On the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula you’ll find Point Pleasant Park, a large municipal park where visitors of all sorts can find something – well -- pleasant.
History lovers should check out the remarkably preserved 18th century Martello tower known as the Prince of Wales Tower, a 26-foot high heavily armed defense structure used from the early 1800s to protect the city. Other defense batteries can also be found around the area, including the Cambridge Battery.
Several monuments pay tribute to Halifax’s heritage, the largest being the Halifax Monument (or Sailor’s Memorial). This memorial was originally erected in 1969 to pay tribute to the members of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Merchant Navy, and the Canadian Army who were lost at sea. Since then, the monument has been replaced twice.
In the summer, literary folks can enjoy plays performed by the Shakespeare by the Sea theatre company. There are also many trails for running or walking. You can pack a picnic, sit at a table near the sea, and enjoy the views. You can walk your dog, but park rules demand that he or she be leashed at all times.
The park is located on Point Pleasant Drive and is open from 6 AM to
midnight daily. Parking is available, but parking lot hours change per
season. Consult the park website for more details.