Point Pleasant Park Canada, Halifax

Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park is a large, mainly forested municipal park at the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula. It once hosted several artillery batteries, and still contains the Prince of Wales Tower - the oldest Martello tower in North America (1796). The park is a popular recreational spot for Haligonians, as it hosts forest walks and affords views across the harbour and out toward the Atlantic.

Plays are performed in the park every summer by the Shakespeare by the Sea theatre company. The performances usually take place at Cambridge Battery and include both Shakespearean and pantomimes for younger audiences.

Point Pleasant Park is owned by the Government of Canada under the administration of the Minister of the Department of Canadian Heritage and is leased to Halifax Regional Municipality for a ceremonial 1 shilling per year. The original lease for the land was negotiated by Sir William Young in 1866.