Salt Marsh and Shearwater Flyer Trails – Trans Canada Trail

Hours Of Operation

no winter maintenance.


806 Bissett Road, Cole Harbour, Halifax Metro




The Salt Marsh and Shearwater Flyer Trails section of the Trans Canada Trail is a multi-use linked trails system on a former railbed.  

The rail trail starts at Department of National Defence Shearwater (passing through the Aviation Museum) and travels out to the end of the trailhead for the Salt Marsh Trail at the Cole Harbour Heritage Park (Bissett Road). 

This is an ideal route for touring on bicycles – it is level, safe and can also take cyclists to city bike routes and other destinations such as ferry terminals, Fishermen’s Cove and McNabs Island. 

 The trails are 7 km inland and 6.5 km on a causeway through the Cole Harbour salt marsh offering wonderful views, interpretive signage, and abundant wildlife. Salt marshes are a graceful intermingling of land, freshwater and a twice daily flood of salt water.  

Trail activities include exploring the area’s wildlife, bird watching, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  

 Visit our web site for additional information, as well as a trail map to plan your route.

More Details

Facilities / Services

Wheelchair accessible
Limited accessibility

Detailed Information

Trail length: 13.50 km
Trail type: Linear park
Trail surface: Gravel
Activities: Birding & wildlife, Cross country skiing, Cycling, Hiking, Snowshoeing