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
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
- Sunscreen and insect repellant
- First Aid Kit
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).