Disturbing The Ghosts – Part 6; Areas of stillness

Mount Saint Vincent University

This is Mount Saint Vincent University’s backyard. It’s where the former college once stood and much of the creepy aspects from that era still remain to some degree. There is at least one deer here that has an attitude and can even be aggressive. There are stacked stones, pillars, cones, monuments, and gates. This would be an ideal location for a Stephen King movie, and it’s sitting right in the hart of the city.


Mount Saint Vincent Universities Creepy Backyard

For decades, a Halifax neighbourhood has been known for a murder (of crows)


Murder Of Crows At Mount Saint Vincent University

Holy Crow: Birds continue to make their home at MSVU


Crows At MSVU

Nova Scotia Adventures

Cyril Smith Park is a 30 hectare park surrounding Big Albro and Martin Lake in North Dartmouth. It provides a public beach, sport field, and a formal and informal trail network at a district level. It also functions to buffer the lakes from development and provide access for sport fishing. The park presents some unique challenges owing to its rocky and boggy terrain. As well, the narrow configuration of park property on the west side of Albro Lake puts park users almost in private backyards. To the north, of Highway 111, it infills part of the lake.

Cyril Smith Park


McIntosh Run

An adventure to McIntosh Run in Spryfield off of Quartz Drive. This area is known for its ‘Heart Shaped Rock” and ‘Star Rocks’. The trails are well marked and are mixed use between mountain bikers and hikers. This is an excellent spot to go for a rip on your bike or a leisurely hike. I did get a little bit turned around in here but between my map app and the signs on the trails, I quickly found my way again. Here are some photos from the trip.

McIntosh Run Spryfield

Uniacke Estate Museum Park


Uniacke Estate Museum Park is part of the country estate of Attorney-General Richard John Uniacke. Born in 1753 at Castleton, County Cork, Ireland, Richard John Uniacke enjoyed the wealthy life of the landed gentry. Gentry standing for “ruling class”.

Uniacke’s grand country house was built between 1813 and 1815. It is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Canada. The estate offers visitors a  glimpse of life in the 1800s among Nova Scotia’s gentry or ruling class.


Nostalgic for his native Ireland, he modelled his property after the Irish country estates. His estate included a large family home, a number of barns, a coach house, guest house, wash house, baths, privy, hot house, caretaker’s house and an ice house.

He was interested in the latest agricultural methods and spent his last years improving his land and growing exotic plants in his hothouse. Late in life, he planted acorns that he brought to Canada from Ireland. Today, visitors can still see some of the mighty oaks he planted.

Trees were also used to form gateways, and planted in the fields to add to the picturesque beauty of the place. The brook was improved with stone walls and willow plantings thanks to ‘Earth Adventures’.


Stone walls have been discovered in what is now forest, evidence that many of the 100 acres cleared for Uniacke have since returned to the wild.


The Park

The park is located at 758 Highway 1 in Mount Uniacke, approximately 26 minutes from Halifax.

758 Highway 1

The park has washroom facilities in the form of outhouses, which are located near the trail head outside of the museum.

The trails are are well maintained and easily walk-able as is the entire property. There is a boat launch for canoeing and water sports. 

A beautiful place to paddle.

You can bring pets here but they must be on a leash. 

Entering the forest.

The hours vary but generally the park opens at 8:30 a.m. daily and closes at dusk. Check the hours on the museum’s Facebook page to be sure. 

There’s also a tea room on site with light refreshments for sale, and ample space for picnic lunches.

Admission is free for July and August of 2021. Check out the museum’s Facebook page.


Worth visiting

I wouldn’t have thought that this park was significant until I visited it recently. The sounds alone are worth the trip, but the scenery is what makes the experience so unforgettable.

The forested area feels like something out of an old Robin Hood movie with so many tall towering Oak and Hemlock trees. The trees provide plenty of shade and in some areas they allow the light to shine down onto the pathway making for some epic photos. Everyone should visit this park, whether they are from Nova Scotia or not as it is a world class historically significant property.

Sleepy Hollow

Information sources – Nova Scotia Tourism


Disturbing The Ghosts – Part 7; History stored in stones

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