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Halifax Nova Scotia Sports & Recreation: Hiking information, listings and links



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Background

Hiker on a fall mountain trail

Hiking is a popular recreational pastimes, as a get-away from the hustle and bustle of urban living, while enjoying the beauty and wildlife of nature. Hiking season runs mid-May until October, thorough the snow-free season. Of course, with unpredictable weather, trails may be closed anytime during the season. The provincial or national park wardens will inform you of any closures or cautions.

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Equipment

Day hike, where you expect to return home before evening, doesn't require as much equipment as an overnight hike. You should wear a good pair of hiking boots (sturdy running shoes will do), and clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the outdoors, it is safer to overdress, in layers, than to be under-dressed. For a day hike bring water, food, sunscreen, a map, a compass, a rain coat, knife, matches, and of a hiking buddy.

For an overnight hike, you'll also need a tent, food bags, a change of underwear and socks, and standard camping supplies. Check with your hiking partner to prevent packing duplicate gear, to minimize gear weight.

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Where

Hiking can be done almost anywhere, but the best scenery and terrain is in the provincial and national parks. These parks provide marked and mapped trails to avoid getting lost.

There are a number of mixed use trails in the Halifax-Dartmouth area, which are shared by wlakers, hikers, cross coutnry skiers, horses, snowmobiles and ATVs).

Atlantic View Trail
Bissett Road Trail
BLT Rails to Trails
Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park
Cleveland Beach Provincial Park
Crossland Ice Trail
Dartmouth Multi-Use Trail
Dollar Lake Provincial Park
Flemming Pathway
Frog Pond Trail
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax Commons
Halifax Harbour Boardwalk
Hammonds Plains Trail
Hemlock Ravine Trail
Kearney Lake Trail
Laurie Provincial Park
Lewis Lake Provincial Park
Look Off Trail (Lake Echo)
Loop Road Walk

Mainland North Linear Parkway
Maynard Lake Trail
McCurdy Woodlot Interpretive Trails
Minister Hill Trail
Musquodoboit Trailway
Northwest Arm Path
Oakfield Provincial Park Trail
Oat Hill Lake Trail
Old Annapolis Road Hiking Trail - Island Lake
Pennant Point Trail
Point Pleasant Park
Polly Cove Trail
Public Gardens
Rockingstone Park Trail
Salmon River Trail (Lake Echo)
Salt Marsh Trail
Seaview Park Trail
Seawall Walkway Trail
Shubie Park
Spider Lake Trail
Taylor Head Provincial Park

Trails Nova Scotia provides a map of other trails in the province.

The Trans-Canada Trail winds its way around Nova Scotia, including a loop around the sourthern part of the province (see map). In the Halifax area, it comprises four key sections:

  • Dartmouth Multi-Use Trail
  • Musquodoboit Trailway
  • Salt Marsh Trail
  • West Lawrencetown Trail
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