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Point Pleasant Park is at the far end of Halifax on the peninsula. It is a 75 hectare wooded park and has walking trails, picnic spots, a restaurant and a beach. No cars are allowed so it's an excellent spot for children and dogs to run about. It also makes a refreshing change to get out of the city into the fresh air and open spaces even though it is still technically in Halifax. The park is easy to reach either by bus from the city centre or by driving although you have to park at the edge of the park (!). I went to Point Pleasant Park for a very particular reason. I was there to see "Shakespeare by the sea". This is a drama group who perform Shakespeares plays outdoors in the park. As a stage they use a ruined WW I and WW II fort. Entrance is a suggested donation of around $5 and you sit on the grass with your juice and your picnic and watch the show. The play was "Much ado about nothing" and I was a bit worried about it. I'm not very good with my Shakespeare plots and I wasn't sure if I would be able to follow the story or if I would be able to hear the actors. I needn't have worried as the play was out of this world. The actors were brilliant and ran all over the ruined fort and through the audience. I could follow the storyline easily because I could hear every word the actors said. It lasted about two hours and I loved it. You never knew where the actors were going to appear from next! The children in the audience seemed to enjoy it as well though most of the audience was adults. For those not to up on their Shakespeare you could buy a programme for a very small amount that told you the plot and about the actors in the play. Most of the actors had actually done TV work as well. Afterwards we all went for a walk through the park and visited the beach for an hour or so. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and rock pools and shore line debris to keep the children happy. This was a very relaxing end to a very relaxing day. Point Pleasant park certainly lives up to its name and indeed exceeds it. It is a wonderful place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of Halifax and is so easy to get to. If you are staying in Halifax for a while I would definitely recommend a visit especially to see "Shakespeare by the sea".
It is one of the areas of Halifax most cherished by its citizens.
Situated to the south of Halifax.