 Point Pleasant Drive, Halifax, Halifax Metro
The lost and found office is located in the Park Maintenance Building, 5718 Point Pleasant Drive. You can call the park office at 902-490-4700.
Opened 6am–midnight; limited winter maintenance
Parking lot hours
Lower lot: inside gate locked at 8 p.m.
Lower lot: outside gate locked at 10 p.m.
Upper lot (Tower Road): no gate, no locking
Park visitors can enjoy:
39km of easy, crisscrossing trails
huge expanses of off-leash dog walking areas
preserved ruins of early fortifications
performances by the Shakespeare by the Sea theatre group
a self-guided cultural walking tour
The park can be booked for weddings and special events.
Rules of the park:
Like all parks in the Halifax region, Point Pleasant is governed by Municipal By-Law P-600. For visitors of Point Pleasant Park, please keep in mind the following:
There are no open fires, including charcoal BBQs allowed. If you obtain a permit a ceremonial fire would be allowed from Halifax Fire and Emergency.
Camping is not allowed anywhere in the park.
No one can remove or damage flowers or trees.
Vehicles are not permitted unless you get a pass issued by the park office (generally for events such as weddings).
Currently, there is a food truck with exclusive vending rights in the park. Anyone else selling food would be violating this agreement.
Dogs in Point Pleasant Park, where dogs can and can not be (un)leashed:
The majority of Point Pleasant Park is an off-leash park, except for the following areas:
Sailors Memorial Way: no dogs allowed after 10 a.m.
Cambridge Drive: dogs must be on-leash at all times
Parking lots: dogs must be on-leash at all times