Backlands Coalition
to host three
'Backlands 360' walks
Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Backlands Coalition invites Nova Scotians to participate in an afternoon of guided walks and discussions on Saturday, May 3, organized as part of the annual Jane's Walk events across Canada and around the world.
Choose a walk

Walk 1: Piggy's Mountain - meet at York Redoubt Parking Lot, 300 Ferguson Cove Rd, Halifax.

Walk 2: Upper McIntosh Run/Colpitt Lake - meet at Spryfield Lions Rink, 25 Drysdale Road, Halifax. The first part of this walk is wheelchair accessible.

Walk 3: Williams Lake & Environs - meet at St Augustine Anglican Church - 290 Purcell's Cove Rd, Halifax.

The goal of the 'Backlands 360' walks is to raise awareness about the Backlands, a unique 1,300-hectare urban wilderness area west of the Halifax peninsula and bordered by Purcell's Cove Road, Williams Lake Road, Herring Cove Road and Powers Pond.

Walks occur 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
on Saturday, May 3rd - rain or shine

Three short guided walks (one is wheelchair accessible) will provide opportunities to explore different parts of the Backlands. For each walk, we meet at 1:00 pm at one of the designated starting points in the Spryfield/Purcell's Cove area. Knowledgeable local volunteers will lead the walks from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring raingear (as appropriate) and water as well as binoculars and cameras, in case you'd like to share photos with the Backlands Coalition or Jane's Walk websites.

Discussion and refreshments at 3:30 pm
After the walks, we invite participants to join us at the Purcell's Cove Social Club (505 Purcell's Cove Road) at 3:30 pm. The Backlands Coalition will facilitate a short discussion, so participants can share what they saw on the walks and discuss why the Backlands matter to the future of Halifax.

Williams Lake
The Backlands host globally rare Jack Pine/Broom Crowberry communities. More..
These walks are organized as part of the annual Jane's Walk events scheduled for May 2 to 4. Jane's Walk is a movement of locally led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), a famous Canadian urbanist and activist whose writing championed a fresh, community-based approach to city planning. Walking tours held in May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live, play and work. In May 2013, more than 800 Jane's Walks were held in over 100 cities in 22 countries worldwide. For details on other events happening in Halifax and elsewhere, see

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Williams Lake
Williams Lake, at the wildland-urban interface