A Hiker's Guide to Nova Scotia

Cape Split | © Darrellrlewis/WikiCommons
Cape Split | © Darrellrlewis/WikiCommons
Photo of Kate Horodyski
5 October 2017

Whether you’re looking for coastline views or inland treks, overnight expeditions or leisurely walks, Nova Scotia has hike options for everyone. Check out our list to some of the best hikes in the province.

The Skyline Trail

Arguably the most popular of the 26 trails running through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Skyline trail offers gorgeous views of the Cabot Trail and the Gulf of St.Lawrence. It’s a leisurely 1.5-3 hours.

Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

Enjoy a hike followed by a swim at the Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park. Located 40 minutes from Halifax, this trail connects three white sand beaches and is 10km each way.

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Cape Split

This 6km hike will take you through the forest all the way to a cliffside trail, and is one of the most popular hikes in the province thanks to its picturesque views.

The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail

A more difficult trail, you’ll find a few options here ranging from a 9km, three-hour hike to a challenging 29km loop. The Bluff Trail is a quick trip from Halifax, making it a great day (or multi-day) trip.

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Chose between an easy walk along the Red Rocks Trail or take on a three-day, 50km hike on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail.

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Kejimkujik National Park & Seaside Adjunct

Pick your own hiking adventure at Kejimkujik National Park. Explore the shoreline trails at the park’s Seaside Adjunct, or opt for one of the many inland hikes ranging from 0.5km to long distance, multi-day hikes.

Blomidon Provincial Park

A hike along this all-season 13km trail offers panoramic views of the Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy. Make it a day trip or stick around for a few nights of camping.

Point Pleasant Park

Less of a hike and more of a nice walk, Point Pleasant Park offers trails and ocean views right in the heart of Halifax. Join locals in jogging, biking, walking your dog, or having a seaside picnic.

Pink at night, sailor’s delight ⚓️

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