Halifax Regional Police said they received a call at 2:50 p.m. AT on Wednesday, about a break in at a residence on Cedarbank Terrace, in an outlying part of the city. A suspect was fleeing the scene in a red canoe and attempted to use the Northwest Arm, a waterway that runs through the city and connects to its harbour, as his escape route, said police.
A Good Samaritan took two officers out in his boat to help with the pursuit, but by the time they got organized, the suspect had made it to land.
The 20-year-old man was arrested at Sir Sandford Fleming Park at just after 3:30 p.m. The police canine unit was also involved.
A forensic identification team was on the scene to identify items, though police would not say what those items were.
Police would also not say if the canoe was stolen.