Your Halifax Hiking Bucket List

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The HRM is home to some amazing hiking trails – many of which can be accessed within a 30-minute drive from downtown Halifax! Here are our top 6 places to check out:

POLLY’S COVE TRAIL

This 2.4 mile loop coastal trail located is St. Margaret’s Bay is just a short hike away from one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nova Scotia! The trail features beautiful wildflowers, picturesque views of the ocean and a path that can be followed all the way up to Peggy’s Cove. 

THE BLUFF WILDERNESS HIKING TRAIL

A couple in an embrace overlooking a lakeside view at a Halifax hiking spot.

The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail is a rugged, challenging, 4-loop wilderness trail that spans over 30 km. Recommended for experienced hikers only, the trail passes through several landscapes along high ground, offering some amazing views of the surrounding forests and lakes.

DUNCAN’S COVE HIKING TRAIL

A summer picnic on a granite cliff overlooking the Atlantic ocean at a top Halifax hiking spot.
Photo by @jasemine_smith

This 4.6 mile coastal hiking trail is only short drive from central Halifax and includes many scenic views including this one right here! Enjoy hiking along rugged granite cliffs, coastal wildlife and the crisp breeze of the Atlantic ocean. 

HEMLOCK RAVINE PARK

Hemlock Ravine Park makes for a beautiful daytime hike! This uphill 200-acre nature park has 2.5 miles of marked trails and is home to this surreal heart-shaped pond! 

SANDY LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK

A man looking out over the lake at a top Halifax hiking spot.

Aptly named after the sandy bottom of the lake, this Bedford park is a unique oasis consisting of a beach as well as an oasis of wooded trails. It truly is a gem within the city! Bonus: The trails in the park are off-leash (with the exception of the area in and around the beach from Spring-Fall) so you can bring your fur pal with you! 

LONG LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK

This popular park located just minutes from downtown Halifax offers beautiful lakeside views and encompasses over 2000 hectares of wilderness. The Lakeview Trail (3.5 km loop) within the park includes a wide, gravel and packed sand trail to make it accessible for everyone!