Best Hiking in Nova Scotia

This list represents the most popular hiking in Nova Scotia. Use this list to plan your next Nova Scotia hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Taylor Head Provincial Park


Situated on the rugged eastern shore, Taylor Head is a narrow granite finger jutting more than 6.5 km (4 mi) into the Atlantic Ocean. With more than 16 km (10 mi) of coastline, of which at least 1 km…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Tangier, NS - Hiking - 1.25 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Shubie Park – Canal


Situated on the banks of the Shubenacadie Canal route, connecting Lake Charles and Lake Micmac, Shubie Park is a popular recreational retreat for many local residents throughout the year. Its many foo…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Dartmouth, NS - Hiking - 2 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Long Lake Provincial Park


Well known to local residents and dog walkers, Long Lake Provincial Park, bounded on three sides by major paved roads, can be reached by car from downtown Halifax in minutes. The park is sandwiched be…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Halifax, NS - Hiking - 2 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Mabou to Inverness


This is one of the most attractive inland sections of abandoned rail line in Nova Scotia. The view of the Mabou Highlands from the Mabou River is stunning, and the stretch alongside the river to Glend…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Mabou, NS - Backpacking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 33 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Gibraltar Rock Loop


Do not be deceived by the short distance of this walk; it is a killer! (Maybe not literally, but those with known heart issues might want to consider something less challenging.) Simply put, this trai…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS - Hiking - 1.6 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Hemlock Ravine Park


Hemlock Ravine is considered by many to be one of the finest parks in the city. Located near the former northern boundary of Halifax, these 81 ha (200 ac) of wooded preserve are tucked amid one of the…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Halifax, NS - Hiking - 2.5 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Gaspereau River


Although it’s been more than 100 years since it has been used as a road, the Gaspereau River Trail follows an old cart track up a narrow river gorge in the Gaspereau Valley, in Kings County. The Gaspe…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
White Rock, NS - Hiking - 5.5 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. BLT Trail


New trails are springing up all over the province, the majority being developed by community volunteer associations. Perhaps nowhere did that occur more rapidly than on the section of abandoned rail l…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Halifax, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 12 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Blomidon Provincial Park


Blomidon Provincial Park is positioned on the top of a massive183 m (600 ft) cliff overlooking the Minas Basin and dominating the entire skyline. The brick red of the sandstone hillside is mirrored i…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Canning, NS - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Cape Chignecto Provincial Park


Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is a 4200 ha (10,378 acres) natural environment park located on a dramatic coastal peninsula next to the Bay of Fundy. The park offers wilderness camping in secluded cov…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Advocate Harbour, NS - Backpacking, Hiking - 32.5 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Fairmont Ridge


The Fairmont Ridge Hiking Trail System, constructed by the Antigonish Hiking and Biking Trails Association, will appeal to both experienced hikers and a family of novices. Within its compact boundarie…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Antigonish, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Taylor Head Provincial Park


This is a wonderful spot to hike for several reasons. With more than 18 km (11.25 mi) of walking possible, avid trekkers should be able to enjoy a challenging excursion. Because of the layout of the t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Sheet Harbour, NS - Hiking - 11.25 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Charles L. MacDonald Sportspark


The Charles L. MacDonald Sports Park is a wonderful network of wide, well-maintained trails near Waverley, situated in a narrow strip of wooded land bounded by Highway 102 and Lake Thomas. This park…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Fall River, NS - Hiking - 3.75 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Green Bay to Broad Cove


If you like ocean, waves, sandy beaches, and seabirds, you will love this walk. An old cart track follows the coastline for its entire length, although it is no longer maintained by the Department of…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Italy Cross, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 7.5 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Cole Harbour Heritage Park


Once the site of the Poor’s Farm for the “harmless insane,” this 160 ha (400 ac) property, dotted with gentle hills and bordering on the Cole Harbour Salt Marsh, is now a provincial park, and boasts a…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Cole Harbour, NS - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in ns - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Lewis Mountain


Climbing from near Whycocomagh Bay to the heights of the Cape Breton Highlands Plateau, more than 700 m (2300 ft) above, the Lewis Mountain Road is a hiker’s delight. The first half of the trail must…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Whycocomagh, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.5 miles
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#17. Point Pleasant Park


The best-known outdoor recreation site in Halifax, Point Pleasant Park is always full of runners, people walking their dogs, and casual strollers enjoying the matchless scenery of the entrance to Hali…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS - Hiking - 2.5 miles
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#18. Dartmouth Multi-use Trail


Although connected, I have broken this trail into two routes so that each may remain less than 10 km (6.25 mi) in length. This attractive pathway, following the shores of lakes Banook and Micmac, is v…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS - Hiking - 3.75 miles
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#19. Salmon River


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 p…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Dartmouth, NS - Hiking - 7.5 miles
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#20. Salt Marsh Trail


The Salt Marsh Trail is one of the most popular and beautiful coastal walks available in Nova Scotia. Considering the abundant natural beauty of Nova Scotia, that might seem like an unsupportable clai…
From the guidebook "Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality"
Cole Harbour, NS - Hiking - 5 miles
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