Waitlist: The Diverse and Magical Landscapes of Williams Lake Wilderness: A historical and ecological tour of the future Halifax Wilderness Park with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

July 21st 9:30AM-12:30PM
Rain Date: July 22nd

Meeting along Purcell’s Cove Rd. Accessible via Halifax Transit Route #15 or via bike lanes along Purcell’s Cove Rd.
Parking available.
Exact meeting details will be sent after registration.

Please note, this event is currently fully booked. Everyone who registers at this time will be added to the waitlist for the event. The event administrator will be in touch if a spot opens up. Please contact Meredith (Meredith.baldwin@natureconservancy.ca) if you have any additional questions

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada on a guided adventure exploring the future Halifax Wilderness Park. NCC welcomes David Patriquin, a retired Professor of Biology who has been active across many natural history, trail, and environmental movements to share his knowledge on the hike. David will guide hikers through the diverse natural landscape highlighting the vestiges of Nova Scotia’s first railway, historic quarries that built some of Halifax’s historic properties, and a varied landscape including a Jack Pine barrens site that horticulturalists describe with envy as “natural bonsai gardens”. We will discuss the ecology and the challenges of managing the area for both recreation and conservation. Moderate fitness level is required as trails are uneven with roots and large boulders to navigate.

About the Wilderness Area
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working alongside Halifax Regional Municipality and the Shaw Group to preserve an already popular hiking and swimming destination in the Williams Lake and Purcell’s Cove area. The future wilderness park contains a rare habitat of jack pine and broom-crowberry barrens, several wetlands, lakes, and mature forest - all of which provide habitat for more than 40 species of birds and other wildlife.

The urban wilderness park will be a sanctuary in the city: a place protected for both wildlife and people, with abundant opportunities for outdoors recreation and nature appreciation.  

Why you will love it

The Williams Lake area is already beloved for its swimming, panoramic views and rustic hiking. You will have a chance to explore its beauty while hearing the stories of its history and the plans underway to conserve it as a wilderness park. You will leave with an orientation of the trails so you can return on your own.