Cultural Landscape

Old railbed

Old railbed

The documents below address mostly the colonial era. We are seeking information about traditional use of the Backlands by the Mi’kmaw. We recognize that these lands are unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaw Territory.

Marcos Zentilli. 2015. Historical importance of the Purcell’s Cove Quarries. Summary Nov. 201, 2015, with photos from NS Archives.
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Rachael Groat, 2016. Interpretation Planning for Purcell’s Cove Quarries (Rachael Groat). Bachelor of Community Design Honours Thesis (Dalhousie University. “This project explores the geologic history of the Purcell’s Cove quarries through the lens of interpretation planning, with the intent of establishing the cultural and heritage significance of the site.”
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Cole Grabinsky, 2016 Interpretation Planning for Purcell’s Cove Quarries (Cole Grabinsky). Bachelor of Community Design Honours Thesis (Dalhousie University).”This project focuses on the industrial history of the Purcell’s Cove granite quarries and follows an interpretation planning process to identify character defining elements. I collaborated with Rachael Groat who explored the geologic history of this area.”
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Elsie (Purcell) Millington. 2000. Purcell’s Cove. The little place that helped build Halifax City. Self published. ISBN 1-895332-25-7

Heather Watts and Michele Raymond. 2003. Halifax’s Northwest Arm. An illustrated history. Formac Press, Halifax

Heather Watts. 1979. Beyond the NW Arm: A local history of Williams Lake Compiled for the Williams Lake Conservation Co. 1979
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Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Environmental Planning Studio II. 1995. A Community Study of the Wildlands Area. NSCAD, 36 pages.
“Environmental Planning Studio II set out to prepare background studies to support detailed area planning for the Wildlands [the Backlands]. Our objectives included: 1. to analyze current and historic land uses, including recreational and resource uses of the Wildlands; 2. to determine the attitud es, values and perceptions that community members hold about the Wildlands area.” View/Download

John W. Ragan.1908. Sketches and traditions of the Northwest Arm. McAlpine, Halifax. Available online at Open Library. A facsimile edition was published in 1978 and is available at some used book stores.

Rachael Nicholls. 2015. Exploring Halifax’s Industrial Heritage: The Williams Lake Historic Corridor Honours thesis in School of Planning Dalhousie University, April 10, 2015 View/Download

Janet Kitz and Gary Castle. 1999. Point Pleasant Park. An illustrated history. Pleasant Point Publishing, Halifax.

Archival photos A set of 12 photos taken over the period 1870 to 1943, e.g., of iceboating on Williams Lake (1920), the Atlantic sugar house (ca. 1900). View/Download