A natural harbor, numerous heritage buildings, and a thriving arts and culinary scene make Halifax one of the most charming maritime towns in Nova Scotia. Even if you’re pressed for time, you can still experience the highlights of the fabulous waterfront community.
Point Pleasant Park
Point Pleasant Road & Tower Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Point Pleasant Park is one of Halifax’s top attractions for nature lovers and locals alike, with 24 miles (39 kilometers) of flat and winding paths and trails through a dense forest of mature trees. You can walk the outskirts of the park for ocean views, or venture inward to see the preserved Prince of Wales Tower, built in the 1800s, as well as other defence batteries located throughout the park.
In addition to walking, jogging, and swimming in the ocean (note that the beach is unsupervised), you can also enjoy the park’s year-round events, such as Shakespeare by the Sea Theatre Company performances in summer.
Things to Know Before You Go
Point Pleasant Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and anyone seeking a respite from the bustling city.
Pack a picnic to enjoy near the sea while taking in the views.
Cycling is permitted on designated trails on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Trail and path maintenance during the winter months is limited.
Many paths and trails are accessible for wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Located at Point Pleasant Road and Tower Road, the park is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Halifax. Paid parking is available, but note that parking lot hours vary seasonally. Pleasant Point Park is also easily accessible by public bus or taxi.
When to Get There
Point Pleasant Park is open from 5am to 12am daily. It is busiest during the warmer months (May to September), when you can swim in the ocean and take in popular events. If visiting in winter, come prepared for heavy snow, cold temperatures, and wind.
What to do in Nova Scotia
There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Nova Scotia beyond the Point Pleasant Park. Take a trip to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and drive the scenic Cabot Trail; visit the photogenic Peggy's Point Lighthouse in the Peggy's Cove fishing village; or go inland to the picturesque Kejimkujik National Park, home to campsites, canoes, and Mi'kmaw petroglyphs.
- Halifax Cruise Port
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
- Halifax Public Gardens
- Spring Garden Road
- Government House
- Halifax Harbour
- Alexander Keith's Brewery
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
- St. Paul's Anglican Church
- Province House
- Halifax City Hall
- Fairview Lawn Cemetery
- Old Town Clock