The vast green space and wooded trails of Point Pleasant Park, on the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula, contains 185 acres (75 hectares) of oceanside parkland. Bustling with walkers, joggers, and visitors to the seaside city, this park is home to statues, events, and memorials including the Halifax Monument erected in 1969.
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.
- Tote a picnic to enjoy near the sea while taking in the views.
- Cycling is permitted on designated trails during Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
- Trail and path maintenance during the winter months is limited.
- Many paths and trails are wheelchair accessible.
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.