Hiking

Nova Scotia's abundance of parks and a well developed trail system makes the province a great place to hike a trail. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker there is a trail for you. Nova Scotia is also part of the Trans Canada Trail system.

Hiking in Nova Scotia

man hiking in Mabou

Tips for a safe hike

  • Research trails before you head out
  • Don’t hike alone - hike with a friend, or with a group
  • Tell someone where you’re going, the trails you’re hiking, and when you expect to return
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Bring a rain jacket - even if the forecast doesn’t call for it!
  • Monitor local weather forecasts
  • Keep dogs on leash
  • Cell phone coverage may be limited or unavailable
  • If hiking at a camping park, ask staff about trail conditions and anything you need to be aware of
  • These are natural environment areas. Trails may be wet – or even washed out – after heavy rainfalls. Recent storms or high winds may have blown branches or trees onto the trail
  • Know your limitations and when to turn back whether due to fatigue, weather, or other circumstances.

What to Bring

  • Map
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
     

A good rule of thumb is to carry items that would enable you to stay out overnight, just in case.

Find out more about low-impact recreation in Nova Scotia's Wilderness Areas (pdf).