Only half an hour outside of Halifax lies Blue Mountain, part of the winding trails and diverse landscape that make up the stunning Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. This stunning region near Timberlea is a massive natural oasis just outside the city limits, and is perfect for both a short day trip to walk the dog or an ambitious hiking adventure.
This expansive wilderness reserve spans 1,767 hectares as of 2015 – which is larger than the Halifax Peninsula itself! At the moment trails are being extended from Blue Mountain all the way to Susies Lake, which upon completion would make this area one of the greatest urban parks in all of North America. Some trails can be a little tricky, so be sure to research routes and conditions before embarking on your next hike through Birch Cove!