Shelburne Rail Trail

Shelburne, Nova Scotia

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Filled with United Empire Loyalists fleeing the newly created United States, Shelburne briefly became one of the largest settlements in North America. However, the lack of nearby agricultural lands meant that within a decade most of these people had moved elsewhere. Among these were the Black Loyalists, and many settled in nearby Birchtown. The Halifax and Southwestern Railway, known – not always affectionately – as the “Hellish Slow & Wobbly,” operated between Yarmouth and Halifax from 1907 to 1984. After the tracks were taken up, residents used the line as an unofficial walking trail, and, in 1998, the town decided to develop a 2.4 km (1.5 mi) section as a linear park. A volunteer group, the Shelburne County Trails Association, was formed to extend the trail as far as Birchtown.

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"Filled with United Empire Loyalists fleeing the newly created United States, Shelburne briefly became one of the largest settlements in North America. However, the lack of nearby agricultural lands meant that within a decade most of these people had moved elsewhere. Among these were the Black Loyalists, and many settled in nearby Birchtown.

The Halifax and Southwestern Railway, known – not always affectionately – as the “Hellish Slow & Wobbly,” operated between Yarmouth and Halifax from 1907 to 1984. After the tracks were taken up, residents used the line as an unofficial walking trail, and, in 1998, the town decided to develop a 2.4 km (1.5 mi) section as a linear park. A volunteer group, the Shelburne County Trails Association, was formed to extend the trail as far as Birchtown."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Shelburne
Distance: 13.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 7 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: Shelburne 20 P/14
Driving Directions: Directions to Shelburne Rail Trail

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