HRM is a home of amazing hiking trails! Lakeside walks, coastal cliffs, peaceful woodland, and isolated coves are just a few of the many landscapes, scenery, and topography. To top it all off, there are plenty of stunning views.
So, don some clothes, gather some munchies, and venture out onto Halifax’s picturesque footpaths. The Halifax area provides a trek for you, no matter what style of hike you’re looking for.
The Musquodoboit Trailway
For you and your family, the Musquodoboit Trailway offers approximately 41 kilometers of world-class, non-motorized hiking experiences. You can travel the 15 km Rail Trail, which is simple to navigate on foot or by bicycle, through the varied, undeveloped scenery that borders the Musquodoboit River and is home to a wide variety of colorful birds, small creatures, and rare plants.
Its main loop is the Admiral Lake Loop which starts 2.2 km into the main trail and loops around for 5.2 km before returning to the main trail again.
You can also explore the Rail Trail, an anchor for 26 km of backcountry trails that wind along the granite ridges of the White Lake and Ship Harbour-Long Lake wilderness areas, of varying levels of difficulty and solitude.
Bluff Wilderness Trail
If you are looking for hidden gems, the Bluff Wilderness Trail is perfect for you! It is one of the province’s most diverse inland trails with four loops totaling to 30 km. It is located within the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area which is located in Mi’kma’ki. This area was designated under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act in October 2011.
A variety of species, including red maple, spruce, and oak, can be found in the woodlands and environmentally sensitive arid plains that the trails traverse. The routes generally travel through forested areas with numerous high peaks, providing breathtaking views of the nearby lakes.
Long Lake Provincial Park
If you are looking for an escape from the busy vibe of downtown Halifax, the Long Lake Provincial Park will definitely help you ease your mind and relax. It has an easy access, has a perfect lake for swimming, and has great hiking trails. The main access points with parking areas are off of St. Margaret’s Bay Road, and a newer access point is located off of Northwest Arm Drive.
This park is being maintained and taken care of by the Long Lake Provincial Park Association. They are a group of volunteers who care for the section of Long Lake Provincial Park that is bounded by Old Sambro Road, along Dunbrack Street to the trails near Osborne Street.
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