Canada 150 Trail

Canada 150 Trail

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New Beginnings

Fathom Studio (formerly Ekistics Plan + Design) was retained to complete design and construction drawings for a lookout at Norris point and trail access to that lookout. Undertaken by Canada Lands Company as part of Canada 150 celebrations, and marking a turning point in the history of the Shannon Park site; a critical moment in the site’s transformation from a former military community in North Dartmouth, NS, to a new, vibrant community whose design is currently underway. 

This project signifies a change in the site; a new use on a site that has not been accessible to the public for several years. It also marks a change in the physical make-up of the site; when the trail is opened, the buildings of the former Shannon Park will be gone, and only remnant infrastructure will remain. Beyond the site, the trail leads visitors to spectacular harbour views, and reveals the rich history of Halifax Harbour, from indigenous and military heritage, to the Halifax explosion, to today. This project is about tracing history, but also about recognizing the traces that we leave behind on sites as cities grow and change; the stories that a site can tell through landscape, objects, and new views.

STATUS

2017 

TYPE

landscape architecture, wayfinding, interpretive

CLIENT

Canada Lands Company

LOCATION

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Form: Media designed an integrated signage and wayfinding system to guide visitors from the trailhead to the lookout.

Form: Media designed an integrated signage and wayfinding system to guide visitors from the trailhead to the lookout.

Directional Signage show return distance along each route

Directional Signage show return distance along each route

The curved Ipe deck provide spectacular views to the Bedford Basin and the mouth of the Halifax harbour.

The curved Ipe deck provide spectacular views to the Bedford Basin and the mouth of the Halifax harbour.

Visitors get a unique view of the MacKay Bridge not possible from anywhere else in the city.

Visitors get a unique view of the MacKay Bridge not possible from anywhere else in the city.

Viewfinders highlight key sights around the harbour and create opportunities for social media sharing.

Viewfinders highlight key sights around the harbour and create opportunities for social media sharing.

The lookout and trail provide an ideal location to watch ships entering and existing the port.

The lookout and trail provide an ideal location to watch ships entering and existing the port.

CREDIT

Photos ©Scotty Sherin