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Point Pleasant Park

Discover forest trails, harbor views, wartime heritage and Shakespeare at this peninsula park that sees the forest meet the Atlantic Ocean.

This rolling public park on the south tip of the Halifax peninsula is a hidden treasure. Point Pleasant Park is partly forested and faces the Atlantic Ocean on three sides. It sits on 190 acres (75 hectares) and is a favorite for hikers, joggers, picnickers and their dogs. This seaside woodland is a worthy destination for a short visit or the whole day.

The park was badly damaged during a Hurricane Juan in 2003 but has recovered to its original best. Come to see cultural, historical and natural attractions. Walk along the seaside trail that loops south past the Point Pleasant Battery and Naval Memorial. Learn about some of Halifax’s military history by visiting Fort Ogilvie and the old artillery batteries. Turn inland and you’ll find the Cambridge Battery, home to Point Pleasant Park’s popular Shakespeare by the Sea productions. Check the park’s website for concert details.

Enjoy a prime example of Atlantic Canada’s natural beauty on one of Point Pleasant Park’s many hiking and walking trails. Maps can be found at the park entrances. 

The park is a favorite local spot for many artists, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Choose from any number of picturesque spots to sit and view the surroundings. There are benches and tables dotted along the paths to take in the harbor vista or enjoy a picnic. Seek out Black Rock Beach on the west side, a favorite for visitors to relax by the water and look out to McNabs Island.

The park’s perimeter measures two miles (three kilometers), and covers a diverse terrain of rocky beach, grassy hills and pine and spruce woods. Visit in June to witness Halifax Regional Municipality ceremoniously pay one shilling in annual rent to the Government of Canada, honoring a lease negotiated in 1866.

Reach the park from downtown in 15 minutes via Halifax’s cheap and frequent buses. If you’re bringing your car, there are three different parking areas for your convenience. Entrance to the park is free and park staff keep the site operating safely until late at night.


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The Barrington Hotel ¥9,810
The Barrington Hotel

The Barrington Hotel

1875 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Scotiabank Centre. Neptune Theatre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Halifax ¥10,469
    Hotel Halifax

    Hotel Halifax

    1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Halifax, this spa hotel is steps from Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk, and Bay of Fundy. Scotiabank Centre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 18 minutes by foot.

      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites ¥9,696
      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

      1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Halifax, this luxury hotel is steps from Halifax Public Gardens and Bay of Fundy. Public Gardens Park and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are also within 10 minutes. Halifax Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        Four Points by Sheraton Halifax ¥12,299
        Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

        Four Points by Sheraton Halifax

        1496 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Neptune Theatre. Scotiabank Centre and Casino Nova Scotia are also within 15 minutes. Halifax Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Atlantica Hotel Halifax ¥11,685
          Atlantica Hotel Halifax

          Atlantica Hotel Halifax

          1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in South End, Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bay of Fundy, Public Gardens Park, and Halifax Citadel. Dalhousie University and Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk are also within 1 mi (2 km). Halifax Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            The Westin Nova Scotian ¥12,372
            The Westin Nova Scotian

            The Westin Nova Scotian

            1181 Hollis St, Halifax, NS
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in South End, Halifax, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and Pier 21 National Historic Site. Discovery Centre and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are also within 15 minutes. Halifax Station is only a 1-minute walk.

              Cambridge Suites Hotel ¥11,263
              Cambridge Suites Hotel

              Cambridge Suites Hotel

              1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Royal Artillery Park, Neptune Theatre, and Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Discovery Centre and Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library are also within 5 minutes. Halifax Station is 12 minutes by foot.

                Prince George Hotel ¥12,191
                Prince George Hotel

                Prince George Hotel

                1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Halifax, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Scotiabank Centre, Halifax Town Clock, and Grand Parade. Halifax City Hall and Neptune Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Halifax Station is 15 minutes by foot.