Disturbing The Ghosts – Part 5; Spiritual and mysterious areas

“The tiny fishing villages along the Atlantic Ocean in the Prospect Area are the first to greet the ships coming into the Port of Halifax”.

http://www.peggyscoveregion.com/prospect-area/

Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve (High Head Trail)

“The Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve is located at Prospect High Head, 23 kilometres southwest of Halifax. It is 10 kilometres east of iconic Peggy’s Cove”.

https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/nova-scotia/featured-projects/dr-bill-freedman-nature.html

Go Bouldering

“The world famous Prospect area offers some of the best bouldering in Nova Scotia. Boulders, some weighing several tons are scattered all along the coast as if they were conveniently placed on top of one another”.

http://www.peggyscoveregion.com/prospect-area-things-to-do-go-bouldering/

Prospect Village Genealogical Website

“The village of Prospect is located 22 kilometers outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia on the western shore of the Chebucto Peninsula. A strategically placed fishing out- post the community has served as an important political, economic and religious centre over the course of the last 260 years”.

http://www.prospectvillage.ca/

HMS Fantome memorial – Prospect Nova Scotia

The Wreck of HMS Fantome

“Just ten years ago now there was a flurry of press coverage about the British warship HMS Fantome, because a Cape Breton treasure hunting company had received a permit to explore the brig’s wreck site at Prospect, Nova Scotia”.

https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/event/wreck-hms-fantome

High Head Hiking Trail

“There are two entrance points to this four-kilometre, one-way hiking trail along the coastline in Prospect. You can park on Hages Lane and enter through the wooded Dr. Bill Freedman Nature Reserve, or for our recent hike, we parked on the other end of the trail along the Prospect Bay Road at the bottom of Indian Point Road”.

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/lifestyles/regional-lifestyles/hike-nova-scotia-high-head-hiking-trail-great-spot-for-families-to-explore-505828/

Doctor Bill Freedman Wilderness Area

High Head Trail – HMS Fantome

Random sign on the Prospect Road that says “crepairs”.

Best trails in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia

“Explore the most popular trails near Terence Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you”.

https://www.alltrails.com/canada/nova-scotia/terence-bay

All Trails Map

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/canada/nova-scotia/terence-bay?b_tl_lat=44.50851669879711&b_tl_lng=-63.80693785774666&b_br_lat=44.44796648238281&b_br_lng=-63.65308125296893

Terence Bay Wilderness Area

“Much of Terence Bay Wilderness Area is typical of Nova Scotia’s Pennant Coastal Barrens Natural Landscape, which extends from Peggy’s Cove to York Redoubt in Halifax Harbour. This includes dramatic granite headlands, rugged barrens and patches of coastal, conifer forest. This rugged terrain extends inland, but is here consistently forested with mixtures of spruce, fir, maple, birch and some white pine.” 

https://novascotia.ca/nse/protectedareas/wa_terencebay.asp

SS Atlantic Heritage Park

“The immigrant steamship SS Atlantic of the White Star Line, en route to Halifax, ran aground near Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia on April 1, 1873. Of the approximately 975 aboard, some 550 perished in the worst single-vessel marine disaster to occur off the Canadian coast prior to the sinking of the Titanic”.

http://www.ssatlantic.com/

HMS Fantome memorial – Prospect Nova Scotia

The Wreck of the SS ATLANTIC – Halifax, NS 1873

Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park is a large, forested park at the southern tip of the Halifax peninsula. It once hosted several artillery batteries and still contains the Prince Of Wales tower – the oldest Martello tower in North America (1796). Martello towers, sometimes known simply as Martellos are small defensive forts that were built across the British Empire during the 19th century.

Plays are performed in the park every summer by a theatre company called Shakespere by the Sea. The performances take place at Cambridge Battery, and include both Shakespearean productions and original musicals based on classic mythology for audiences of all ages.

In 1866 the British Empire leased the park to the city of Halifax for $1, an agreement that is still upheld to this day.

St. Aspinquid’s Chapel was established by Priest Louis-Pierre Thury at Halifax in the late 17th century. The chapel is a natural stone amphitheatre located by Chain Rock Battery on the Northwest Arm in Point Pleasant Park.

There are numerous notable people buried in the burial grounds around the chapel and it is also the location of the Mi’ kmaq celebration of the Feast of St. Aspinquid, which was conducted through much of the 18th century.

A Walk In The Park at Point Pleasant Park

Small amounts of stone were quarried in the park in the 19th century, the small quarries today forming a pond near the park entrance. In the 1920s, the Halifax street line was extended into the park as far as the Prince of Wales Tower but the route was abandoned in the 1940s.

In September 2003, Point Pleasant Park was devastated by Hurricane Juan. Nearly three quarters of the park’s trees were knocked down and the park remained closed until June 2004. While there were still trees remaining, the park now had a very thin canopy.

Despite the long history of violent wars and stone quarries, Point Pleasant Park is a fantastic spot to walk, jog, and even ride a bike. There are numerous park benches and bathrooms throughout the park. Some of the hills can be challenging and the trails can criss cross one another, but the trails are well marked.

A Walk In The Park at Point Pleasant Park

To see the history of this park one simply needs to look to either side of the trail while walking where many stone walls and monuments can be found.

Point Pleasant Park

Point Pleasant Park ritual area

Witchcraft

The Engineered Wetlands Park is one of the hardest to access in HRM, and there is little to no information published about it by the city of Halifax. The park is located at a natural gas facility on Akerley Blvd and the two statues that are the main features of the park are surrounded by a fence that is on an island in a swamp. What a strange place.

Beautiful Wetlands & Blue Statues by Burnside Industrial Park – DJI Mavic Mini

Engineered Wetlands Park

“The proposed concept for a new dedicated off-leash dog area is illustrated on Map 1. The concept plan shows two areas of the planned development: Area A is wholly within Don Bayer Park and represents a complete off-leash area proposal. Area B is a 0.59 hectare (1.45 acres) HRM owned triangular shaped property (PID 41103482) located between Don Bayer Park and Burnside Drive, and contains a 10m wide easement for a 323.9 mm gas pipeline – it is not currently classified as parkland.”

Disturbing The Ghosts – Part 6; Areas of stillness

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