Balancing Rock Trail, Nova Scotia


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 and Balancing Rock Trail, 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.

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Hikers on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Island

Skyline Trail 

Experience an eagle's eye view of the Cabot Trail from the top of the popular Skyline Trail.  The trail, with its mostly level boardwalk, is 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 the ocean below, wildlife and the many boreal birds that call the area home.

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Hikers taking photos of a moose on the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.

Provincial and National Parks

Just 30 minutes west of Halifax on the South Shore, the white sands of Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park is the starting point for a 10km (6.2 mile) hike along Pennant Point. On the Eastern Shore, Taylor Head Provincial Park features the short Beach Trail or the longer Headland Trail. If a walk in woods is your path to outdoor abandon, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site offers many trails, from short and gently sloped to 100kms (62 miles) of immersive backcountry trails with wilderness campsites along the way. For a coastal hiking experience, the Kejimkujik National Park Seaside will not disappoint.

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Guided Hiking Tours 

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 in Nova Scotia that 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.

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