Salmon River

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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This trail was created not by recreational hikers, but by hunters and fishers following the waters to the interior in search of game. Listed in the first Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia 35 years ago, a path has probably been in existence along the Salmon River since shortly after the first European settlers arrived around modern-day Lake Echo. The colonists most likely followed a path created by the Native peoples even before that. It is rough, narrow, and winding, always following the waterway, and is heavily used during hunting and fishing seasons. This is not a walk for the average family. Unlike the carefully maintained trails in provincial and national parks, Salmon River is simply a beaten path, and I found it easy to wander off the track. But if you want to imagine what it might have been like to wander in the wilderness along an authentic ancient trail, this is the hike you should undertake. It is also a marvelous place to camp, with many excellent spots along the river.

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"This trail was created not by recreational hikers, but by hunters and fishers following the waters to the interior in search of game. Listed in the first Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia 35 years ago, a path has probably been in existence along the Salmon River since shortly after the first European settlers arrived around modern-day Lake Echo. The colonists most likely followed a path created by the Native peoples even before that. It is rough, narrow, and winding, always following the waterway, and is heavily used during hunting and fishing seasons.

This is not a walk for the average family. Unlike the carefully maintained trails in provincial and national parks, Salmon River is simply a beaten path, and I found it easy to wander off the track. But if you want to imagine what it might have been like to wander in the wilderness along an authentic ancient trail, this is the hike you should undertake. It is also a marvelous place to camp, with many excellent spots along the river."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dartmouth
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: Musquodoboit 11 D/14
Driving Directions: Directions to Salmon River

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May 2018