Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Nova Scotia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 hours ago

a great hike for the whole family! very well marked and you can tell alot of love and care went into the making of the trail. should mention it is not stroller friendly.

Great trail with beautiful Oceanside views. The first km or so was crazy rocky, so be sure to have boots with good ankle support. Would definitely hike this trail again.

Very nice view at the end. Worth the hike!

We went on Dec 31. Note, the gate is closed so you walk in — it has to be at least 4km walk in — it’s a pretty road along the water but you need to build that timing, 45-1hr walk in/out into your plan. We only did 1/2 of the first loop as a result. There was some ice on parts of the path which is pretty rooty and rocky so that slowed the pace as well.

We went on Dec 31. Note, the gate is closed so you walk in — it has to be at least 4km walk in — it’s a pretty road along the water but you need to build that timing, 45-1hr walk in/out into your plan. We only did 1/2 of the first loop as a result. There was some ice on parts of the path which is pretty rooty and rocky so that slowed the pace as well.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful walk beside the river.. I have done it in December during snow which was really amazing. You can hike even after the trail if you want to, but make sure that you dnt get lost

This is as close as you will get to Central Park in Halifax as it’s a beautiful park with endless trails and things to see. Can also see several old war bunkers and interpretive signs which is very interesting. There are a couple parking lots - this park is always extremely busy and really comes alive in the summer. Parts of this park are off-leash... some parts are no dogs allowed at all. Some are only on-leash - you have to watch your every move for little signs where the areas change. Are easy to miss. Beautiful views of the ocean/harbour and can even see York Redoubt and Dead Man’s Island from the park.

We love this trail as it is a lot less busy than the other trails in Sir Sanford Fleming Park. It is very woodsy and is a nice quiet loop with a bit of an incline. You likely wont see many people (if anyone) on this. Lots of other connecting trails you could pair this with. We love walking our dog on this trail.

walking
27 days ago

Beautiful very short trail along the Norhwest Arm. Beautiful views of the Dingle Tower. A good trail for the whole family and dog friendly (on-leash). Lots of picnic tables and benches. Great spot. Lots of other connecting trails available.

We love doing the frog pond loop. We always take our dog for walks here. It is a very busy trail with a large parking lot. You can venture off this trail onto other connecting trails in Sir Sanford Fleming Park. Very easy walk with minimal ups and downs. Trail is mostly dirt with a few small boardwalk sections.

This is our favourite place to explore - there’s nowhere else quite like it. There are tons of trail combinations that you can do. Every time you return you will find hidden things and places that you haven’t seen before. Tons of old war buildings and bunkers to look at. A few you can even go in. In the summer there are public washrooms available on site. Lots of picnic tables as well. If you venture down on the trails between the fortress and the ocean the hill down to the water is extremely steep. Lots of secrets about this place to find for yourself. It really is an enchanting place. I’d recommend for everyone to go here at least once to see what it’s all about. Lots of history and interpretive signs. There’s also rumours of parts of it being haunted... we have experienced those claims only once but something we will never forget. Truly interesting.

This trail is easy with some minor grade hills. Parts of the trail are gravel and boardwalk. This is right along the ocean and is beautiful especially on a sunny day. Note: if you aren’t a local and already aware, you will see naked people at the last beach. Once you pass this beach you pretty much just turn and go back the way you came. This trail doesn’t really end, but the easy part ends. The trail continues on for several kilometers (Pennant Point Trail) which is considered a trail loop of it’s own (I think it’s around a 10 km loop).

hiking
27 days ago

This trail is extremely easy and is good for all family members (including on-leash pets). Also keep your eyes out for geocaches in the area. The trail does not take long to do and there is one section of the trail that is boardwalk.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike only minutes away from Peggy’s Cove. Only room for parking 4-5 cars and the trail isn’t marked from the road. You just have to look where there’s other cars pulled off to know where it is. Otherwise you can park along the road if the small pull-off is full. Parts of the trail are sometimes muddy - chose footwear appropriately. In the summer this trail is extremely busy with both tourists and locals alike. Note: inland the temperature will be 10 degrees warmer than the Peggy’s Cove area (typically anyway). It would be good to check the weather and wind speeds before you head down to this trail. There are lots of good places to have a picnic on this trail. There are also remnants of war bunkers to take a look at. The trail has several off trails and you could explore for ever. This trail is directly on the ocean. Best day to do this trail is on a sunny day, as you will get the most beautiful green-blue reflections from the water in any pictures you take. There are extremely steep parts and scaling up and down some large rocks. Do not wear sandals like some unknowing people do. Also... don’t be one of those people to go down on the black rocks...unless you want to die of course. This doesn’t just apply to Peggy’s Cove.. anywhere along the ocean. These rocks mean a wave can come out of nowhere and sweep you under and take you out in a rip tide. Do not let your kids or animals attempt to swim here either. The trail is good to hike with dogs on but there maybe be parts you need to help them along with (or turn and go back the way you came). This is a trail I would do more than once for sure.

A very rewarding hike with excellent ocean views. The first part of the trail crosses an eternity of lose beach rocks on the upper side of the beach. You should wear hiking shoes with ankle support - good place to roll an ankle. If you go in sneakers just be cautious. The trail itself is a loop with over half of it having ocean views. Good for on-leash dogs, however people like to break the rules which is rather annoying... parts of the wooded section of the trail can be extremely muddy but there are stones and boards to walk on to cross. There are also secrets to this trail. Find for yourself.
This is an area known for high levels of ticks so always practice good after-hike inspections of yourself and your pets. A good dose of the (pet-friendly) Atlantick spray before hiking this area would be recommended. Overall, this is a hike I go back and do every few years as it’s interesting enough to do more than once.

This trail for us is one that you do once but never really return to. The hiking it good. - some ups and downs, stumpy trails, 1 look off where you can see the ocean in the far distance. There are 3 coloured trails. We did 2 in one day, then returned again to complete the trail we skipped the first time. It’s a nice quiet woodsy hike, however extremely boring. Some areas can be quiet wet at certain times of year. The road to the parking lot is dirt and is often very soft and muddy so just getting there can be an experience (early spring). Great for hiking with your dog...it is on leash only... however people not being able to read and all, we met several unleashed dogs running up ahead of their owners. Not very nice to have lose dogs approach on-leash dogs. I expect these are locals who think they own the trail. So overall, nice to do once for a new place to go, but not an “omg I must go again” trail.

This trail offers amazing views of the Atlantic ocean, as well as opportunities to go down inside approximately 3 caves. The trail is extremely easy but there are a lot of stairs if you go down into the caves that some people may mind. The trail doesn’t take long to do at all. Maybe 30 minutes (round trip) if you stop and go into each cave and then you can either loop back or turn and go back the same way you came. Note: there is an admission price to get into the park but there are several other activities to do there, as well as a small store and restaurant.

Excellent place to explore abandoned buildings and bunkers (fenced off areas for the most part)

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike with breathtaking views once you reach the top of the rock.

Cool trail, super easy but short. Would definitely recommend to those looking for a quick fix.

Great views. Suggest to take two vehicles and park at each end so you don’t have to double back.

Easy hike with beautiful sunsets

walking
2 months ago

Pretty walk in the middle of the city. Great for date nights - lots of people watching, dining and drinking options, art, etc. Love coming in the morning to watch the sunrise.

Trail entrance is marked with numerous 'private property', 'no trespassing' signs. I didn't bother with the hike as I didn't want to piss a landowner off.

Nov 12, 2018

Be sure to keep an eye out for the green signposts that mark the turn! Very fun hiking in and beautiful falls. A little less rewarding climb out but manageable! Will definitely make a return trip.

Great place to go to with the dog (especially if they like to swim)! Loved the trails in the woods especially.

Beautiful ride

hiking
2 months ago

We took a wrong turn and ended up on the ski hill which was super cool. Took a wrong turn but it turned out great. A major hill at the beginning but really fun:)

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