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Point Pleasant Park. Free, easy to reach, and threaded with woodland and waterside trails, this park is popular with locals and visitors alike. If you overstay and the parking lot is locked, call 311 to be let out. Point Pleasant Dr. and Tower Rd., Halifax, NS, B3H 1B5. 902/490–4700. www.pointpleasantpark.ca.

Sir Sandford Fleming Park. This park, free and very accessible, has a 2.8-km (1¾-mile) trail, with views across the Northwest Arm to Point Pleasant Park on the opposite shore. Marked by an impressive stone tower called the Dingle, it's named for the inventor of Standard Time, who summered on the property. 260 Dingle Rd., follow signs off Purcell's Cove Rd., Halifax, NS, B3P 1B1. No phone.

McNab's Island. At the mouth of Halifax Harbour, this island appeals to adventuresome spirits. Accessible only by boat, it has 14 km (9 miles) of wooded trails and birding sites, plus a 19th-century fort. Several companies provide water taxis or tours from different Halifax locations. The trip takes 25 minutes from the Halifax boardwalk and costs about C$20 for the round trip. There is no drinking water available on the island, so you must bring your own. Halifax, NS. 902/861–2560. www.mcnabsisland.ca.

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