Nova Scotia

Halifax daycare creates candy cane farm out of septic field

This time of year, every property deserves the chance to be adorned with festive decorations. Even septic fields.

Jingle bells, something smells — like a septic tank

A local daycare wrapped ventilation pipes with red ribbon to create a 'candy cane farm' out of a septic field. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

This time of year, every property deserves the chance to be adorned with festive decorations. Even septic fields.

The waste-water treatment facility of a new neighbourhood in Halifax was the target of spontaneous holiday joy this week.

A Hammonds Plains daycare wrapped red ribbon around the site's curved white pipes and put up signs reading: "Santa's Candy Cane Patch."

"It's actually a septic field," said daycare worker Penny Banfield. "But we just always came by and said it was 'Santa's Candy Cane Patch.'" 

Banfield said after a couple phone calls to property owners, she managed to get the key to the padlocked fence gate.

Thursday morning, daycare workers brought more than 70 children to see the site.

"Just to expand the children's imagination, it's the best," said Banfield. "They're so inquisitive and curious."

Banfield said even though the daycare team has added some holiday magic to the site, it won't mean kids will be eager to play in septic fields.

"This is all fenced in," Banfield said. "No other septic field that I've seen has these kinds of pipes."

The field is expected to remain decorated until Christmas.


Brett Ruskin


Brett Ruskin is a reporter and videojournalist covering everything from local breaking news to national issues. He's based in Halifax.


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