One late afternoon this week we walked around Point Pleasant Park for the first time. This popular Halifax park is really quite marvelous: beach, paths, rocks, trees, history, very accessible to the urban walker – what more could one ask for? Of course popular means that there are always people – even on a cold, windy December day. This peninsular park located right on the Atlantic Ocean has many plaques and memorials. Perhaps the first you will see is the HMCS Bonaventure Anchor Memorial to Canadian navy members who died in peacetime service.
I quite liked the open nature of this park where views of the Atlantic ocean were many, especially with the leaves gone from the trees. And there are lots of trees, but it is clear that something happened to the “forest”. That something was hurricane Juan in 2003. Haligonians tell me that the effect on Point Pleasant Park has been dramatic. The city now has a plan for re-forestation and soon enough these singular trunks will be gone and the stark pines will be hidden.
Information about Point Pleasant Park is readily available.