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Wilderness Trails

Click on the links below for information on wilderness trails in your community and how to get there....

Crowbar Trail The Bluff Wilderness Trail Musquodoboit Trails
Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail Musquodoboit Trailways

Wilderness hiking is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors while experiencing nature in its pristine state. To safely make the most of your recreation "in the wild" it is important to follow some basic guidelines:

  • Let someone know where you will be hiking and what time you are expecting to return.

  • Carry a cell phone. Often coverage is intermittent on the trails but it is still worthwhile to have one.

  • Check the weather forecast before leaving home and dress accordingly.

  • Plan your excursion to leave plenty of time to return during daylight hours and cut it short if it's taking longer than expected.

  • Wear proper hiking boots to provide good grip and ankle support.

  • Check your gear before you leave home, to ensure that you have everything that you will need and that it is in good working order.

  • Carry a backpack containing:

    - food and drink - a first-aid kit
    - rain gear - a flashlight
    - a pocket knife - sun screen lotion
    - two or three candles to provide heat and light - a lightweight emergency blanket or plastic tarp
    - a whistle (if you happen to get lost or injured, will help alert searchers to your location) - extra clothing (in case of a sudden drop in temperature)
    - toilet paper - insect repellent
    - a cigarette lighter or waterproof matches - a roll of duct tape (to repair just about anything)
  • Eat and drink at regular intervals to maintain your energy and hydration levels. Keeping well-hydrated is very important. Each person should carry 8 to 12 oz. (250 to 400 ml) of fluid for each hour of hiking, more in hot weather. Coffee and alcoholic drinks should be avoided.
  • Carry a compass and a map of the area where you are travelling.
  • Know your limitations--in terms of both trail difficulty and distance--and hike on trails that are within your ability.

  • Wear bright colored clothing—particularly during hunting season. Better yet, stay out of hunting areas during the fall hunting season.

  • Hikers should be alert for wildlife. Bear, moose and coyotes often frequent these areas.

Leave no Trace - "Take only pictures, Leave only footprints" When heading out into the wilderness it is imperative that our impact is minimal so all the beauty of nature remains for others and for our ourselves when we pass this way again.


Many of these trails are built and maintained by the Halifax Regional Trails Association. Your community at work! Why not get involved with a trail association in your area?