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History

From the early years, Point Pleasant drew townsfolk seeking a retreat in the woodlands and fields, which offered views of the coastline and harbour mouth. In 1866 Point Pleasant Park was formally established, and the directors signed a 99-year lease from the Crown; in 1879 the lease was extended to 999 years. A flurry of activity followed, and many landmarks were created that remain in the Park to this day: roads and paths were built; trees were planted; and the summerhouses, the gates at Young Avenue and the Superintendent’s Lodge (now known as the Point Pleasant Park Lodge and called simply “the lodge” hereafter in this document) were all erected before the 20th century. Sir William Young and other early directors assumed an active role in the Park’s creation; Young lobbied for support, supervised improvement work and contributed his own capital to the effort (Kitz and Castle, 1999).



Cultural Tour of Point Pleasant Park

 

Cultural Tour Map

Site 1 banner PP Lodge and Quarry Pond Completed in 1897, the design of the stone house was similar to that of the gable house at the residence of the late British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
Site 2 banner Prince of Wales Tower Commissioned in 1796 by Prince Edward, the future Duke of Kent, this Martello Tower is now cared for by Parks Canada.
Site 3 banner Chain Rock Battery In 1762 a boom of timber and iron chains stretched across the Northwest Arm to prevent enemy ships from entering.
Site 4 banner Mi'Kmaq Cultural Site The Mi'kmaq call themselves L'nu'k, and their tribal name Mi'Kmaq comes from their own word nikmaq, which means 'my kin friends.' They used this word as a greeting when speaking to newcomers from Europe and it soon became associated with the speakers themselves.
Site 5 banner Cambridge Battery Completed at the end of 1868 the Cambridge Battery was equipped with guns that could cover the whole harbour entrance including the Northwest Arm. This area is now home to Shakespeare by the Sea's seasonal productions.
Site 6 Banner Hurricane Juan Demonstration Plot On September 29, 2003, Hurrican Juan blew down about 70% of the mature trees in Point Pleasant Park. Most areas of the park were cleaned up with the exception of this small demonstration plot.
Site 7 Banner Purcell's Landing Beginning in 1853, various memebers of the Purcell family ran a ferry service from Purcell's Cove to Point Pleasant Park for 118 years.
Site 8 Banner Northwest Arm Battery This battery was constructed to help protect Halifax from a sea attack. Also of note at this location is the Summer house which was bequeathed by William West, a wealthy merchant.
Site 9 Banner Halifax Sailors Memorial Erected in 1967, this 12 metre high, granite Cross of Sacrifice Memorial is in honour of the men and women of the Navy, Army, and Merchant Navy of Canada who lost their lives at sea.
Site 10 Banner Point Pleasant Battery Point Pleasant Battery, one of the earliest, dating from 1762, was hastily built to guard against attack from the sea.
Site 11 Banner Canadian Peace time Memorial The anchor here is from the HMCS Bonaventure "Bonnie" which served from 1957 until 1970. She carried Banshees, Trackers and Sea King helicopters.
Site 12 banner Fort Ogilvie Six 24 pounders, guns mounted on traversing platforms, faced the harbour. During World War I troops were stationed in the fort and the gun modernized.
Site 13 Banner Original Farm lots In 1749 a settlement was established here. However, it was soon decided to locate the town further down the harbour. Point Pleasant was partitioned into farm and fish lots. It was also the location of William West's second Summer house.

 

Comprehensive Plan

Point Pleasant was valued for its evergreen forest, which hid historic remnants of First Nations’ occupation, as well
as the city’s military past and its early settlement. Decimation of the Park following Hurricane Juan in late September of 2003 required
a comprehensive plan to guide the evolution of the Park over the next century. This plan reflects the shared values of the community
and aims to maximize the Park’s benefits for future generations, while restoring a more resilient and sustainable forest.

Table of Contents & Executive Summary
Chapter 1- Introduction
Chapter 2 - Inventory and Analysis
Chapter 3 - Guiding Principles
Chapter 4 - Management Plan
Chapter 5 - Park Development Plan
Chapter 6 - Implementation
Glossary Case Studies References