Spryfield is a historic farming community located in Halifax’s eastern Chebucto Peninsula, which sits on top of a hill overlooking the Armdale Rotary and the Mainland of Halifax. Established in 1766, Spryfield was named after Captain William Spry, the owner of the first cleared farm land in the area. It has grown over the decades to become the resource rich community with many active and engaged residents that it is today. There is now a steadily expanding local business district with grocers, restaurants, a new YMCA, community health program, professional services, great shopping, and the fantastic Captain William Spry Centre, where you can find a library, pool, gym, skate park, and other community programming.
Although located so close to the city, Spryfield’s wooded trails, hidden gardens, and vast lakes provide the outdoor adventures and relaxation that you crave, all just a quick cab ride to downtown Halifax! The Spryfield Urban Farm Museum, found in part of the original Kidston Farm, also provides you with opportunities to raise your own vegetable gardens, educate your children about agriculture, and provides yet another place for quiet contemplation.
The Spryfield community has so many exciting new developments offering the opportunity for Buyers to live, work, and play within quick and easy access of the city. With a growing population, many new subdivisions like Governor’s Brook, and local amenities that rival other small communities, you can truly say that you live in a community that balances the best of both worlds.
Long Lake Provincial Park
Within the heart of Spryfield you’ll find Long Lake Provincial Park, which provides you and your family with a beautiful scenic walk, run, or bike ride through the untouched wilderness. If your family prefers water activities, there is plenty of swimming, canoeing, and kayaking opportunities on beautiful Long Lake as well! If you are looking for a little more adventure, there are plenty of trails branching off of the main route that are largely unmarked and not mapped as well as the ample ‘off-path’ opportunities, so bring along your compass or a trail marker, especially when walking away from the shoreline.
As you make your way into the park you are rewarded with all kinds of beautiful finds, from lakeside views, to interesting geology, to beaver dams and wildlife that is not traditionally found in the city. This is where serenity meets convenience!
Rocking Stone Park
Another fantastic opportunity to stretch your legs and catch some fresh air! Rocking Stone Park provides ample opportunity for walking and hiking and in the winter there is even the chance to enjoy snowshoeing and
skating. The park is known for the 90+ ton Glacial Erratic Boulder that in the past was able to be rocked back and forth relatively easy. That is, until a band of Sailor’s from the Halifax Garrison rocked it into a more stable position in the 1890’s and since then the base has been eroding from excessive rocking, however it can still be moved with a lever, so stop in and try your strength!
Here you will also find beautiful views, breathtaking greenery, and additional opportunity for swimming, canoeing, and other water based activities on Kidston Lake.