Recreational Trails

The Halifax region has a number of great recreational trails.

Atlantic View Trail

Atlantic View Trail Association

The old rail bridges lead across a large salt marsh and tidal estuary, where you can view the sand dunes between Lawrencetown Beach and the tidal pond.

Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Rails to Trails (the “BLT Trail”)

This mixed-use trail follows several streams and winds through a “Granite Uplands” ecosystem, with a mixed second-generation forest, along lake shores and past inland bogs providing access to the narrow lake. Vegetation is tolerant of poor drainage, and includes black spruce and larch, while drier areas are home to spruce, hemlock, and pine ecosystem. There is an amethyst vein in the granite at Six Miles Falls. The trail is popular with pedestrians, cyclists, skiers, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

Bissett Road Trail

Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association

This unmaintained trail (use at own risk!) connects to coastal lands behind the Eastern Shore Beaches, which includes a waterfall, streams, and patches of wild roses. Railway builders cut through solid rock, exposing quartzite along the trail, with lichens growing on the bare rock, preparing the environment for other plants.

Blueberry Run Trail

This mixed-use trail through the Eastern Shore glacial drumlins passes through coastal spruce forest and cattail marshes, with some ocean views. At Seaforth, the trail runs 15 metres from the pounding surf. Some sections of trail are still being built or improved.
Dollar Lake Provincial Park

Middle Musquodoboit DNR

The park has a glacial drumlin field in the north, while the southern section has black and red spruce forests and folded bedrock of the Quartzite Barrens. The sandy beach at the head of the lake (the deepest in the Halifax regional municipality) nestles between quartzite outcrops.

Fort Sackville Walkway

Sackville River Association

The trail runs along a fast-moving river, with rapids and salmon pools, in the Quartzite Barrens with a view of Bedford Basin at the mouth of the river. The river has beaver and muskrat, salmon and trout.

Lake Charles Trail

Canoe To The Sea Society
(902) 449-0581

Lake Charles is part of a chain of lakes in the Quartzite Barrens and the trail passes along the edge of the lake, through a century old second-generation white pine forest. The northern part of the narrow and hilly 1.5 km trail is the original cart path used by early settlers to travel to Waverley. The 1850s Shubenacadie Canal was designed and built to bypass this awkward transportation route.

Laurie Provincial Park

The short trail leads through tall pines to a point of land with a view of the lake with deciduous trees edge.

Little Sackville River Greenway

Sackville Rivers Association
902 -835-8252

The trail passes through glacial drumlins with lots of wildflowers, mixed woods of spruce and fir, with a short side trail to a mature stand of pine and hemlock.

McCurdy Woodlot Trails


Several trails through woodlot, and open fields. The Acadian forest mixes southern and boreal species. The 1 km Titus Smith Trial is an easy walk & is wheelchair accessible, providing 17 stations highlighting forest management operations, tree species and other vegetation. The 0.5 km Wildlife Trail has 11 stops highlighting different animal species and their habitats. The 1.5 km Tree Identification Trail has 11 stops showing 30 native trees. Other trails here include the Saunders Trail, Hardwood Trail, Fern and Moss Trail, McCurdy Trail and Alex’s Path. Beside the flag pole at the entrance to the Complex is a viewpoint overlooing the Carboniferous Lowlands to the north.

Moser River Interpretive Trail

902- 347-2602

The trails through spruce, fir, and maple provide access to an Atlantic tidal estuary and marsh and the end of the trail overlooks Necum Teuch Harbour. Shorebirds here include plovers, killdeer, yellowlegs, and sandpipers, while Ruffed Grouse, partridge and many species of songbirds are found in the forest. Seals are visible close to shore in the winter and in the Moosehead Beach area year-round. You might even see deer along the trail.

Musquodoboit Trail System

Musquodoboit Trailways Association
(902) 889-3447

The Musquodoboit Trail covers 41 kilometres of signed and groomed trail including the “Trailway” is a 15 km section of an abandoned rail corridor that is now a part of the TransCanada Trail. It is popular for walking, biking and winter cross-country skiing. The Gibraltar Rock and Bayer Lake loop trails add two short and easily accessible back-country trails conveniently located near the north and south ends of the Trailway. The first offers spectacular views of the Musquodoboit River Valley and the granite uplands beyond while the second provides excellent views of Bayer Lake and some River Valley vistas. The Admiral Lake Loop trail, a moderate length trail, provides outstanding views of interior lakes and south to the Atlantic ocean. Lastly there are the challenging Wilderness Trails that wind along the edge of the unusually rugged granite ridge and knob topography that characterizes the White Lake Wilderness Area. As they meander up hills, and into mossy forests the trails offer dramatic scenery ranging from old forest to spectacular high-rock look offs over the Musquodoboit River Valley.

Oakfield Provincial Park

Waverley DNR office

The park is on a once-farmed drumlin with large open fields with some woods which have 200-year-old beech and hemlock, some red oak, and new growths of birch, red maple and beech. Three trails form a 5 km loop. An old cart road runs under a canopy of 200-year-old beech and hemlock. The iron bridge over the rail track provides a good view down the length of Shubenacadie Grand Lake.

Old Annapolis Road Hiking Trail


Open year-round, but may be closed due to fire conditions or for forestry operations. The trail passes through inland forest with red spruce, fir, and maple, winding around spring-fed Island Lake, which has a sandy beach at the point where the brook leaves the lake. The trail has woodpeckers, beavers and a variety of plant life.

Pennant Point Trail

This headland on the Chebucto Peninsula is shrouded in fog in late spring and summer. There was a forest fire here in the early 1980s, and the trail winds through the regrowing forest. At the end of the Point, you can see seals basking on the bare rocks offshore, and the shallow shoals leading out to Sambro Island.

Polly Cove Trail

This trail winds through the coastal barrens & rocky coast of the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area. You pass through heath shrubs, bogs, and spruce forest. Shrubs include crowberry, junipers, alder, bayberry, kalmia, huckleberry and withrod. Seals are commonly seen feeding in Polly Cove around the small islands.
Be cautious as the trail tends to be wet & slippery.

Salmon River Trail

This unmaintained trail (with special caution during the busy hunting season!) passes through a river gorge connecting the linear lakes systems and high barren outcrops of the Granite Ridge. There’s a side trail with a viewpoint overlooking the river valley. Along the tail, see a forest of spruce, hemlock, some old growth hemlock, and pine, as well as ruffed grouse, porcupine, deer and red-tailed hawks.

Salt Marsh Trail

Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association

The trail, typically cool & windy, crosses a wide tidal marsh and wildlife area which are sy. Halfway across the causeway, look back to see the shape of the harbour surrounded by glacial drumlins. The marsh changes drastically between tides, and has been home to 137 different bird species, including Great Blue Heron, one of the largest wading birds in North America, before they head south to winter in Central America.

Kejimkujik National Park - moss on rocks at Mills Falls

Kejimkujik National Park – moss on rocks at Mills Falls

Cross Country Ski Trails

The Halifax region & Nova Scotia has a number of great cross country trails/.

Beaver Mountain Provincial Park

Located in James River 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south. Exit 30, Highway 104.
(near Antigonish, Nova Scotia)

Impressive view of Antigonish County and Cape Breton Island. A 6 km (3.5 mi) trail system provides a mix of paved walkways as well as fairly challenging unpaved hills great in winter for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. No facilities in winter; parking at the gate only.

Big Dam Road, Kejimkujik National Park

Southwest of Halifax via #103 and Highway 8 from Liverpool)

6.4 kms return, with some bigger hills and turns, with a Touring Track. The Warden Service packs the intermediate trail, twice a week with a snowmobile.

Canning Field Road, at Keji Park

Southwest of Halifax via #103 and Highway 8 from Liverpool)
Across the road from Jakes Landing (Canoe Concessions)

Trails are groomed based on public demand

Martock Cross Country Ski Park

Windsor, N.S.

Trails are groomed and tracked, with 100% snowmaking and daily grooming for the 14 trails.

North Highland Nordic Ski Area

Cabot Trail, Cape North

One main trail with three satellite loops leading off main trail, totalling 14-16 kilometers when completely groomed. On hill accommodations in Chalet style cabins.

Nova Nordic Ski Club


This new cross-country ski and biathlon club based in Shubie Park in Dartmouth, and will groom The Lake Charles Trail and perhaps elsewhere for both classic and skate skiing. The Fairbanks Centre (next to the historic lock) will be available as a warm-up and lunch shelter for some club activities. Membership is $40 per person or $60 fora family.

Peskowesk Trail to Lower Mersey River, Kejimkujik National Park

Southwest of Halifax via #103 and Highway 8 from Liverpool)

16 kms return, with a seasonal warm-up shelter 8 kms in, at Lower Mersey River. The Warden Service packs the intermediate trail, twice a week with a snowmobile.
There is a distance marker every kilometre for the first 8 kms; then a marker for every 2km from the 10th to the 16th km, with additional markers at 20 km, 25km, and 27km.

Ski Ben Eoin

On Rte 4, 20 kms West on Sydney
(902) 828-2804

Cross-country Ski facilities include 12 kms of Easy to Moderate trails. Trails are 5 metres wide, groomed, trackset and renovated by a Bombardier BR400 groomer for Classic and Skating techniques except for the new Brook Bend trail.

Ski Tuonela

Goose Cove St Anns Bay, 11km past the Gaelic College on the Cabot Trail

17 km of trails with an upper and lower loop systems, as well as an ungroomed but lift-serviced Telemark hill.

Cabot Trail-Cape Breton National Park Lorne Shieling Trail Scottish style herder's hut

Cabot Trail-Cape Breton National Park Lorne Shieling Trail Scottish style herder’s hut

Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Located about 400 km northeast of Halifax, in Cape Breton, via #102, #104,  and #105
(902) 285-2273
(902)285 -2549 (information line).

This National Park has 7 groomed trails in four different areas: Black Brook, Warren Lake, Broad Cove and Clyburn River Valley. Permit is required to ski on any groomed trail in the Park. Youths and Students ski free. Adult fees are $5.00 per day or $35.00 for the season. Weather can vary considerably at higher elevations. Trails are groomed five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday.

The first priority for grooming is the trails in the Black Brook Area. After those are done then Broad Cove and Clyburn Trail are groomed. National Park Trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing, except the Clyburn which is only groomed for classic skiing.

Black Brook

This .75 km beginner level trail is Groomed, Tracked and Renovate. Scenic views of the Black Brook River canyon, with a warming hut and waxing hut, both with electricity and wood stoves, and pit privies at the main trail head at Black Brook.
Cove Look Out Trail

This 1.5 km intermediate level trail is Groomed, Tracked and Renovated. The same trailhead at Black Brook
Otter Run

This 3.0 km intermediate trail is Groomed, Tracked and Renovated, and has same trail head at Black Brook

Sunrise Trail

This intermediate level 5.5 km trail is Groomed, Tracked and Renovated and has scenic views, and runs from Black Brook to Mary Ann Falls. It is part of a longer Trail connecting Black Brook to the Warren Lake Warden Station, passing by Mary Ann Falls and climbs to 500 feet above sea level and descends back, with several scenic views of the Atlantic coastline and interior wilderness plateau.

Mary Ann Falls

6.5 km intermediate trail that is Groomed, Tracked and Renovated and is part of a longer trail from Mary Ann Falls to the Warren Lake Warden Station. There is a warm up hut and pit privy near the falls.

Warren Lake Trail

This 3.0 km beginner level trail passes through a mixed forest of birch, maple, poplar and spruce to Warren Lake, the largest lake in the Park.

Broad Cove Campground

This is a 3 km beginner level trail

Gold Mine

This 8 km begginner level trail is only Groomed, Tracked to the inside gate and follows the Clyburn River through a hardwood valley of beech, maple and birch, with some white spruce, with views of the Golf Course – Highland Links.
as well as Franey Mountain.