Halifax is blessed with some marvellous off leash dogs parks. Does the image below look like a big dog park ?
Coz it's not. It represents about 1% of Point Pleasant Park. Can you imagine ? The full park is 190 acres, of which 90% is designated "off leash" ! Ms. Wikipedia tells me that the park is owned by the Government of Canada (something I did not know) and is leased to Halifax for a ceremonial one shilling per year. Prior to Hurricane Juan, which devastated the park in 2003, the shaded paths meandered through a massive forest of tall trees.
|Before and after images depicting the devastating effects|
of Hurricane Juan. (Image from Wikipedia).
Now the park is far more open and bright with the new young under-story hiding the bare areas.
Located at the Southern tip of Halifax and facing the open ocean, Point Pleasant Park was once seen as a strategic military location, hosting several artillery batteries,
and still contains the Prince of Wales Tower which is the oldest Martello Tower in North America (1796).
|The Prince of Wales Tower|
And if you know the right places to explore you can find some hidden ruins.
Many roads and narrower hiking paths criss-cross the park.
You could walk for hours without walking on the same path twice.
|Sookie greets a dog walker with his large group of charges.|
And you'll never be short of doggie company !