Halifax Diverse Blog

Dartmouth Commons Takes Root makes a splash!

Rows of blueberry bushes planted in the Dartmouth Common

On October 18th, we hosted a tree and shrub planting in the Dartmouth Commons with the support of numerous community members who came out to assist, as well as city staff and elected representatives who showed their support both on the ground, and in council. 

We had a great turnout of devoted community members who eagerly planted the 7 trees and 100+ shrubs that comprise the municipality's first community orchard.  

Halifax Diverse Walks the spooky side of Halifax - Oct. 29th

Old Halifax: Image from the NS Archives, Notman Studio NSARM accession no. 1983-310 number A-3 / 100003 novascotia.ca/Archives

This October we're taking a walk on the spookier side of things in the Halifax Commons area. We're going to be guided by expert historian and author, Blair Beed, who will show us the area around and including the Halifax Commons. Mr. Beed, a former contender for Halifax Town Crier, will take us in the footsteps of those who came before us, and tell us about the impacts these spirits have had, and still have today, on our city.

Congrats to the Russell Lake Takes Root raffle winner!

The winner of the Russell Lake Takes Root raffle prize receives his winnings at Kent Building Supplies Russell Lake

Congrats to Paul who won the raffle prize from Russell Lake Takes Root 2. He takes home a fall yard-care package from Kent, Russell Lake, consisting of a battery powered leaf blower/mulcher, electric chainsaw, lawn spreader, and more. A huge thanks to Kent Russell Lake for donating the prize in support of our program, and everyone who purchased tickets so that we can continue to provide quality events to the public!

Russell Lake Takes Root 2

Russell Lake Takes Root 2 event poster

Help us plant 2100 trees in Baker Drive Park, and celebrate Russell Lake Takes Root.

Last year we hosted our first tree planting in Russell Lake West, a new community branching off of Baker Drive in Dartmouth. We planted 1200 trees with the help of over 400 members of the community both local, and further afield. We're returning this year to continue our mission to make Baker Drive Park a greener place on Sept 20th, 10AM-2PM. 

Discover McNabs Island with Waterfront Development

Discover McNabs like never before, with Waterfront Development and Halifax Diverse

This unique, one time event offers you the opportunity to visit McNabs Island, receive two 1-hour guided walks by expert historians and naturalists, and 3 hours of free time on the island. Sponsored by Waterfront Development and hosted by Halifax Diverse, we are as excited to explore the island as you are!

Get your tickets on Eventbrite!


Halifax Goes Wild Photo Contest

Give us your best shot for the Halifax Goes Wild photo contest!

Show off your photo skills and the city’s green spaces in our photo contest, with prizes provided by Atlantic Photo Supply. Here's the answers to all your questions about this contest!

 “What kind of photos are you looking for?” – Photos should depict a green space within the municipality. This could be a park, a beach, your own backyard, or more. Photos can have people in them (with their consent), or not, it’s up to you!

Submit an image to Halifax Goes Wild through Twitter

Send us a tweet with the following text:


My @HfxDiverse #HalifaxGoesWild photo entry:


Then attach your photo and tell us your name, the name of the photo (if you wish) and when/where the photo was taken. We'll contact you through Twitter if you win!

Unfortunately there's no way to make a fancy button to do this automatically :(


Thanks for entering!

Intersection redesign is an example of Urban Forestry Master Plan in action

Panoramic view of the intersection next to the Halifax Common which will be converted into a roundabout

A long awaited roundabout is going to mean the end of some long standing trees on the Halifax Common.

Work is beginning this week on the conversion of the North Park and Cunard Street intersection into a roundabout and will causes significant changes to the surrounding area. Most noticeably this will involve reshaping the intersection into a traffic circle, including the use of some land that was formerly green space on the North Common.