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It’s amazing trail. I would recommend it as it is really moderate compared to most of the moderate trails in Nova Scotia. Most of the time you walk into forest but several amazing views make the trail really beautiful.
Bring bug spray.

Did the hike with our 9 month old in a back pack carrier and it was lovely!

The trail head (River Drive @ the old Camp Victoria) may be private property, but it still appears essentially accessible and not blocked. One resident along that road said I was welcome to continue down to the end, for purposes of hiking/exploration. The drive down the road is very poor, and almost unsafe with a regular car.

The map indicates an older dotted line root from the parking lot by Camp Victoria, over where an old metal bridge used to be (1990s and before), and up Otter Lake and Salmon River on the west side. This path is falling into disrepair, and is difficult to follow. You can access that path by crossing on the rocks (may have to wade up to your knees) on the west side of the parking lot where the bridge used to be at Otter Lake.

The main path on the east side of Otter Lake and Salmon River is generally good, very rugged and thoroughly adventurous. As the path reaches a swampy stream region on the north-west side of Crowbar lake, it takes a detour up into the hills, and connects with the trail system leading to Myra Road (Porters Lake). The piece of trail (shown here in red) that continues on to Woody Lake and Porcupine Lake is of unknown status to me, and may be mostly overgrown. A volunteer crew should aim to re-establish this trail, as both Porcupine and Salmon River Long Lakes are almost inaccessible except via water craft.

Side Note: There used to be a mill up at Wisdom Mill Lake, and it was probably named after either John Wisdom (an original builder of Dartmouth and someone who operated mills) or some related Wisdom family descendent. There was a long road which led from Preston northward, passing Loon Lake on the west, to Wisdom Mill Lake. It was called "Wisdom Old Wood Road", and is only visible on older maps pre 1940s or so. It would be an extension of the dotted-line path indicated on this map, reaching northward from a residential Preston road.

Nice quick spin. Took about 4h with a full pack (testing some new gear for Chignecto). Definitely a MTB trail - first few kms are fairly flat or gradual, but between the rocky road surface and roots one should opt for ankle support. After a day of rain there is a fair amount of standing water in spots (esp on secondary trails). but there are developed trails to bypass the worst spots. Great lakeside spot to hang a hammock at the very end.

mountain biking
27 days ago

Very nice trail. Bring bug spray tho.

Would recommend. :)

In the past I’ve completed this trail but the other day two of us tried to do it and a fallen tree caused us to go around and we weren’t able to find the trail again and we’re forced to turn around. Would love it if someone could either add more trail markers or make the path more obvious so people don’t get lost. Also, there’s private property which is easy to accidentally venture into. Trail was hard to find

Beautiful hikes with lots of great surprises along the way!

Was a hike that gave a great variety hiking levels! Looking forward to going again.

Very technical, but no markings!

walking
2 months ago

This is a nice trail that I can do quickly during my lunch break

Make sure you go to the look off part very nice view

Love Shubie trail

You wrote a review for Long Lake Provincial Park 9 minutes ago
4.0 star rating 4/24/2018
Hi everyone,

Before I get to the review, I just wanted to direct you to my YouTube video of my experience here at Long Lake Provincial Park. Simply go to youtu.be/PxGNBHnov-I

It was a fun day, and it would be great to share my experience with you!

Long Lake Provincial Park is a short 10-15 minute drive from the city. Located near a subdivision, this is a popular spot to visit. Since this place is close to the city, they did make sure to ensure ample parking.

There are several trails from the parking lot (one goes right, and one goes left). We ended up going left during our trip. The paths are well maintained and follow the lake. I found as though the trail intersections could have been better labelled, as we had a bit of an issue finding the correct one back to the car.

You can access the lake in several different spots where you can swim if you'd like. The only ones in the lake when I was there were a couple of doggie friends!

There is no admission, and as far as I'm aware, no services - including no washrooms.

Trails are easy

Hope this was helpful, and I hope you check out the video to get a better sense of this park!

This Trail is part of the Long Lake Provincial Park, it is an upgraded trail for all users. As it is a provincial park dogs must be on leash and owners must cleanup after their dogs.

Good and on the harder side and can make it shorter by just going to skull rock which is just off the trail!

Snow packed today which made it a bit more difficult. Will definitely try again in better walking conditions

4 months ago

Very quiet trail, usually only see about 2 or 3 people each time I go there. My dog loves it and there's a few areas that are just a huge field so I usually bring the brisbee!

Can get pretty windy near the water some days (if you choose to add on Poor's farm road to your hike) but it's beautiful!

Nice trail system and that has crushed gravel, good for running with several small hills. Close to the road so you hear a lot of traffic, also a lot of dog droppings..

on Shubie Park Trail

walking
7 months ago

I walk this trail every weekday morning with a group of men and it is perfect for our group. The trails are kept in excellent shape and better yet the park keepers are a very friendly lot. We walk for an hour or so, then it is off to Tim's for social time. This fall there was a concerted effort to make the trails free of obstacles. So it should be quite ideal for skiing if we get snow that stays.

We went at a steady pace and completed the loop in 3 hours. It would be easy to spend a lot longer at all the look offs. Great views.

hiking
8 months ago

Super, lots of views and a good workout with ups and downs. Come prepared with boots, food and water. Did it on 7 October.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Mountain bike the double track, Easy to moderate but it get a technical and fun with the side single track you can jump off and on.

Trail description should include Spider Lake reference.

Was a bit confusing to navigate at first because you need to connect to another trail before reaching Fox Head Trail. There were some orange spray paintings and some signs here and there to guide you though! We kept going where it said Fox Lake, and didn't check out the Look off part, which I now regret! A few other trails all interconnect so you can choose a shorter or longer trail. The route we took to and from Colins Rd was about an hour and 15 mins. Again, we may not have gotten the whole experience. Nice area though close to the city :)

hiking
10 months ago

The sign isn't joking when it says to budget 45min/km. Worth every minute, absolutely stunning views.

Great walk with the dogs :)

Great spot! Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. Took about 3 hours to complete and says it's only 5.5 km

Beautiful trail, but no marking!

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