Hemlock Ravine, Wentworth, and Governor's Loop Trail

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Hemlock Ravine Park

Hemlock Ravine, Wentworth, and Governor's Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 305 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips



bird watching




wild flowers





historic site

Hemlock Ravine, Wentworth and Governor’s Loop trail is located in Hemlock Ravine Park in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The trails are well trafficked, and offer a quiet escape from the nearby highway. The trail is mostly flat gravel pathway, with numerous offshoots leading to the nearby school, surrounding subdivision, and a look-off overlooking the Bedford basin. Open to visitors year round the trails can be used for snow shoeing, and are child, as well as wheelchair friendly. Parking Information: Best parking is available in the main lot at the trailhead off of Kent Avenue.

Great trail! Leads to great loops, definitely icy !

2 months ago

Great trail for families. There were some icy spots today but easy to avoid. It is mostly clear now. There were more short, steep hills than I was expecting but fine for walking. The ducks at the heart pond were very entertaining to the 5 year old and the grownups!

3 months ago

lovely trail, not a lot of signs that I could see where off leash vs on leash areas are but it may have just been the trails I chose to walk didn't have them. I only saw one sign that said you are now leaving an off leash area. other than that it was beautiful and a great walk with my dog!

5 months ago

Dog friendly with off-leash areas, so if you want to birdwatch or meditate you’ll have to arrive on days when most families are not there and/or stay away from the duck pond area. Remembrance Day was busier, for example. The trail is a good walk with several loops and the park is accessible by public transit. Going down to the ravine trail is best. The trail down to the ravine is not as kept as the loop, but is still accessible on foot and much quieter! Just be mindful of muddy areas closer to the brook, especially in spring, but there are logs to help with getting over that. Lots of songbirds, red squirrels, fungi and lichen, fyi.

7 months ago


Easy trail for a nice day walk

8 months ago

Nice walk with the family (able to use the stroller) but not a lot of scenery. Lots of shade. If you're here in September there are lots of blackberries around a part of Governors Loop. We collected handfuls.

9 months ago

Well marked and has a couple of signs to help you know which loop to take. Saw a couple of deers and there are many adorable dogs off leash

Nice trail. Bunch of hills and turns. Lots of shade with the trees. A little bit buggy during mid day. Took the dogs and it’s nice they had an off leash trail to let them run. Overall good trail

Sun May 12 2019

Nice hike. A series of trails depending on your intent and fitness. The path is well maintained and would be good for any age group. There are no "wow" views on this trail, but following the stream at the bottom of the ravine is nice.

Tue Mar 19 2019

Very good trails to take dogs for a good exercise. 10/10 would recommend!

Tue Feb 12 2019

The place is okay. Lots of dogs, people don’t pick up after their pets. Didn’t hate it but also didn’t love it. The view isn’t anything special.

Mon Dec 24 2018

Frequent jogging route.

Sun Aug 26 2018

Good to do with very young kids or dogs. A casual walk more than a hike experience.

Sat Sep 23 2017

I have lived near Hemlock Ravine for 1 1/2 years. I love the peaceful nature of the park dearly and walk my dog there frequently. However, make note that there is only ONE off leash trail for dogs - Governor's Trail. I'm sure most dog walkers that come to the park don't know that or they don't care. My dog and I have had our share of scares and close calls with other dogs which are walking off leash in on leash areas. Very frustrating. And yes, there are people who don't pick up after their dogs or pick it up and leave the bag on the trail for someone else to take out. The peace and quiet I feel when I visit the park is slowly being eroded away by insensitive dog owners. I hope you enjoy your visit there as it is a lovely spot.

Fri Jun 05 2015

Pretty disappointing. It's primarily a dog park, the only good interesting spots in the park require you to go off trail, and there's not really much to see even when you do. Dog owners that visit the park are also really disrespectful. They leave bags of dog crap everywhere, I saw a huge pile of dog crap bags next to one bench and bags strewn all over the place. Pretty gross.

Mon Feb 04 2013

Easy walking trail in the city. Don't miss the heart shaped pond near the parking lot at the entrance to the trail. Almost always see deer on this trail along with birds and squirrels. It is crusher dust paths so easy to push a stroller too!

Wed Jan 02 2013

A lesser known cousin to Point Pleasant Park. Historic and naturally beautiful in many of the same ways. An oasis of nature in the city.

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