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Balancing Rock Trail (hiking)

balance_rock.jpg (14166 bytes)Location: Take Exit 26 off highway 101 at Digby and follow the signs to Digby Neck (highway 217). Take the highway to the end of Digby Neck (East Ferry). At East Ferry, take the ferry to Tiverton on Long Island. The ferry costs $2.00 (round trip) and leaves East Ferry on the half-hour and returns from Tiverton on the hour. Go left when leaving the ferry and pass through the town of Tiverton. The trail to the Balancing Rock is approximately 4 km from the ferry and is marked with a sign on the left-hand side of the road. Washrooms are located on site.

The trail is 2.4 km in length and leads to one of the most photographed and recognizable landmarks in Nova Scotia. Originally, the trail was little more than a goat path. It has since been upgraded and is fully maintained and groomed. The trail passes through a softwood forest and a boardwalk takes you across a marsh with some interesting plant life. At the end of the trail there is a steep staircase which leads down to the balancing rock and a rest station. It should be noted that the last part of this trail is quite strenuous and those with heart conditions should exercise caution.

Kejimkujik National Park (hiking/biking)

Location: Kejimkujik National is located at Maitland Bridge. Take highway 8 from Annapolis Royal. There are numerous signs along the way, you will see a large sign on the right hand side (west side) marking the entrance.

Kejimkujik National Park was founded in 1967 in an area that was once a hunting and fishing retreat. The park has a variety of vegetation and geography and is home to various animals and birds. While Kejimkujik is famous for its canoeing there are also excellent hiking trails. There are 16 day hikes which range in distance from 0.3 km to 18 km (return), There are two fully wheelchair accessible trails and one which has a wheelchair accessible portion. Some trails take yougold_kej.jpg (26624 bytes) through 300-year-old hemlock forest, while another takes you back in time to when gold was mined here. Some trails are for both hiking and biking, while others are restricted to hikers only. The roadways of Kejimkujik make for great biking, especially in the fall when the foliage colours are at their peak. Free trail guides detailing all the day hikes and trail uses can be picked up at the park information centre when entering the park and for those wishing to do the overnight hikes a back-country guide purchased from the information centre is essential. These trails are rocky and narrow in spots and can be wet depending on the season.

For the more adventurous or those just craving solitude, the park has three designated overnight hikes. All of these trail start at the Big Dam Parking Lot. The first and longest of these is the Liberty Lake trail. This trail is 65 km in length and has three campsites, which splits the distance into hikes of 12 km, 16 km, 19 km and 18 km. While it is possible to do this hike in three nights and two days, most find that a five-day trip allows them to enjoy more of the beauty. This trail also features four side trips, the first with a campsite is 20 km (return) while the other three are 14 km, 13 km and 6 km (return).

Channel Lake Trail is a 26 km loop with two campsites that break the trip into 3 hikes of 5 km, 8 km, and 13 km. It should be noted that to complete the loop you must pass through Still Brook. While this is easy during the summer months, the brook is not passable during the spring. We recommend you ask park staff about the water levels.

The third hike is Big Dam/Frozen Ocean Trail. This trail is 20 km (return) or 23 km if you take the first half of the Channel Lake trail back rather than retrace your footsteps. This trail is made up of the first 10 km of the Liberty Lake trail and is a good overnight trip as there are four campsites along this route.

The back-country trails provide solitude and a great opportunity for those who are quiet and have keen eyes for Bob cats, owls, hawks, turtles, beavers and deer. While Kejimkujik is also home to black bears, people rarely encounter them due to their shy and wary nature. While these bears tend to avoid humans, proper measures should be taken when in the back-country, especially when dealing with food.

For more information contact Kejimkujik National Park

Maitland Bridge, NS
B0T 1N0
Phone: (902) 682-2772

Central Grove Trail (hiking)

Location: Take Exit 26 off highway 101 at Digby and follow the signs to Digby Neck and highway 217. Take highway 217 to East Ferry and catch the ferry to Tiverton on Long Island (see Balancing Rock description for rates and departure times). Leaving the ferry, keep on highway 217 and look for a sign on the right-hand side of the road for Central Grove Provincial Park. The trail begins at the back loop of the Provincial Park.

This is a maintained trail and has picnic tables and outhouses available at the park. The trail is 1.6 km in length and winds its way over rocky terrain. It passes through a spruce and some maple forest. There are bogs with boardwalks passing over them. The trail ends at a rocky beach and is a good place to see birds.

Acacia Valley Trail (hiking/wheelchair accessible)

Location: Near Acaciaville on route 303 from Digby

The Acacia Valley trail is presently under construction and is expected to be open in the spring of 2000. The trail demonstrates this area's belief that the outdoors are for everyone. There will be three trails: a novice hiking and interpretative trail, an advanced trail with back-country campsites, and a boardwalk loop, complete with wheelchair accessible fishing platforms. The Digby East Fish and Game Association are developing the trail, while working to restore fish habitat and populations of the Acacia brook system.

Delap's Cove Wilderness Trail (hiking & biking)

Location: From Annapolis take highway 1 across the Annapolis River to Granville Ferry. At Granville Ferry turn left onto Parker's Cove Road. Heading towards the Bay of Fundy you will come to an intersection at the shoreline. Turn left at the intersection and this will take you to Delap's Cove. You continue straight until the pavement ends approximately 22 km from Annapolis Royal. Follow the signs to the parking lot.

Delap's Cove was settled by approximately 500 Black Loyalists fleeing the United States after the American Revolution. However, due to the rocky nature of the soil and its exposure to the harsh weather, by 1871 the population was down to just 70 people. Today all that remains are the foundations of this past settlement. There are three trails to choose from: Bohaker, a 2.2 km loop; Charlie's Loop, a 1.8 km loop; and Shore Road, 2.7 km (one way), which runs between the two. There is an interpretative sign at the front of the trail with a map and washroom facilities are located at the parking lot. This trail is also used by ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) and by hunters, so exercise caution.

Bohaker Trail starts by the interpretative sign and goes down hill to the water and along the coastline. You will soon come to Bohaker Brook and the 13m (43ft) Bohaker falls. There is a great look out at the top of the falls, accessible from a side trail that leads across the brook. Continuing on the main trail, you head back inland and will soon reach a junction with Shore Road. You can turn left here and head back to your car.

Shore Road Trail is actually the remains of what used to be a highway running along the North Mountain Range. There are no visible landmarks along this trail and only a small sign indicating the entrance to Charlie's Loop, so watch carefully.

Charlie's Loop is 1.8 km in distance and has several offshoots to the water. The first offshoot gives hikers a chance to see a small vein of agate. The third offshoot has a platform over-looking Charlie's Cove. The trail then turns inland back to Shore Road. Keep an eye out here for the foundations of the old settlement. Once back on Shore Road, you retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness (hiking/biking/skiing)

Location: From Annapolis Royal go South on highway 8. The trail parking lot is approximately 10 km from Annapolis Royal you will see a large sign on the left-hand (east) side of the road.

The land that makes up the Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness belongs to Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd. There is a map of the trail posted at the parking lot and the 2-km (return) gravel trail has a picnic area and freshwater beach. There are interpretative sites and a boardwalk through a marsh as well as a suspension bridge and a treetop lookout. The trail intersects with an excavated road that provides an added 4 km (one-way) of trails.


Land Registration & Information Service (maps)
396 Main Street
Lawrencetown, NS
B0S 1M0
Tel: (902) 584-2266

Nimbus Publishing
PO Box 9301, Station A
Halifax, NS
B3K 5N5

In Forest and Field
J.S. Erkstine
Nova Scotia Museum

Nova Scotia Nature Map
Nova Scotia Museum

A Map of the Province of Nova Scotia
Province of Nova Scotia & Formac Publishing
(a book of 45 1:250 000 scale maps)

Belliveau Cove Eco-Tours
RR1 PO Box 83
Church Point, NS
B0W 1M0
Tel: (902) 837-1056

Milford House
PO Box 521
Annapolis Royal, NS
B0S 1A0
Tel: (902) 532-2671

Natural History of Nova Scotia
Vol 1 & 2
Nimbus/Nova Scotia Museum

Walk on the Wildside Nature Tours
Westport, Brier Island, NS
B0V 1H0
Tel: (902) 839-2962

Sou'Wester Adventure Tours
(Canoe, bicycle, specialty tours)
P.O. Box 22
Bridgetown, NS
B0S 1C0
Tel: (902) 665-4004

Nova Scotia Trails Federation
5516 Spring Garden Rd
P.O. Box 3010, Halifax, NS
B3J 3G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450 ext. 325
Fax: (902) 425-5606

Kejimkujik National Park
P.O. Box 236,
Maitland Bridge, NS
B0E 2W0
Tel: (902) 682-2772

Nova Scotia Government Bookstore
1700 Granville St.
PO Box 637
Halifax, NS
B3J 2T3
Tel: (902) 424-7580
Online Catalogue

Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia
Michael Haynes
Goose Lane Editions
469 King Street, NB
E3B 1E5

Biking To Blissville
Kent Thompson
Goose Lane

Wildlife of Nova Scotia
Julie Towers
Dept of Natural Resources

Summer Nature Notes
Merrit Gibson

Dept. Natural Resources
(Has a list of licensed guides)
PO Box 130
Lawrencetown, NS
B0S 1N0
Tel: (902) 584-2229

Annapolis River Campground
50 Queen Street
Bridgetown, NS
B0S 1C0
Tel: (902) 665-2801

Hinterland Adventures And Gear
54 Gates Lane
Weymouth, NS
B0W 3T0
Tel: (902) 837-4092
Fax: (902) 837-5196

Brev Adventures
(Bicycle tours)
22 School St.
P.O. Box 76
Middleton, NS
B0S 1P0
(902) 825-2564

Belliveau Cove Eco Tours
Belliveau Cove, Digby Co, NS
B0W 1M0
Phone: (902)837-1056
Phone: (902)769-7899

Annapolis County Recreation Dept
P.O. Box 100
Annapolis Royal, NS
B0S 1A0
Tel: (902) 532-2331


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