22
Mar
09

Day 169 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The City Of Halifax and Point Pleasant Park, Nova Scotia

Faces Of The Day

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Happy Families on a Sunday Walk

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Carson finally took off his shoes and socks to climb to the top of the wave down at the Halifax Harbour.

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Viewing Art at the Carrefour Altantic Emporium on the waterfront

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A dishwasher takes a minute to have her photograph taken.

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The Dragon King restaurant had a impressive door!

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Friends spend the afternoon walking and talking along the waterfront in Halifax.

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Point Pleasant Park is one of the most used and best known regional public open spaces in Halifax. The area was a leisure destination for the people of Halifax for over 100 years

before it officially became a park in 1873, and today large numbers of people are drawn to its woodlands, shoreline and historic fortifications.

A Sunday Walk at the Point Pleasant National Park.

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Loving the ocean view!

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Nelly and Noah

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Geoff walks his Great Dane, Ebony.

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Gerry spends some quality time with her dog Keto.

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Now that she can walk, she runs!

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In 1749, Halifax become a strategic settlement for the British and fortifications were primarily intended to prevent enemy ships from getting into the Halifax Harbour. There were a total of seven fortifications constructed: Chain Rock, Chain Battery, Point Pleasant Battery, Northwest Arm Battery, Fort Ogilvie, Prince of Wales Tower and Cambridge Battery. Most were rebuilt or modified four or five times over the subsequent 200 years.The first defences were constructed int 1762 and built of logs,earth, and stone. They were built with wood-burning fireplaces, and furnaces were later added for smelting cannon shot.

Point Pleasant Battery is one of the oldest fortification batteries. Though Point Pleasant Battery was first constructed in 1762, what is visible today dates mostly from the early 1900s. It is blocked off now so that people don’t climb on it.

Point Pleasant Battery

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Prince of Wales Tower

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The Martello Tower in the park is one of five in Halifax. ThePrince of Wales Tower is the oldest Martello-style tower in North America.

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The Halifax Memorial, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea.The Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War lost twenty-four ships and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives.This granite Cross of Sacrifice is over 12 metres high and was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and unveiled in November 1967.

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Many couples enjoyed the beautiful weather together in the park.

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A Carefree Moment

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Spring is here! It seemed like almost everyone in Halifax had ventured outside to soak up the sun.

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Hurricane Juan struck Nova Scotia in late September 2003. It was the tenth named storm and the sixth hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic Hurricane season.70% of the trees in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park were destroyed, fundamentally changing the character of the large urban park.

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2 Responses to “Day 169 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: The City Of Halifax and Point Pleasant Park, Nova Scotia”


  1. 1 billi
    March 24, 2009 at 6:13 am

    i do believe you have given me a blinding epiphiny as to where i belong in this world.. listen carefully my friend, you’ll hear my laughter on these shores..

  2. August 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Great idea and a wonderfully done blog.

    I love the faces of the day …each photo evokes a different aspect of a happy emotion. Make sense? ah well I know what I mean 🙂

    I have just whiled away here skimming through the faces of Canada for 2 hours. Thank you for the journey.

    The Dogs of Point Pleasant always love being represented on a national stage. More of those friendly faces at http://www.dogs4ppp.com as well


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