The Dartmouth Crossing playground is such a clever idea. It can either be a motivator for kids to be patient during the shopping so they can play here after, or a spot for one parent to take the kids while the other parent does the shopping (I see a LOT of dads and kids here hmmmm). The theme of the playground is "Go Wild" and it's designed like it's in the wild with a climbing tree, a boat styled swing and photo props.
The Bedford Lions Park Playground is tucked off of Shore Drive in Bedford, right next to the Bedford Basin, and is a fantastic spot for a summer picnic and playdate!
This playground is CHOCKFUL of super duper fun stuff and I guarantee your kids will run wildly onto it and do about three laps before they can even figure out where to start. It's not super huge in actual space but the designers were so smart with the pieces and layout that you can get a lot of kids and a lot of fun in this space.
Bunchberry Lane Park in Spider Lake subdivision in Waveley was installed almost two years ago thanks to the community rallying together and lobbying for a safe, fun outdoor place for kids to play. I love these stories and I was eager to check out what the result was. I've got a full review with photos and a list of amenities in this post.
This popular playground sits in the heart of the city and has something for kids of every age! With lots of variety and loads of amenities, like the Emera Oval and a public pool, it's a must-stop for every family heading into the city.
The Halifax waterfront submarine playground is a pretty amazing structure and my kids cite it as one of their favourites to play on. We live in the suburbs so when we take a trip downtown we always make sure to include it in our trip. When I was part of creating the 150 Coolest Playgrounds in Canada list (you can read more about that here), this was a no-brainer to include. Here's our thoughts on it and why, *gasp,* I don't actually like it much myself.
Victoria Park in Truro is a massive (ONE THOUSAND ACRES) park with a fantastic playground, trails everywhere, picnic tables, charming brooks winding through the woods, and a stunning waterfall. In short, it's the perfect destination for a fall road trip.
There are themed playground, accessible playgrounds for people with special needs, and natural playgrounds inspired by and made with elements found in nature. But the main reason you need to incorporate playgrounds into your Canadian road trip is because so many of these playgrounds have taken cues from their home communities and incorporated the local values and history of the area into the design.