Nova Scotia: The Great Trail Planning Resource

Cape Breton

As a kid, my family took a road trip from Ontario to the East Coast. Cape Breton is one of the most vivid memories I have of that trip (I don’t really remember the trip back because Harry Potter 6 had been released and I spent most of the return voyage with my nose in a book). Cape Breton is a beautiful, rocky vista. We saw bald eagles and dipped our toes in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a lovely place, I can only imagine the GT sections there are equally wonderful.

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Be careful on road sections here, I remember the roads being rather narrow and winding around the exterior of the cape.

 Section Distance (km)  Type  More Information
Cape Breton Regional Municipality 3.09 Paved Road Cape Breton Regional Municipality**
Bras d’Or Lake Water Route 387.38 Water Trail

Trails Nova Scotia – Bras d’Or

Bras d’Or Lake Guide

Campground Bras d’Or

Whycocomagh 5.28 Natural Trail Whycocmagh Village Trail
Whycocomagh Connector 0.84 Paved Road None listed
The Lewis Mountain Trail 14.93 Natural Trail Trails.com (subscription required for map)
Bealach Brèagha Lake Ainslie Trail 49.71 Natural Trail Lake Ainslie Development Association 
Celtic Shores Coast Trail 9.63 Gravel Trail Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
Trails Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Tourism
Canso Causeway Trail 1.34 Paved Road Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

Mainland

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Note: the Guysborough Rail-Line is currently incomplete (operational: 63.28 km; proposed: 10.98 km).

 Section Distance (km)  Type More Information
Hwy 16 – Hwy 344 67.31 Gravel Trail, Paved Road None listed
Guysborough Nature Trail 56.68 Gravel Trail Trails Nova Scotia
Guysborough Rail-Line 74.26 Gravel Trail, Paved Road Canada Trails
Plymouth to Springville 11.28 Paved Road None listed
Stellarton to Plymouth 14.66 Gravel Trail, Paved Road, Paved Trail None listed
New Glasgow 3.4 Gravel Trail, Paved Road Trails Nova Scotia
Nova Trails
Albion Trail 2.16 Gravel Trail Trails Nova Scotia
Nova Trails
Pictou to New Glasgow 22.65 Gravel Trail, Paved Road, Paved Trail, Water Trail None listed
Shubenacadie River 35.25 Gravel Trail, Natural Trail, Water Trail

NovaScotia.com

River Rafting Tours

Old Barns to Stewiacke 40.71 Gravel Road, Gravel Trail, Paved Road None listed
Cobequid Trail 18.65 Gravel Trail, Paved Road Municipality of Colchester
Denmark to Bible Hill 69.38 Natural Trail, Paved Road None listed

Halifax Area

Fun Fact: Nova Scotia’s Arboral Emblem is the Red Spruce (Picea rubens).

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 Section Distance (km)  Type  More Information
Lantz to East Milford 7.24 Paved Road None listed
Mastodon Trail 4.00 Gravel Trail Tourism Nova Scotia
Carrolls Corner to Lower Meaghers Grant 30.13 Paved Road None listed
Musquodoboit Trailway 15.96 Gravel Trail Musquodoboit Trailways Association
Tourism Nova Scotia
Trails Nova Scotia
Chezzetcook Musquodoit Trail 15.04 Paved Road Canada Trails
Blueberry Run Trail 10.18 Gravel Trail

SATA Trails

AllTrails

MarineRiders

Atlantic View Trail 10.38 Gravel Trail Atlantic View Trail
Trails Nova Scotia
Salt Marsh Trail 7.05 Gravel Trail Trails Nova Scotia
Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association
Halifax Trails
Halifax Regional Municipality – Halifax 6.42 Paved Trail, Paved Road Halifax Regional Municipality
Shubie Canal Greenway Corridor 12.42 Gravel Trail, Paved Road Shubenacadie Canal Commission
Trails Nova Scotia – Shubie Park
Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail 2.93 Natural Trail, Paved Road

Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail

NovaScotia.com – Dartmouth

Halifax Regional Municipality – Dartmouth 18.51 Natural Trail, Gravel Trail, Paved Trail, Paved Road Halifax Regional Municipality

Logistics

There are campgrounds upon campgrounds in Nova Scotia, including those in provincial parks. There is a Halifax West KOA; I’ve always had excellent experiences at KOAs. They tend to be reasonably priced and have good facilities.

Additional Resources

There is a Sue Lebrecht mapbook for this section of the Great Trail.

Nova Scotia is also home to the International Appalachian Trail (for more information, check out my article from the Trek about it).

**A lot of these sections didn’t have references, so I did a little research and added my own. Those listed in italics are not based off the Trans-Canada Trail foundation’s official suggestions.

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