Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia  by Michael Haynes

Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia Guide Book

by Michael Haynes (Goose Lane Editions)
Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia  by Michael Haynes
From Yarmouth to the Canso Causeway, this new updated edition of Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia, a companion to Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, provides illustrated descriptions of the most enjoyable and challenging hikes that mainland Nova Scotia has to offer. Michael Haynes hiked and mapped every trail in 2011 and describes the featured routes — from quiet afternoon excursions to serious multiday expeditions. Profiling 60 trails, including Cape Split, Brier Island, and portions of the newly created Cape to Cape Trail, the book includes detailed maps and descriptions as well as information on getting to the trailhead, GPS coordinates, time and length, and facilities. Photographs of interesting sites, charts, hiking tips, and sidebars on historical, cultural, and natural subjects round out the experience. Completely revised, this new edition offers at least one trail per county in mainland Nova Scotia and often many more.

© 2012 Michael Haynes/Goose Lane Editions. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

A number of small walking trails have been developed along the Halifax–Truro corridor. Most of these, such as those found in Milford and Brookfield, are less than 2 km (1.25 mi) in total length, well below the threshold of what I consider a “hike.” One of the reasons for these shorter distance trails, other than the fact that they have been developed primarily for community recreation, is that the heavily settled Halifax– Truro corridor contains few large parcels of Crown land.
Enfield, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.25
Designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1947 at the request of neighbouring landowners, the Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary assumed its present size of 433 ha (1,070 ac) in 1980, and together with the 600 ha (1,480 ac) John Lusby Marsh makes up Chignecto National Wildlife Area. A surprising variety of habitats lie within the sanctuary, but 66% of its area is open water, marsh, and bogs, or controlled water-level impoundments, an environment ideal for waterfowl.
Nappan, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.75
The South Shore does not contain two more iconic communities than Lunenburg, home of the Bluenose, and Mahone Bay, with its three churches side by side facing the ocean. This former rail corridor connects these two popular destinations.
Lunenburg, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.4
The Belleisle Marsh Wildlife Management Area Project was initiated in 1990 as part of the North America Waterfowl Management Plan. The province purchased 283 ha (700 ac) of the broad low marsh to be protected as a waterfowl habitat. However, located on the rich alluvial plain of the Annapolis River, Belleisle Marsh includes some of the most productive agricultural land in the Nova Scotia. So, 69 ha (170 ac) were left as wetlands, and 135 ha (333 ac) are being managed as upland habitat, but 79 ha (195 ac) are being used for agricultural production.
Granville Ferry, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
Blomidon Provincial Park is positioned on the top of an impressive 183 m (600 ft) cliff that both overlooks and dominates the skyline of the Minas Basin. The brick red of the sandstone slopes is mirrored in the broad mud flats that are exposed by the retreat of the highest tides in the world, an elevation change of 12 m/yd.
Canning, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
Brier Island is an exceptional place, in a province crammed with special places. It is Nova Scotia’s westernmost point; its symmetrical basalt cliffs resemble the Devil’s Causeway in Ireland; it hosts one species of rose, Geum peckii, found nowhere else in Canada;
Mavillette, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is a 4,200 ha (1,374 ac) natural environment park on a dramatic coastal peninsula jutting into the Bay of Fundy. The park offers wilderness camping in secluded coves and ravines along this remote shoreline, on a trail that wanders over high cliffs and into deep canyons.
Diligent River, NS - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 31.9
Cape George was originally named Cape St. Louis, probably by Nicolas Denys, the noted diarist who was the French governor of this area in the middle of the sixteenth century. Denys resided for many years in Nova Scotia. In the late 1700s, Scottish settlers from the Pictou area moved into the Antigonish Highlands, which they found reminiscent of the old country. During the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalists also settled here. The Cape George region is made up of picturesque farming and fishing communities, crystal cliffs, and beautiful sandy beaches.
Antigonish, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.6
If mainland Nova Scotia contains an iconic hiking destination, it is Cape Split. Although it has never been a maintained trail, and only since 2007 has the land been owned by the public, nevertheless it seems as if every person you speak to wants to trek to the cape.
Canning, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
The coastline of Guysborough County is some of the most unspoiled on mainland Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, there are few managed trails to enable you to experience it on foot, and none of any length.
Marie Joseph, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.75
The coastline bordering the Northumberland Strait between the New Brunswick border and New Glasgow is some of the most soughtafter real estate in Nova Scotia. Ideal as summer cottage country, the gentle sandstone, siltstone, and shale of this district sharply contrast with the rugged granites of the Atlantic coastal region.
Pictou, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.25
In 1993, the Canadian National Railway track between Bridgewater and Halifax was abandoned, with the exception of the section from the Lakeside Industrial Park back to the peninsula. Plans were soon underway to develop the derelict sections as a recreational trail, and these have been successful, but everyone dreamed of the day that this final segment, like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle, would be available.
Mavillette, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.1
Channel Lake can be an excellent choice for a weekend hike. At 24 km (15 mi), it can be completed in one long trek or, because of the many campsites along the route, can be broken into two more relaxed strolls.
Maitland Bridge, NS - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 15
While this trail is worthwhile for the walk itself and the scenery of the meadows, a number of interpretive panels have been erected at different locations in the park where various habitats are found. The panels describe the characteristics of each habitat type, and go on to explain its value to different species of wildlife. This is particularly helpful for people who want to know more about the woods in which they walk.
South Ohio, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
The Chester Connector Trail runs for 35 km (21.9 mi) between the communities of East River and Western Shore and connects to other trails, extending, in 2011, all the way from the Halifax peninsula to the village of Lunenburg. The section profiled begins in the village of Chester and continues to the 112 m/ yd long Gold River Bridge, which is not only the longest bridge between Halifax and Bridgewater but is also the highest.
Chester, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.4
The Cobequid Trail is a system of paths running through the communities of Bible Hill, Truro, and the County of Colchester. In total length it comprises 16 km (10 mi) of trails. However, not all the various sections are linked. Two of the sections, the Marshlands and the Old Barns, pass through the dikelands along the Salmon River just west of Truro.
Truro, NS - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing,Walking - Trail Length: 8.75
The Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail is located in the Waverley– Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area, a rugged pocket of pristine lakes, high granite ridges, and diverse vegetation, including old-growth pine and hemlock, found surprisingly close to the urban centre of the Halifax Regional Municipality. This footpath system was developed and is maintained by volunteers of the Porters Lake and Myra Road Wilderness Area Association.
Porters Lake, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.25
The Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail is a short path through a forested area that was an important hunting area for the Mi’kmaq and predecessor peoples for perhaps 11,000 years. This trail is managed by the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, in recognition of the discovery near this site of some of the oldest First Peoples artifacts in Canada.
Debert, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
Situated on the ocean side of North Mountain, exposed to the harsher weather of the Bay of Fundy and located on infertile basalt rock, Delaps Cove was typical of the poor lands granted to Black Loyalist immigrants.
Clementsport, NS - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.9
The Kenomee Trail Society developed an impressive system of hiking trails in the Cobequid Mountains centred around Economy Falls. Since 2000, these have been among the best wilderness hiking experiences available in Nova Scotia, yet the trails are not heavily used.
Economy, NS - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.1