Super Easy Bucket List Hikes You And Your BFFs Need To Check Out In Nova Scotia This Fall - Narcity

Super Easy Bucket List Hikes You And Your BFFs Need To Check Out In Nova Scotia This Fall

These easy hikes will give you unforgettable views.

Hiking is a relatively inexpensive yet thrilling, adventurous and inclusive activity to engage with all your friends. It puts you outside in the world versus the comfort of the indoors and elevates your senses. There isn't much that is comparable to enjoying a stunning fall sunset or walking down stunning coastal trails with your closest friends. 

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Here are some of Nova Scotia's favourite and easy hiking trails: 

Duncan's Cove

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Duncan's Cove has an interesting historical backstory: Back in 1752, Duncan's Cove was merely a small fishing community but during WWII, bunkers were constructed to protect the city of Halifax. Duncan's Trail is pretty straight forward and gives you almost constant stunning coastal views. In addition to the gorgeous natural landscape, there are two old crumbling WWII lookout points as well as 2 lighthouses you will see on your hike.

This nature reserve is 370 hectares of coastal headland which extends to Chebucto Head. This sweet spot is easily one of Nova Scotia's top #coastal hikes, if not the best. This hiking trail is an all-embracing coast surrounded by dramatic granite cliffs, constantly pounded by the Atlantic Ocean surf waters. I can hear the soothing sound of waves right now. The waves can be massive and aggressive or calm and peaceful, depending on the day. 

If you look out towards the ocean, you'll likely see seals sun-bathing, colourful coastal birds and even whales in the distance! This area is also brimming with boats and shipping traffic, which adds to the seacoast intrigue. It's recommended to come properly prepared as there could be changes in temperature, wind and overall unpredictable weather.

If you guys decide to hike at Duncan's Cove, take Route 349 to the Chebucto Peninsula and the trail is just 20 km from Halifax. Most people give themselves about 4 hours to get the most out of this trip. Lucky for you, the trail is considered safe and easy because of their identifiable footpaths. Phew

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Nichols Lake Hiking Trail

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This trail starts from the Prospect Road Community Centre and continues along a rough gravel trail that leads you to Nichols Lake and Nichols Falls. The first stop of this trail is a sandy beach on Nichols Lake and Nichols Run, which is a beautiful stream connecting Nichols Lake and McDonald Lake. Nichols Run is alive with lots of birds, which makes for great animal photography! There are also a quite a few mosquitos here, so don't forget the bug spray! 

Their pristine lake at the second stop is a great destination for swimming, if the waters heat up warm enough. There is an improvised fire pit at one end of the beach and it makes for an ideal sitting area to enjoy the outdoors. 

The last stop is the most scenic stop in this trail: Nichols Falls. The falls are a great place for photography lovers or just peaceful enjoyment. While this waterfall certainly isn't 15 feet tall with cascading torrents, it is certainly beautiful and picturesque and thoroughly worth the hike! You can explore off-trail and upstream of the falls or downstream towards Nichols Lake.

This trail is a great option for a quick day trip getaway, without having to venture too far from the city. There are also many side trails along this gravel path that lead to other cool spots (see map for details) or will lead you nowhere or off into deer trails. 

These trails are ideal for a quick and easy getaway without venturing far from the city. There is a Multi-Cup Cafe that serves yummy ice cream cones, sweets and hot coffee at the cemetery entrance, so be sure to stop by for some post-hike snacks!

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Victoria Park

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This 1000-acre park in Truro has been one of the top outdoor destinations in the province for a long time. Established in 1887, the park has lots of facilities, including a large parking area, tennis courts, baseball diamond, picnic spots, BBQ pits, playground, splash pad, heated pool (um, what?), restrooms, info kiosks, meeting facilities and a band stage that hosts live music for its “Sunday in the park” concerts during the summer.

The park is a great spot for picnics, BBQ's family gatherings, cycling, hiking and overall enjoyment of the outdoors. Aside from cute spots for food and company, the nature views of the hiking trail is really quite magical. Most hikers have noted that scenery at Victoria Park looks like something out of Lord of The Rings. You can easily enjoy the park within an hour or two by hiking along the main trail, or you could spend your time exploring other looped trails which extend as far as the town of Truro reservoir.

The park features clean boardwalks and stairways that line the magnificent natural gorge and the main trail follows along Lepper Brook and 2 scenic waterfallsJacobs Ladder is probably Victoria Park's most renowned hiking spot: a dramatic 175-step stairway leading directly up the gorge. Old-growth forests are pretty rare in Nova Scotia so the fact that they cover up most of the park is a pretty lovely quality and also a big part of the indescribable outdoor experience. The fresh smells and overall magical aura of the park leave most visitors happy and satisfied. It’s definitely worth the 1hr drive from Halifax.

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Pockwock Falls

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This trail is home to lush stands of old-growth forests, cool wilderness areas and a splendid waterfall. The huge Pockwock Wilderness Area is a watershed located around Pockwock Lake, known for suppling clean drinking water for the city of Halifax.

This short hike to Pockwock Falls begins at a dirt road followed by a sharp turn leading you right into the woods and an upstream river.  This dirt road is called the Camptown Road and it used to be part of the Old Annapolis Road, built by the British in the 1800's as a route to the Annapolis Royal. You’re literally walking in the footsteps of history, if you think about it.

The views at the rushing river and quick waterfall is majestic and because the water volume changes drastically according to the weather and season, it’s likely to look different every time you visit! The area during the fall season is beautifully photogenic so it's the perf time to whip out the DSLR and practice those photography skills! There are also remains of an old dam, sawmills and lumber camps near the falls, revealing the park's engaging history. It seems the more you scratch the surface, the more there is to discover.

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York Redoubt National Historic Site

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York Redoubt National Historic Site offers visitors a scenic spot filled with impressive pieces of history. It's a great and casual spot for a stroll, picnic or family bonding time because it's a tad less busy compared to other hiking areas. This edgy, historical site will give you spectacular views of the pretty Halifax Harbour, the lighthouse at McNabs Island and the Atlantic ocean. There are also many picnic tables and benches to watch the boating traffic.

If you're a history lover, you'll be interested to know that York Redoubt is actually an integral part of Halifax's Harbour defence network that was built by the British in 1793! It was built to conquest the French as well as serving as a submarine defence station in World War II. Since then, it's been built and rebuilt for centuries.

This park's hiking trails start at the parking lot and leads up to a lookout tower where will you have the largest scope of the area. These trails used to extend downwards to the waterfront via tunnels but is now closed and unrepaired, unfortunately. But the whole idea of this historic site is pretty cool, you get to step foot on actual WWII territory in Canada! Although everywhere you wander on this site is only a few hectares, you'll still discover cool military earthworks, cannons and buildings, all grounded from different eras of Canadian Navy history.

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Kejimkujik National Park

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The Port Joli Head Trail in Kejimkujik National Park journeys across a bog, a forest and along the coast to Port Joli Head. The Atlantic Ocean is wild at this trail, so watch out for crashing tidal waves! The trail will take you back to the Harbour Rocks.

Slapfoot Trail is another trail at Kejimkujik National Park and is a relaxed and zig-zagging walk that offers beautiful views of the lake. Slapfoot trail is a multi-use trail so you will likely bump into bikers and even some horseback riders during your hike! You can access this trail by merging onto Mersey trail or Merrymakedge from Meadow Beach, Jeremy’s Bay campground, or Jim Charles Point.

The trails at Kejimkujik showcase an incredible diversity of habitats, scenery and areas of cultural and historical significance.  Visit their website to take a look at their hiking trail map and for more info on visitor safety and services!

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Polly's Cove

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Unlike the nearby Peggy’s Cove, Polly’s Cove is actually quite unknown to travellers and tourists! However, this means absolutely stunning stretches of smooth grey rocks and lush greenery to explore, without big crowds. 

Popular Peggy's Cove is known for smooth rocks, big waves and the impressive lighthouse. If you want an equally scenic Atlantic coastal hike experience without the crowds and the lighthouse, you can try Polly's Cove! It's only two kilometres east and it is definitely a more peaceful and secluded hiking area, if you want some cute alone time with your BFFs. 

There are a number of paths that criss-cross among the rocks and bogs between the road and the ocean. It's also a good idea to keep an eye for minke whales in the distance and carnivorous pitcher plants (I know, WTF). 

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Skyline Trail

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The Skyline Trail is located at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and may lead you and your BFF's to some of the best scenery in the whole province! You can catch sights of magnificent whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence or trace the Cabot Trail and get an unreal view of the Atlantic from nearby cliffs. There are lots of moose and bears on this trail, so dogs are not allowed to tag along! 

It is considered one of Canada's most inviting and enchanting natural trails, where the ocean meets the mountain. You'll eventually wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park where you'll spot lush green forests (well, it will be orange and red with fall creeping up), river canyons and rusty coloured cliffs. Keep an eye out for bald eagles and moose as they're richly habitated and if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of minke or pilot whales in the Atlantic or St. Lawrence Gulf! One of the best parts-- you're never far from a steaming plate of buttery fresh lobster.

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