There’s a lot of great hiking awaiting you in Nova Scotia. Hike on trails that meander through old growth forest stands, hug highland mountaintops, or amble past rolling orchards and pastoral fields. With so much coastline, there are many seaside trails that offer expansive ocean views, such as the popular Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve, pictured here.
There are trails that suit any level of experience, including accessible paths, so it’s easy to take a walk on the wild side in Nova Scotia.
Experience an eagle's eye view of the Cabot Trail while hiking the Skyline Trail and its mostly level boardwalk, just one of the 26 trails located within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Be sure to keep your camera handy as you watch for whales in ocean below and wildlife and the many boreal birds that call the area home. On this trek, you won’t just look at nature, you’ll be in the thick of it.
Types of Terrain
Travel far off the beaten path without travelling very far at all. Just 30 minutes west of Halifax, the white sands of Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park are the starting point for a 10-kilometre (6.2 mile) hike along Pennant Point. On the Eastern Shore, Taylor Head Provincial Park features a short Beach Walk or the longer Headland Trail.
If a walk in deep woods is your path to outdoor abandon, Kejimkujik National Park offers many trails from the short and gently sloped, to 100-kilometres (62 miles) of immersive backcountry trails with wilderness campsites along the way – because you aren’t doing these in just one day.
Explore Nova Scotia’s trails with the people who know them best - local guides and hikers. Hike Nova Scotia offers guided treks throughout the year, including winter (because hibernating is for bears.)
We’re pretty serious about getting outdoors here – we even have a hiking festival. Hike the Highlands is a ten-day celebration of hiking in Cape Breton, with guided walks, presentations, awards, cultural shows, and a photo contest. Lace up those hiking boots and we’ll see you outside.