Located in the south end of the city, Point Pleasant Park is one of Halifax’s greatest public areas. The 183 acre park has large wooded areas and many walking trails, and offers wonderful views of the Atlantic ocean and the harbor. It is beautiful year round. While visiting Halifax, the park is a great place to go for exercise, a leisurely stroll in the forest, a quiet moment, or playtime for your kids. You’ll see many tourists and Haligonians walking their dogs, running, and enjoying nature. Although the water is cold most days of the year, swimmers enjoy the park’s small swimming beach.
Years ago, Point Pleasant Park was extremely important in defending Halifax. It had several artillery batteries, the remains of which can still be seen today. Constructed by the British in 1762, Point pleasant battery is one of the oldest fortification batteries. Over the past few centuries, the batteries have endured various military attacks, as well as storms. What is still left of Point Pleasant Battery today is mostly from the 1900s. Remains of a Martello Tower, also built in the 18th century, can also be seen today in Point Pleasant Park.
One interesting, fun fact about Point Pleasant Park is that it is currently on a 999-year long lease from Great Britain. The city of Halifax currently pays a rent of 1 shilling (about 10 cents) per year.
During warmer months, Point Pleasant Park hosts performances by the Shakespeare By the Sea theater company. Shakespeare by the Sea performs several Shakespeare plays a season (during summer 2010, for example, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and Treasure Island were ont he playbill), as well as family-oriented matinees. This has been a favorite activity for Haligonians and tourists for seventeen years. For more information regarding performances and times, click here.
With its beautiful views and serene landscape, Point Pleasant Park is a wonderful place for celebrations and events.
For park rules, hours, and telephone numbers, check out the park’s website here.
[image: J. Elliott]