Halifax at the Time of Confederation

“Skating was a favorite pastime with young and old, rich and poor. Besides Chocolate Lake, the Dartmouth Lakes, the Arm, and Bedford Basin there were many ponds near the city, most of which have vanished-Steele’s and the Quarry Ponds at Point Pleasant, the Egg Pond on the Common, two at Fort Needham and on the Rockhead property, and Stanford’s Ponds near James Stanford’s Tannery, and Bone Mill at Three Mile House, now Fairview. Prisoners were sent from Rockhead to clear snow from Griffin’s Pond, where it was the ambition of every boy to strap on the skates of some girl and take her for a spin in the moonlight”

Blakeley, Phyllis R. “Halifax at the Time of Confederation” Dalhousie Review, Volume 27, Number 4, 1948 https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/bitstream/handle/10222/62543/dalrev_vol27_iss4_pp391_402.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y