Nova Scotia has amazing terrain for a wide array of hiking trails; coastal, forested, boardwalk, historic, and many more. You can use these to challenge yourself, get a great afternoon of exercise, and experience the amazingly diverse environments this province has to offer. There is easy access to several great trails even within the HRM.
Below we have highlighted some of our favourite hiking trails that are accessible in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
1) Point Pleasant Park
Point Pleasant Park is located in the South end of Halifax, with two main entrances. The first is at the southern end of Tower Road (upper parking lot), and the second is at the southern end of Point Pleasant Drive. You can turn left at the end of Tower Road and follow Point Pleasant Drive down to the lower parking lot. With 39km of easy-going trails, Point Pleasant Park is a great way to quickly escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and out in nature.
2) Bluff Wilderness Trails
Located just outside of Halifax, the Bluff Wilderness Trail is ideal for more experienced hikers. There are no facilities of any kind on the trail. No ATVs, bikes, horses, or any other mode of transportation other than hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing is permitted by order of the Department of Natural Resources. There is a four-loop system that covers of 30km of wilderness.
3) Duncan’s Cove Trail
Duncan’s Cove is a coastal trail located in Duncan Cove, Nova Scotia. The trail features incomparable coastal views of the North West Arm and Atlantic Ocean. The trail is a mix of marsh land and coastal hiking, culminating in an abandoned World War Two observation station.
4) Pennant Point Trail
From Halifax’s Armdale Rotary, travel to Sambro on highway 349 (Herring Cove Road). From Sambro follow the signs to Crystal Crescent Beach. There are two parking lots to choose from. As long as you head to the beach then turn right (southwest), you will find the coastal trail.
5) Sir Sanford Flemming Park
From the Armdale Rotary in Halifax take the Purcells Cove Road. Turn left at the lights on the hill onto Purcells Cove Road. 1.4 km later, turn left onto Dingle Road and then left again. There is a parking lot at the end of the road. Another entrance can be found directly off of Purcells Cove Road, 2.2km after the lights. Look for a parking area just before the frog pond on the left.
5) Kearney Lake Trail
oThis is a rough and tumble trail to challenge even the best hiker and cross country skier. This trail is well traveled but not currently marked. As well, the path is extremely rocky in places.
One thing to always keep in mind when hiking is your feet health. Get your basics done first; proper, and well-fitted, hiking shoes or boots. When shopping, keep in mind the season and terrain you’ll be hiking in. Good support, proper tread, water-proof or water-resistant shoes are important for the Nova Scotia trail systems.
We sometimes need to increase the support of these shoes, however, by using an insole, custom orthotic, or shoe modification. Seeing a certified pedorthist can help with these matters. Depending on the type of injury or condition, a pedorthist can assess and recommend the right pair of shoes for you, and whether you need additional support. Please contact us if you need help finding the right shoe support for your hiking adventures this summer!