Canada Lands acquired this former military site in 2014 from the Department of National Defence (DND). The property includes a French immersion school.
The total area of the original property was approximately 96.5 acres/39 hectares. Large portions of the site have significant water frontage and offer a large, relatively flat area suitable for development. Steeper areas around the edge of the site offer views of the harbour.
Indigenous Services Canada retained approximately nine acres/3.6 hectares of the site for transfer to the Millbrook First Nation. Although Canada Lands is the park’s master land developer, the Company is working in collaboration with the Millbrook First Nation to redevelop the property.
Canada Lands has undertaken public engagement, prepared a development plan and, in December 2019, made application to gain municipal planning approval. This process is ongoing and will include a city-led public engagement. After receiving approval, the Company will begin installing roads and services, and will market and sell serviced lots and/or blocks to builders (in phases, as appropriate). This work will include the extension of infrastructure to enable development of the Millbrook First Nation lands.
In 2017, to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, Canada Lands established the Canada 150 Trail and Lookout, which includes a pedestrian pathway and boardwalk lookout. This seasonal trail provides visitors with access to the Halifax Harbour and its beautiful views before any site development begins.