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.

  • #1 Mabou to Inverness

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    Mabou, NS

    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 ...
    •  2 days
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of the most attractive inland sections of abandoned rail line in Nova Scotia. The view of the Mabou Highlands ...

  • #2 BLT Trail

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    Halifax, NS

    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 ...
    •  5 to 6 hours
    •  12 miles
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    New trails are springing up all over the province, the majority being developed by community volunteer associations. Perhaps ...

  • #3 Fairmont Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Antigonish, NS

    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 ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Fairmont Ridge Hiking Trail System, constructed by the Antigonish Hiking and Biking Trails Association, will appeal to ...

  • #4 Green Bay to Broad Cove

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    Italy Cross, NS

    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 An old cart track follows the coastline for its entire length, although it is no longer maintained by the Department ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    If you like ocean, waves, sandy beaches, and seabirds, you will love this walk. An old cart track follows the coastline ...

  • #5 Lewis Mountain

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    Whycocomagh, NS

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Climbing from near Whycocomagh Bay to the heights of the Cape Breton Highlands Plateau, more than 700 m (2300 ft) above, ...

  • #6 Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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    Amherst, NS

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  3.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Although relatively small, Amherst Point has much to offer. Designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1947 at the request ...

  • #7 Centennial Trail

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    Bridgewater, NS

    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. ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  10 miles
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    Shortly before the provincial government acquired the abandoned rail line running between Halifax and Liverpool, the town ...

  • #8 Aspotogan Rail Trail

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    Hubbards, NS

    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 ...
    •  5 to 7 hours
    •  14.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This path follows the abandoned rail line on the South Shore between Hubbards and East River, cutting across the top of the ...

  • #9 Old Branch Road

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    Sydney, NS

    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, ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  10 miles
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    The Old Branch Road Trail, a project of the Cape Breton County Trails Association, became the first section of the Trans ...

  • #10 Delaps Cove

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    Annapolis Royal, NS

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Situated on the other side of North Mountain from the county seat at Annapolis Royal, exposed to the harsher weather of the ...

  • #11 Nictaux Falls

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    Middleton, NS

    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 ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  12.5 miles
    •  Guide

    In 1889, the Nova Scotia Central Railway offered service between Bridgewater and Middleton, which continued until the line ...

  • #12 McNabs Island

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    Halifax, NS

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4.5 miles
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    Few North American cities are blessed with an island wilderness in sight of their business and financial centre. The site ...

  • #13 Cape George

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    Antigonish, NS

    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 ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Cape George was originally named Cape St. Louis, probably by Nicolas Denys, the noted diarist who was the French Governor ...

  • #14 Belleisle Marsh and Mickey Hill

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    Annapolis Royal, NS

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
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    Belleisle Marsh: The Belleisle Marsh Wildlife Management Area was initiated in 1990 as part of the North America Waterfowl ...

  • #15 Moses Mountain

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    Chester, NS

    Scattered throughout Nova Scotia is a considerable network of hydro dams, each generating small amounts of power. Many of these dams are not too far from a paved road, and the access roads for ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Scattered throughout Nova Scotia is a considerable network of hydro dams, each generating small amounts of power. Many of ...

  • #16 Roxbury

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    West Paradise, NS

    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, ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  11.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Near the end of this old road you will discover some of the remains of an abandoned settlement that once contained as many ...

  • #17 Jitney and Samson to Albion Trails

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    Pictou, NS

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  6.5 miles
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    These routes are high quality, urban, level, walking trails, taking advantage of particularly attractive sections of an abandoned ...

  • #18 Tidnish Trail

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    Amherst, NS

    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 ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5 miles
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    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 ...

  • #19 High Head

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    Wentworth, NS

    For me, one of the great places to hike in Nova Scotia in the fall has to be the ski hill at Wentworth. The woods throughout the valley are almost all deciduous, the view from the hill is sp ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    For me, one of the great places to hike in Nova Scotia in the fall has to be the ski hill at Wentworth. The woods throughout ...

  • #20 Gold Mines and Hemlocks and Hardwoods

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    Maitland Bridge, NS

    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 ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Gold Mines: Abandoned mine shafts, long narrow trenches from “snake diggin’,” and the remains of mining equipment can be ...