Melville Cove - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Melville Cove Halifax: a perfect place to boat, hike and live

Today we are hiking a short trail at Melville Cove in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Melville Cove is a residential subdivision in Armdale on Mainland Halifax within the Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotia on the shore of the Northwest Arm in Halifax Harbour. At only 1.9 kms or 1.18 miles long, the trail offers a ton of amazing ocean views along this out-and-back trail. This mostly flat trail only has an elevation gain of 15 meters, or 49 feet.
The path consists of crushed rock, making it suitable for bikes and strollers in addition to those on foot. Throughout this hike, you have some amazing views of the Armdale Yacht Club, the premier club for those with a sailboat here in Halifax.

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Halifax has a rich sailing history and that carries on here today in the northwest arm, as they host sailboat racing during the summer months. This area is prime oceanfront access, and as a result, you typically have the opportunity to find animals, birds, and objects only found on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. As you walk along the path, you are welcomed by the natural beauty of the ocean, and the man made beauty of the homes here. Condos in the area start about $250,000 and easily reach into the half a million dollar price range.

Melville Island is a small peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada, located in the Northwest Arm of Halifax Harbour, west of Deadman's Island. It is part of the Halifax Regional Municipality. The land is rocky, with thin, acidic soil, but supports a limited woodland habitat.

The site was discovered by Europeans in the 17th century, though it was likely earlier explored by Indigenous peoples. It was initially used for storehouses before being purchased by the British, who built a prisoner-of-war camp to hold captives from the Napoleonic Wars and later the War of 1812. The burial ground for prisoners was on the adjacent Deadman's Island.

Later, Melville Island was used as a receiving depot for Black refugees escaping slavery in the United States, then as a quarantine hospital for immigrants arriving from Europe (particularly Ireland). It briefly served as a recruitment centre for the British Foreign Legion during the Crimean War, and was then sold to the British for use as a military prison. In 1907 the land was granted to the Canadian government, which used it to detain German and Austro-Hungarian nationals during the First World War. During the Second World War, prisoners were sent to McNabs Island instead, and ammunition depots were kept on Melville Island.

The peninsula now houses the clubhouse and marina of the Armdale Yacht Club. Melville Island has been the subject of a number of cultural works, most of which concern its use as a prison.

If you’re planning a trip to Melville Cove Halifax, there are a few resources that can help you make the most of your visit. The Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre is a great place to start. They have six locations throughout the province, including one in Halifax, where you can drop in for information on Nova Scotia’s travel experiences. Their friendly and knowledgeable travel counsellors and tourism ambassadors can help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in Halifax.

Another useful resource is the Tourism Nova Scotia website. Here you can find information on visitor centres, travel guides, and top attractions and experiences throughout the province.