Winter hiking and snowshoeing in Nova Scotia

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With another storm blanketing Nova Scotia with snow, now is the perfect time to strap on those snowshoes and get outside and enjoy winter hiking before it all melts away!

With the help of our friends at Hike Nova Scotia, we put together a list of some of the top winter hikes in Nova Scotia.


Usiage Ban Falls

Gaelic for “white water”, Usiage Ban Falls is found 14.5 km north of Baddeck (Highway 105, exit 9). A 16-metre waterfall and a trip along the North Branch Baddeck River highlight its two beautiful trails.

Cole Harbour Heritage Park

Found at 256 Bissett Rd., The Cole Harbour Heritage Park is a 400-acre provincial park maintained by our friends at the Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association. Whether you want to hike the whole park, a few trails or connect to the Salt Marsh Trail and the Shearwater Flyer, this is a must hike in the Central Region.

Gully Lake Wilderness Area Trails

Located just north of Mt. Thom (off highway 104), the Gully Lake Wilderness Trails has two public access points: one at Kemptown Rd. and one off the Glenn Rd (off Trunk 4). Whether you’re looking to hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe, the mixture of old cart tracks and wood roads makes for perfect conditions.

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Cape George

You’ll find the Cape George Heritage Trails in the beautiful North Shore of Antigonish County. You’ll be within walking distance of the Cape George Lighthouse and with 37 kilometres of trails, overlooking St. George’s Bay, you’ll find something for every level of hiker!

M.A.R.C. Trail System

The Municipal Activity and Recreation Complex (or MARC) Trails are found just outside of Bridgewater. With eight kilometres of trails, snowshoes and skis available on site and activities ranging from skating to tobogganing, it’s easy to lose track of time at the MARC!

Delaps Cove Wilderness Trails

The Delaps Cove Wilderness Trails are found just north of Annapolis Royal. The system consists of two connected trails: the Bohaker Trail and Charlies Trail. .This three to four hour hike takes you along the Bay of Fundy and is perfect for anyone looking for a coastline hike!


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