Category Archives: Parks and Protected Areas

May 11, 2021 – Halifax and West Community Council to consider the recent HRM staff report on the Church of Christ Lands

UPDATE May 11, 2021 9 pm: THE MOTION WAS PASSED View video of meeting Staff presentation begins at 1:38 (hr, min) Kathleen Hall, Karen Mckendry and Martha Leary made presentations at the end; go to 2:05 (hrs minutes) Tonight Halifax … Continue reading

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Backlands Coalition supports new zoning motion from Councillor Shawn Cleary

UPDATE June 23, 2020: Rezoning plea to preserve Purcell’s Cove land (Audio) CBC Information Morning Press Release, today, from the Backlands Coalition Halifax – On Wednesday, June 17, a motion was brought forward to Halifax and West Community Council by … Continue reading

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First excursion on new entrance to Shaw Wilderness Park made a good impression

I was on my way this afternoon to access the Shaw Wilderness Park via an informal route, and lo and behold, there was the new entrance off of Purcell’s Cove Road with a sign and a parking lot now open. … Continue reading

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Critical park/wilderness budget debate Wed Jan 29, 2020

Halifax regional Council Council will be debating the Park budget on Wednesday, January 29 at 9:30 am. Members of the public can speak for 5 minutes. Also, letters etc would be helpful. A couple of years ago HRM established a … Continue reading

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Jan 21, 2020: “Fundraising goal reached for Halifax wilderness park”

So reads a headline in the Chronicle Herald. From the article: A fundraising effort that will see an urban wilderness park established in Halifax has finally passed the finish line. The Nature Conservancy of Canada and local conservation groups held … Continue reading

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NCC/HRM Wilderness Park funding on final stretch

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is making appeals to help them (us) to cross the finish line for financing of the ‘urban wilderness’ park on the Clayton lands in the area of Williams and Colpitt Lakes. An $8 million project, … Continue reading

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NCC update upbeat

The NCC update on efforts to create the Urban Wilderness Park at Williams Lake, held at the Saraguay House yesterday evening, was well attended, upbeat and even mellow at the same time. The mellowness reflected the beautiful setting on the … Continue reading

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Nature Conservancy of Canada proposes innovative approach to accessing new wilderness area: underground parking and elevator

“In September HRM [Halifax Regional Municipality] announced that the tentative agreement for the Urban Wilderness Park on the Purcell’s Cove Backlands would include a parking lot and main entrance. “Since then some questions have been raised about the concept and … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Grantham works at Baka Gallery Cafe in Toronto

“Geoffrey Grantham began painting en plein air early in his career, in 1995. He paints throughout his native Nova Scotia, but has repeatedly returned to certain inspiring locations, such as the globally rare barrens found in the Purcell’s Cove Backlands. … Continue reading

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Land purchased for Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes

“On January 18, the Halifax Regional Municipality purchased approximately 197 acres of lands to form part of a Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park. This important acquisition marks the first parcel of land to be acquired by the municipality towards … Continue reading

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