Art in the Wilderness

Date: August 26th
Rain Date: September 16th
Time: 10AM-1PM
Meeting Instructions:
Meet along Alabaster Way (off Herring Cove Road). Exact meeting location to be sent upon registration. Street parking is available and the site can be accessed via the #9 bus.

Explore your craft with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in the future Halifax Wilderness Park! Participants will have the opportunity to try out an art activity of their choice with the help of talented community artists. Paint or sketch the wilderness with Renee Forrestall, learn nature photography with Cameron and Ryan, or channel your creativity with kind krafts to make clay nature ornaments! All ages and skill levels welcome. Those wishing to partake in painting or photography will be required to bring their own equipment.

Chose one of the following activities:

Wilderness Photography – Cameron and Ryan are both Halifax residents and self-taught photographers who are passionate about protecting nature and sharing its beauty! They will be guiding the group on a light hike highlighting the beautiful sites of the stunning and diverse Colpitt Lake area. Participants should bring a camera (even a cell phone works) noting that there will be hiking involved and gear should be portable.

Nature Krafts – kind krafts is a community-run nonprofit who facilitates art-based workshops along with creating and selling krafts which are sold at local shops and markets to benefit grassroots community initiatives! Kind krafts will be hosting a clay ornament workshop helping you fuse art and nature into something beautiful. Participants can take their kraft home or donate it to kind krafts to support their partners. This session welcomes all ages!

Painting and Sketching – capture the landscape alongside Renee Forrestall, a long time painter of the future Halifax Wilderness Park (commonly known as the Backlands) who has work featured in galleries across the East Coast! The group will work atop a ridge that provides a stunning view of the city peering through wilderness. Participants can bring painting supplies of their choice or a sketchbook. No experience needed.


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.  

Contact Meredith Baldwin