Shubie Park Trails
Hours Of Operation
limited winter maintenance.
54 Locks Road, Dartmouth, Halifax Metro
Shubie Park, a beautiful 16-hectare urban park in Dartmouth, contains over 9 kilometres of wooded walking trails, including part of the Trans Canada Trail. Some of the trails of the park follow a portion of the abandoned Shubenacadie Canal, which passes through the park. (See listing for Shubenacadie Canal Waterway.) The park includes designated areas for dogs to be off-leash, and an interpretive area called the Fairbanks Centre next to the canal at the location of a series of locks between Lake Micmac and Lake Charles. The Fairbanks Centre features a scale model of canal lock mechanisms and various displays.
Heavily forested, Shubie Park is roughly linear in shape, bounded on the north and west by Highway 118 and on the south and east by Lake Micmac and the southern edge of Lake Charles. The main soil is a well to excessively drained stony sandy loam podzol of the Halifax Series.
The land comprising Shubie Park was part of a larger estate called "Countryview" that had been established in 1722 as the King's wood lot, providing masts for the Royal Navy. In 1783, the Countryview estate became the first royal land grant in Dartmouth, issued by King George III to naval mast maker Samuel Greenwood. Since then, the land has exchanged hands several times, and during the 1960s–1970s the remaining undeveloped land of the Countryview Estate bordering the greenbelt between the highway and lake was set aside as a municipal park for the City of Dartmouth (now part of Halifax Regional Municipality). The park was developed primarily as a green space, although an area bordering Lake Charles was established with a beach, day use picnic area, and campground.
Facilities / Services
Trail length: 9.50 km
Trail type: Day-use trail, Wilderness trail
Trail surface: Gravel, Natural
Activities: Birding & wildlife, Canoeing, Cross country skiing, Cycling, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Snowshoeing
Directions: Parking at Fairbanks Centre.