Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island share something special: stunning natural beauty.

In addition to friendly neighbours and the affordable cost of living, one of the main reasons to live in the Maritimes is for the gorgeous scenery. With easy access to the endless coastline, dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, marshlands, rolling hills and islands, Maritimers are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor adventures.

While the unfolding pandemic may cause restrictions to ebb and flow, nature will always be there. Whether you choose to visit a park in your community or a hiking trail in your province, getting outdoors will look different as public health and safety guidelines change. But with so many of us stuck inside working and studying from home all day long, getting fresh air is key to keeping the whole family active and healthy.

And if you're packing your bag with essentials for the day, Nature Valley has your back. From protein-packed granola bars to crispy wafers, their products celebrate the goodness of natural ingredients and are conveniently pre-packaged to make hiking snacks a breeze.

If you're looking for adventure inspiration, read on for some of the best trails your family can explore as the weather warms up.

Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail

Price: Free

Address: 1800 Myra Rd., Porters Lake, NS

Why You Need To Go: Located less than an hour outside of Halifax, this wilderness system is organized into multiple lakeside loops. No matter which trail you choose, you'll come across high viewpoints and stunning forested areas. You'll also venture across boardwalks and wooden bridges, which make for the perfect family photo opportunity! Plus, these moderate trails are suitable for all skill levels.


Hopewell Rocks Park

Price: $35 for families, $14 for adults, $8 for children

Address: 131 Discovery Rd, Hopewell Cape, NB

Why You Need To Go: These iconic rock formations are recognizable to any good Maritimer. Caused by tidal erosion, the Hopewell Rocks are located along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, home to the highest tides in the world.

Walk along the ocean floor at low tide, and watch the waves from afar as the tide gets higher. Entrance is valid for two consecutive days, so there's ample time for the whole family to experience this destination.


Farm Lands & Bubbling Springs Trail

Price: $16 for families, $7.90 for adults, free for youth under 17

Address: 735 Gulf Shore Pkwy E., York, PEI

Why You Need To Go: This trail is an easy 4.5 kilometres, and it's popular amongst birdwatchers hoping to spot waterfowl in Long Pond. Halfway through the hike, you can see Bubbling Springs, where water is said to bubble out of the ground. Kids and adults alike will love this treasure-hunt of a stroll.


Skyline Trail

Price: $7.90 for adults, children enter for free

Address: 19685 Cabot Trail Rd., Pleasant Bay, NS

Why You Need To Go: Located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the skyline trail has some of the best panoramic views in the entire region. This dramatic trailhead overlooks the Cabot Trail's winding roads — where the sea meets the mountains.

This is also a great spot to view wildlife, from moose to bald eagles to boreal birds. Whether it's your first time in the area or you're rediscovering this incredible hike, the Skyline Trail is sure to be one for the photo album.


Greenwich Dunes Trail

Price: $7.90 for adults, children enter for free

Address: Greenwich, PEI

Why You Need To Go: Consisting of a fragile coastal dune system, wetlands and a variety of natural habitats for both plants and animals, Greenwich is a must-see destination while on P.E.I.

Located within P.E.I. National Park, you'll find three hiking trails here, varying from 1.25 kilometres to 4.5 kilometres, with landscapes shifting between wooded areas, open fields and boardwalks with views of Bowley Pond.


Polly's Cove Hiking Trail

Price: Free

Address: F4V6+92 West Dover, NS

Why You Need To Go: Polly's Cove is the lesser-known sibling of its famous counterpart, Peggy's Cove. But this destination offers just as much coastal rocky beauty — minus the crowds. Considered to be one of the most scenic hikes near Halifax, the oceanside landscape of Polly's Cove is dotted with enormous boulders as far as the eye can see.

The rugged trail isn't difficult but it does require keeping an extra eye on the little ones (or your fur babies) to ensure they don't get too close to the waves.


Kouchibouguac River Trail

Price: $7.90 for adults, children enter for free

Address: 186 Route 117, Kouchibouguac, NB

Why You Need To Go: Stretching 11.3 kilometres, the longest trail in Kouchibouguac National Park is an adventure that will last the whole day. This path is nestled along the south banks of the Kouchibouguac River, or "the river of the long tides," and you're sure to find a wide variety of bird nests along the way.

Take a rest on one of the benches throughout this hike to have a snack and enjoy scenic views of the river. The length of the hike might tire you and the family out, so perhaps also consider spending the night in one of the glamping "Oasis" teardrop structures.


Balancing Rock Trail

Price: Free

Address: Balancing Rock Trail, Tiverton, N.S.

Why You Need To Go: Nicknamed "Nature's Time Post," this unique pillar of basalt is balanced perfectly on its tip. It's a natural wonder that is sure to wow everyone in your family.

There's a well-maintained 2.5-kilometre trail and 235-step staircase leading up to a viewpoint that overlooks St. Mary's Bay, and of course, the Balancing Rock itself. There you'll also find a rest area complete with picnic tables, where you can unpack a few Nature Valley bars, sit back and admire the view.


Laverty Falls

Price: $7.90 for adults, children enter for free

Address: JX79+G8 Alma, NB

Why You Need To Go: Looking for somewhere for the fam jam to cool down? Look no further than brisk Laverty Falls, which are considered to be some of the most striking waterfalls in Fundy National Park.

This moderate trek is about a 5-kilometre roundtrip, and the reward for this hike is definitely worth it. Once you reach the falls, don't miss the chance to rinse your feet in the swift pool of water formed by this 39-foot waterfall. It makes for an excellent family-photo backdrop, too.


Confederation Trail

Price: Free

Address: There are entry points across the province

Why You Need To Go: This famous trail stretches across the entirety of P.E.I., from north to south. Accessible from wherever you are on the island, the 449 kilometres of rolled stone dust that makes up Confederation Trail is ideal for hikers of all fitness levels.

Whether you choose to walk, run or bike, be sure to stop every so often to take in the historical, architectural, natural and geographical facts about P.E.I. shared on the nearly 250 bilingual interpretive panels along the routes. If you're looking for some extra fun, Confederation Trail is also a geocaching hotspot with over 1,600 geocache sites.


Blomidon Hiking Trails

Price: Free

Address: 7J4X+PC Kings, Subd. B, NS

Why You Need To Go: Popular for its stunning viewpoints, this 13.5-kilometre system of interconnected trails is not to be missed in Nova Scotia. Within it, you'll find high cliffs, tons of wildlife, and natural habitats abound.

There's so much to see here that, whether you choose a 20-minute hike or conquer the three-hour loop, you'll likely spend the whole day here taking in the incredible views.


No matter what Maritime province you live in, you don't have to travel far to reconnect with nature.

Whether you seek coastal cliffs, unique rock formations, breezy trails or rushing waterfalls, there's something for everyone. And Nature Valley is the ultimate on-the-go snack made with wholesome ingredients to bring along on your family's next adventure.

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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.