Today marks the *official* beginning of fall in Nova Scotia and we couldn't be more excited. We've been writing about this season for the last three weeks, and now that it's finally here we can't wait to review every fallen leaf, every scarf, every single pumpkin spice latte.
To celebrate the fall equinox, we've compiled a list of nine hiking trails throughout Nova Scotia that you must explore this season! Watch the leaves changing across the province along these beautiful paths. Trails vary in their degree of difficulty, so be sure to do your research before embarking on an ambitious hike!
Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail
This epic trail commences right across the harbor from the Fortress of Louisbourg at the – you guessed it – Louisbourg Lighthouse, and runs all along the coastline for about 2km. Not only are the views on this hike incredible, but the walkways are extremely well maintained, making it a great novice hike.
Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve
One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Nova Scotia, Cape Split Provincial Park is a popular spot to hike, explore, camp, picnic and watch the tide come in. Venture out to the end of this unique 8km peninsula and watch the famous Bay of Fundy tides rise and fall.
Balancing Rock Trail
Hike this 2.5km trail for an unreal view of St. Mary’s Bay and the legendary Balancing Rock that…balances there. Called "Nature's Time Post", the Balancing Rock is a narrow vertical column of basalt, the most photographed rock of its kind in the area.
Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails
Out in Eastern Shore, the Crowbar Lake Hiking Trails system consist of 16.5km of wilderness hiking trails that access the Waverley Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area, east of metropolitan Halifax. This is a more challenging trail system, as it winds along rugged granite ridge landscape, but it’s worth the hike to see the incredible unspoiled lakes and waterways along the way!
Annapolis Valley Trail System
This massive trail system contains at least 200km of linear paths along an abandoned railway line, from Kentville to Norwood and on to the town of Yarmouth. This massive trail system is divided into seven different parts, so do some research and decide what scenery you really want to see before heading out!
The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail
This difficult 30km trail loops through it all: patches of hardwood and evergreen forests, fens and open granite barrens. Recommended for experienced hikers only, the trail mostly progresses along high ground, culminating at the Bluff plateau – one of the highest points near Halifax, affording some beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness.
Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Take a day trip out to hike a portion of this Coastal Trail if you’re looking for something simple, or camp along the shore and do a 3-4 day adventure to complete the entire trail. You’ll find yourself hiking through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nova Scotia, along cliffs over 150km high, with beautiful views of Advocate Bay.
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
This multi-use trail spans 92km along the West Coast of Cape Breton Island, from port Hasting to the Town of Inverness. Great for cycling or hiking, along the way you will find active fishing harbors, warm-water beaches in the beautiful towns of Port Hood, West Mabou, and Inverness.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Within this massive Canadian landmark you’ll find four well marked, hikeable trails, in addition to multiple off road paths and beaches. The Acadian Trail, Skyline Trail, Aspy Trail and the Franey Trail each wind through different parts of the Cape Breton Highlands, exposing visitors to all the diverse landscapes of this beautiful park.