Heritage Walk - Oaklands Estate

This web page is a supplement to the interpretive panel on Beaufort Avenue opposite the west end of Regina Terrace. Please note that the panel had to be located 10 to 15 metres north of the correct location opposite 1025 Beaufort Avenue, due to the proximity of the mature linden trees - which may have been part of the Oaklands driveway approach.

This page lists the sources for the panel content and provides source materials where available. It also provides additional background resources and covers additional themes where applicable. If you have any corrections or additions, please email: greenway_hfx@yahoo.com.


These are the key sources that tell the story of the Oaklands Estate:

  • Heather Watts and Michele Raymond's book: "Halifax's Northwest Arm - An Illustrated History" (Amazon.ca - Chapters/Indigo website is the definitive modern, attractively-illustrated treatment of the Northwest Arm and the estates which once lined it.

  • John Regan's "Sketches and Traditions of the Northwest Arm" (full text freely available from the UofT archives - download extract here) describes the Armside estates in 1908, just before the drastic changes brought about by the addition of the rail cut.

  • The Garry Shutlak article below.

  • Peter McGuigan has included the story of the Oaklands and Belmont estates in "The New South End" chapter of his book "Historic South End Halifax", available on the Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo websites.

Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles

  • August 8, 1979 Chronicle-Herald

  • March 26, 1984 Daily News

  • Garry Shutlak article - extracted from June 2004 Griffin, Vol. 29, No. 2

  • Not a newspaper or magazine - Murray B. Hodgins tells us about how the Official City Plan (an inventory of streets officially maintained by the City) deleted the planned Armview Drive in his Dalhousie Masters’ thesis: “A City Transformed ?: Urban Development and the Role of Canadian Railway Policy in Halifax, Nova Scotia 1900-1920” (KILLAM DAL-MSS HIST. H689 1992 – see “Chapter Two: The Gradual Awakening of Civic Consciousness"

Photos from Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management

Photos from McCord Museum, Montreal

Thanks to all who contributed to the Halifax Urban Greenway Heritage Walk project:

  • Leonard Preyra for his initial suggestion and ongoing encouragement thereafter
  • The Northwest Arm Heritage Association for its letter of support for HUGA’s funding application to government
  • Garry Shutlak at Nova Scotia Archives for his assistance in locating resource materials and for his review of panels content
  • Rob, Peter and Leonard of Terra Marine Environmental Ltd. for the retrieval and placement of the stones forming the bases for the panel installations
  • Claudia Mannion for the Halifax Urban Greenway Heritage Walk logo.
  • Adam and Jenna at Eyecandy Signs for the design and production of the interpretive panels
  • Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its funding of 75 percent of project costs
  • The Halifax Regional Trails Association for the awarding of the remaining 25 percent of project costs from its HRM capital allocation

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