We’ve switched to biennial data gathering for the city profiles — The data available here was collected in early 2022 and originally published in last year’s Canadian City Parks Report.
City Profile
Nova Scotia
Population: 439,819
  • Halifax has the fourth most hectares of parkland relative to population with 13 hectares per thousand people.
  • Halifax is above average for percentage of parkland that is natural area at 73%.
  • Halifax is one of 63% of cities that has an accessibility strategy that includes parks.
  • The municipality is working with Parks Canada to assess the possible designation of the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes area as a National Urban Park, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.
  • Halifax’s Cornwallis Park, originally named after the city’s founder, was renamed Peace and Friendship Park last summer in recognition of the founder’s mistreatment of the Mi’kmaq. The process was initiated in 2014, and Cornwallis’ statue was removed from the park in 2018.
  • A multi-level highway interchange will be redeveloped into the Cogswell District, a 6.5-hectare neighbourhood complete with four new parks, a transit hub, affordable housing, 500 trees and more. The neighbourhood strives to meet Rick Hansen gold certification in accessibility and will feature Mi'kmaw and African Nova Scotian culture and heritage through art and storytelling.
2019 data
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of parkland is natural area

4,185 ha total

75% of the area is undeveloped, containing vast areas of crown land and lakes, which yields a very small percentage of parkland.
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of total city land is parkland

592,700 ha of total city area

67 additional portable washrooms are available in parks.
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Public washrooms

4 winterized public washrooms

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