Hiking is one of the most popular activities during the winter specially for Nova Scotians. According to Greg Taylor, the creator of Halifax Trails, believes that during the winter it is important to get into nature and to get some sun for both physical and mental health. His number one tip is not to gamble with sunset and be extra cautious of time to avoid getting stuck in the dark.
Before hiking, hikers should know what to pack such as emergency blankets or first aid kits. It is best to have gear that will combat any falls for hikes with changing elevations.
But if you are looking for new trails to trek, here are some locations for you from “The Dalhousie Gazette”:
SHAW WILDERNESS PARK
This 4.4-kilometre out and back hike in the Purcell’s Cove Backlands starts with a wide accessible trail to Williams Lake and continues on a narrow trail to Colpitt Lake with various hills to climb. Sticking close to the red trail indicators will keep hikers on track, as it is easy to get lost and divert from the trail.
MCINTOSH RUN SINGLETRACK
There is 23 kilometres to explore in this trail system. The trails are the width of a single hiker or mountain biker, hence the name Singletrack. These are popular mountain biking trails, so hikers and bikers must keep alert and use caution on the trails.
This trail boasts views of an impressive waterfall a short distance from the trailhead. Hikers start on a rough terrain road for about one kilometre until taking a right turn at the bridge and moving upstream through the woods on an unofficial trail. Be mindful of ice and winter conditions here, especially when exploring around the waterfall.
HOBSONS LAKE TRAILS
This 40 minute up and back trail is part of a larger 5.2-kilometre loop that links Hobsons Lake, Ash Lake and Fox Lake. This sparsely marked hike is well used but exercise caution in the snow as there are spots prone to freezing.
SACKVILLE LAKES PROVINCIAL PARK
All multi-use trails in this Provincial Park are wide, well-maintained and marked with trail maps and signage. There are benches scattered along the trails to enjoy the old-growth scenery.
More of this article at https://dalgazette.com/arts-culture/five-winter-hiking-trails-to-try-this-season/
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF NOVA SCOTIA’S WINTER WONDERLAND
By Darcey Neale, The Dalhousie Gazette