Best Cross-Country Skiing in Nova Scotia

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

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#1. 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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#2. 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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#3. 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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#4. 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 An old cart track follows the coastline for its entire length, although it is no longer maintained by the Department of…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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#5. 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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#6. Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary


Although relatively small, Amherst Point has much to offer. Designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1947 at the request of neighbouring landowners, it assumed its present size of 433 ha (1,070 a) in…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Amherst, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 3.75 miles
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#7. Centennial Trail


Shortly before the provincial government acquired the abandoned rail line running between Halifax and Liverpool, the town of Bridgewater purchased the section inside its municipal boundaries. Passing…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Bridgewater, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 10 miles
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#8. Aspotogan Rail Trail


This path follows the abandoned rail line on the South Shore between Hubbards and East River, cutting across the top of the Aspotogan Peninsula. I think bicyclists will most enjoy it. The improved gra…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Hubbards, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 14.5 miles
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#9. Delaps Cove


Situated on the other side of North Mountain from the county seat at Annapolis Royal, exposed to the harsher weather of the Bay of Fundy, and located on infertile basalt rock, Delaps Cove was typical…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Annapolis Royal, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 6 miles
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#10. Old Branch Road


The Old Branch Road Trail, a project of the Cape Breton County Trails Association, became the first section of the Trans Canada Trail to officially be opened on Cape Breton Island. On July 3, 2001, th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Sydney, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 10 miles
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#11. Cape George


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 and resided in Nova Scotia…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Antigonish, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7.5 miles
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#12. McNabs Island


Few North American cities are blessed with an island wilderness in sight of their business and financial centre. The site of a French fishing station more than a hundred years before the founding of N…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Halifax, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 4.5 miles
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#13. Belleisle Marsh and Mickey Hill


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 m…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Annapolis Royal, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 3.5 miles
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#14. Jitney and Samson to Albion Trails


These routes are high quality, urban, level, walking trails, taking advantage of particularly attractive sections of an abandoned rail line. They demonstrate the possibilities of using these public ri…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Pictou, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 6.5 miles
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#15. Nictaux Falls


In 1889, the Nova Scotia Central Railway offered service between Bridgewater and Middleton, which continued until the line was abandoned by Canadian National in 1984. Since that time, snowmobilers and…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Middleton, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 12.5 miles
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#16. Roxbury


Near the end of this old road you will discover some of the remains of an abandoned settlement that once contained as many as 135 people. It had its own school, two lumber mills, a grist mill, and num…
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West Paradise, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 11.25 miles
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#17. Tidnish Trail


This is a fairly easy walk along a former rail line that has been abandoned for more than 100 years. It starts from an attractive picnic ground on the shores of the Northumberland Strait, and passes t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Amherst, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 5 miles
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#18. Mount Uniacke Museum


Work began on this trail in late 1994, with completion of the first phase, including most of the trails, in June of 1995. Uniacke Estate is a great place to visit on a weekend to stretch your legs, an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Dartmouth, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7.5 miles
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#19. Gold Mines and Hemlocks and Hardwoods


Gold Mines: Abandoned mine shafts, long narrow trenches from “snake diggin’,” and the remains of mining equipment can be found along the self-interpretive trail. This is a pleasant walk accessible to…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Maitland Bridge, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 6 miles
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#20. Five Islands Provincial Park


Five Islands Provincial Park includes a 90-site campground within its 452 ha (1117 acres) boundaries. Clam digging is a popular activity on the 1.6 km (1 mi) mud flats which are revealed twice daily a…
From the guidebook "Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia"
Truro, NS - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7 miles
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