The Halifax Common is a special place within the heart of Halifax. Its parks and green spaces lend a unique sense of place and community identity, providing spaces for recreation and leisure, social gatherings and celebrations, connection to the outdoors, and ties to history.
Equally important, the Halifax Common is also a place where people work, learn, and heal through health care, education, culture, and recreation facilities. The Common’s diversity of land uses creates prosperity and vibrancy within the capital city.
In 1763, 235 acres of land was granted for a Common for the use of the inhabitants of the Town of Halifax forever. As the city developed, the Halifax Common became defined by the boundaries of major streets. With significant public institutions and a multitude of active recreation facilities, open spaces, and cultural features, the Halifax Common is a special place for residents from across the municipality.