The Purcell’s Cove Backlands

Massive progress towards an unbelievable urban wilderness park.

Soon, all this may be protected forever.

On September 5, 2017, Halifax Council voted to invest $4.5 million in turning the Purcell’s Cove Backlands into a Nature Conservancy.

A Beautiful Opportunity

In 2014, the Nature Conservancy of Canada approached the owners of this massive property and asked them if they would forego substantial profits from potential development to allow the land to instead be protected.

They agreed.

Now with Council support, two critical steps remain before the project moves forward.

The Proposal

The Nature Conservancy will design the protected area to meet multiple goals:

Recreation and Relaxation

The project will include a park with a wheelchair-accessible path and other public amenities.

Hiking and Learning

The deeper wilderness will include rough trails, with a focus on maintaining natural beauty. It will be programmed with educational opportunities.


The project will preserve bird habitat and the area’s unique ecosystems, such as the Jack Pine – Broom Crowberry Barrens.

Local residents have been working to protect this land for years. Time to make that dream a reality.

How you can help

  • Show support at the public consultations.

    Council’s support for this project is contingent on the public voicing support at upcoming consultations. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard! Public Consultation: Thursday October 5 at 6:30pm. Captain William Spry Centre.

  • Write your Councillor

    Express your excitement and support for Council’s visionary decision to move forward on this park.

  • Donate

    The Nature Conservancy needs every bit of support they can get, big and small, to get to their fundraising target of $3.5 million.

Let’s make this happen!

Signup to show support!

Halifax has taken a massive step towards protecting this park, but to make sure we get it over the finish line, we need everyone’s support. Signup to find out about public consultations and how you can help make this park a reality.

Further information

Urban Wilderness Park
The Backlands Coalition
The Nature Conservancy of Canada