Here’s to You, Halifax Common

This #fetchfriday I want to talk about the Halifax Common (aka “the Commons”). This doesn’t fit the mould of a lot of my previous posts, because the Halifax Common is well known to most Haligonians, us included. Nonetheless, I think this incredible grassy–or snowy–space in the heart of Halifax deserves a shoutout.

Update: This is not an off-leash area and although a lot of people use it as such, we have heard that there have been some complaints and by-law enforcement has been issuing tickets in this area lately. So proceed with caution.

For one great summer back in 2010, we lived on Hunter Street, so Dal and I were frequent fliers at the Halifax Common. (Did you know it’s the oldest city park in Canada?!) Now that we live in Dartmouth we don’t go all that often, but it still makes for a handy place to stop if we’re running errands downtown.

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A Dog-Friendly Downtown New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year, everyone! While I am always excited to ring in the new year, it’s also with a bit of sadness that I say goodbye to the “old” year. And what a year 2015 was. Twelve books I loved, eleven rooms painted, ten bags of dog food, nine lovely houseguests, eight blog posts, seven NB visits, six weddings , five provinces travelled, four months of renos, three camping trips, two sad goodbyes, and one new career.  Oh, and countless dogventures.

To date, my focus has been on places to spend time with your dog outside. But this week’s dogventure takes us inside one of our favourite Halifax hotels.


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Plans for Fort Needham Park Present Another Blow to North End Dog Owners

It’s Christmas Eve!  Which means I am home for the holidays in New Brunswick; the stockings are hung; the egg nog is chilling.  Life is good.  I had planned to sit down to do a quick post before putting away the laptop for the next couple of days, but that was an hour ago.  In follow up to Martha’s post last week, I was working on adding Fort Needham Memorial Park to the directory when I fell down a rabbit hole.  But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

As Martha mentioned last week, Fort Needham Memorial Park is home to the City’s most notable tribute to the Halifax Explosion. It’s also a fantastic fetch spot, offering a large grassy field that is off-leash approved!  In fact, Fort Needham Memorial Park is our favourite North End haunt (due in large part to the serious lack of options in this area).


With the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion on the horizon (December 6, 2017), HRM plans to use this as an opportunity to develop a “Master Plan” for the park.  A public meeting was held on October 1, 2015, to discuss ways to improve the park and enhance its “commemorative” aspects.  Continue reading

Fort Needham Park Scores Two Paws Up from Our First Guest Blogger

I am beyond excited to introduce you guys to my first guest blogger, and one of my oldest and loveliest friends: Martha aka Gordy’s Mom! When I told Mar how my planned post for this week had gone to the dogs (yup, it was a real dog’s breakfast), she quickly and graciously offered to carry the torch (leash? .. okay, I’ll stop) this week. Because she’s just that kind of friend. So here it is: Fort Needham Park from the eyes of a true North Ender (and his mom).  Continue reading