Belleisle Marsh and Mickey Hill

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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Belleisle Marsh: The Belleisle Marsh Wildlife Management Area was initiated in 1990 as part of the North America Waterfowl Management Plan. The Province purchased 283 ha (700 acres) of the broad low marsh to be protected as waterfowl habitat. Mickey Hill: The land that makes up the Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness belongs to Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. There is a map of the trail posted at the parking lot and the gravel trail includes a picnic area and freshwater beach. There are interpretative sites and a boardwalk through a marsh as well as a suspension bridge and a treetop lookout. More than 160 ha (400 acres) of the land bordering Lambs Lake was designated a conservation area by Bowater Mersey in 1994. The Bowater Forest Recreation Program consists of four forest recreation areas open to visitors year-round: Old Annapolis Hiking Trail, Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness, Port L’Hebert Pocket Wilderness, and Pine Grove. These sites include hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and a waterfowl sanctuary. Bowater annually commits substantial funds for maintenance of the sites, and, in 1997, won a Nova Scotia Environment Award for its efforts.

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"Belleisle Marsh: The Belleisle Marsh Wildlife Management Area was initiated in 1990 as part of the North America Waterfowl Management Plan. The Province purchased 283 ha (700 acres) of the broad low marsh to be protected as waterfowl habitat. Mickey Hill: The land that makes up the Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness belongs to Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. There is a map of the trail posted at the parking lot and the gravel trail includes a picnic area and freshwater beach. There are interpretative sites and a boardwalk through a marsh as well as a suspension bridge and a treetop lookout. More than 160 ha (400 acres) of the land bordering Lambs Lake was designated a conservation area by Bowater Mersey in 1994.

The Bowater Forest Recreation Program consists of four forest recreation areas open to visitors year-round: Old Annapolis Hiking Trail, Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness, Port L’Hebert Pocket Wilderness, and Pine Grove. These sites include hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and a waterfowl sanctuary. Bowater annually commits substantial funds for maintenance of the sites, and, in 1997, won a Nova Scotia Environment Award for its efforts."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Annapolis Royal
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: Bridgetown 21 A/14, Millford 21 A/11
Driving Directions: Directions to Belleisle Marsh and Mickey Hill

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