Proposed Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park

Blue sky above a frozen Suzie's lake surrounded by snow-covered trees

Updated: May 3, 2022

The Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL) area is located on the western edge of the Halifax urban core and comprises Acadian forest, wetlands, and a system of lakes and headwaters, offering wilderness hiking opportunities to many residents and visitors.

What’s New?

In 2021, Halifax Regional Municipality signed a Statement of Collaboration with Parks Canada to indicate mutual interest in the opportunities for the BMBCL area as part of the new national urban parks program, which led to an approval by Regional Council to initiate the park planning process.

With the support of a contribution agreement signed with Parks Canada in January, the municipality has initiated a comprehensive background study of Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes (BMBCL) Regional Park.

Halifax Regional Municipality has engaged Stantec Consulting Ltd. to develop a comprehensive background report on the BMBCL area and vicinity. The four key areas considered in the study include:

  • Ecological and recreational conditions
  • Archaeological and cultural study
  • Analysis of land use and settlement
  • Review of park governance models

The purpose of the background report is to inform future BMBCL park planning, including integrating connections to nature through associated recreational uses, ecological conservation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Public Engagement

Community engagement and liaison efforts are necessary and crucial steps in this project. An online public engagement session was held by Stantec on April 13, 2022. The objective of the meeting was to collect information from the public on the four elements (listed above), to better inform the preparation of a Background Study. A copy of the presentation used at the April 13 engagement session can be accessed here

Where Stantec could not respond to all questions asked by participants during the live session, a Questions and Responses sheet has been made available. In addition, a feedback survey was open to the public from April 13 until May 1 (now closed). Feedback from the public engagement process will be outlined in a future “What We Heard” document, which will be made available on this webpage at a later date.

Staff Contacts

For additional information on the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park project, please contact:

Douglas Reid
Planning Coordinator
Parks & Recreation
902.237.7856
reiddo@halifax.ca