Shannon Park

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Canada Lands Company acquired approximately 87 acres (33 hectares), including a five-acre (two hectare) school site from the Department of National Defence in March 2014. The total area of the original DND 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 out over the harbour.

Approximately nine acres (3.6 hectares) were retained by the Federal Government to be transferred to the Millbrook First Nation as an addition to their reserve lands.

Shannon Park is a former Department of National Defence (DND) site dating back to 1949. The property is strategically located on the Halifax Harbour, in the North Dartmouth area of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

Originally, the site housed a small community including 421 apartment units, a Canex, two schools, two churches, four storage facilities, an arena, swimming pool, community centre and a large sports field. The majority of these buildings were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, while the Canex was built in 1987.

The site was fully occupied by DND personnel until the announcement of the realty rationalization plan in 2001. Upon that announcement, DND personnel started leaving the site and by 2003, all DND personnel were accommodated elsewhere and all buildings, with the exception of the arena, Canex, community centre and school, were vacated.  All buildings have since been demolished except for the school and the Canex building, which is currently leased to and occupied by DND.

Canada Lands Company is the master land developer of the property and in this role has undertaken public consultation, prepared a redevelopment plan, and made application to gain municipal planning approval in December 2016. Approval has been delayed as a result of the “Centre Plan” process, a municipally initiated and lead comprehensive planning process specifically focused on regulating development within the HRM urban core. The process is several years behind schedule but when adopted the “Centre Plan” will create a new planning and development control regime for Shannon Park.

Canada Lands Company is currently working with Schooner Sports and Entertainment to provide them with the information they require for their business case submission for a community stadium at Shannon Park to the municipality.

In 2017, to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, Canada Lands established the Canada 150 Trail, 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 development on the site begins.

The Canada 150 Trail and Lookout is operated by Canada Lands. Unlike other public trails such as those that are operated by the Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada Lands does not provide year-round maintenance and security of the trail due to the site’s location, typography and  concurrent redevelopment.

In 2019, the Canada 150 Trail and Lookout will be open for public use from June 1 to October 31.

Property Update

2015 06 10

Canada Lands Company is pleased to invite you to its Ideas Fair


Planning for the redevelopment of Shannon Park is a multi-stage process. At this initial stage we value the opportunity to share and gain insight on Shannon Park’s history, environment, surrounding neighbourhood and its possible uses.


Canada Lands Company is hosting an Ideas Fair which will enable participants the opportunity to engage in lively conversations. Members of the community will be encouraged to share their knowledge about the property and their ideas, hopes and vision for its future redevelopment. If you are interested in attending, please indicate which of the two identical sessions you will attend.


Light refreshments will be served. Thank you.



Date: June 24, 2015

Time: Session #1: 4:00 - 6:00pm / Session #2: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Location: Shannon Park School gym (75 Iroquois Drive, Dartmouth)

2015 05 22

Canada Lands Company held its first public meeting regarding its Shannon Park property on April 30, 2015. At the meeting Canada Lands officials indicated that a summary of the meeting would be made available, as well as an overview of the survey responses. The survey feedback will help Canada Lands structure future public meetings. Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback.


The report includes; a summary of the meeting, items discussed, and summary of submitted surveys.


Images from the meeting have also been shared at our Flickr page.


Download summary report.



2015 04 30

Canada Lands held the first public information meeting for Shannon Park on April 30, 2015. The public meeting was attended by approximately 120 interested members of the community. The group received an overview of who CLC is, what CLC does and what can be expected in terms of community engagement opportunities in the upcoming master planning efforts at Shannon Park. Rodger Martin, Vice President, Real Estate, Ontario and Atlantic at Canada Lands Company gave a presentation at the meeting which is available for download below.


Presentation (PDF) from April 30, 2015 community consultation event.


Please also fill out our online consultation survey to share your thoughts regarding the ongoing master planning efforts at Shannon Park. A summary of the surveys received will be posted shortly.


2015 04 16

Canada Lands Company is pleased to invite you to an information meeting regarding Shannon Park. Join us to learn about Canada Lands, what it does and how it operates, as well as receive information regarding the upcoming consultation process for the redevelopment of the Shannon Park site. If you plan to attend we would appreciate notice through an RSVP:


Light refreshments will be served. Thank you.


Date: April 30, 2015

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / Presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. / The evening will conclude at 8:30 p.m.

Location: Former Shannon Park Arena, Iroquois Drive, Dartmouth