3 Easy Trails in West Hants

Cheverie Saltmarsh Trail-Trails in West Hants

Sometimes, you don’t want to struggle along a steep, rocky, long hike. Sometimes you just want a few kilometers outside in nature-I know I do, which is why I am sharing the information on these pretty easy trails in West Hants.

Keep in mind, there are other great trails in West Hants, but today it’s gonna be these 3- Irishman’s Road, Smiley’s Provincial Park and the Salt Marsh Trail in Cheverie.

Irishman’s Road Trail

Irishman’s Road Recreation Site-Trails in West Hants

This is one of my oft used trails to take the dog walking and there are plenty of options for length. There are all well marked, but it’s best to familiarize yourself with the trail map at the beginning . We usually take the first trail on the right past the Glooscap Heritage Archery clubhouse-the Glooscap Heritage Loop, and then we add others as the mood strikes us[click_to_tweet tweet=”.Part of that trails is shared with the archery club,but no worries.You won’t be allowed on the trail when there is an archery meet in progress.” quote=”Part of that trails is shared with the archery club,but no worries.You won’t be allowed on the trail when there is an archery meet in progress.”]

The trails markers allow you to choose the difficulty you’d like-but none of them are that difficult- a few hills and roots. This system also doubles as  mountain biking trails.
Click here to go to a trail map-just click on the trail you’re interested in and it will tell you the name, length and any other juicy bits of information you may want to know.
Address: 151 Irishman’s Rd, Windsor, NS

Smiley’s Provincial Park Trails

Smileys Provincial Park-Trails in West Hants

I wish I could say all trails in West Hants, or anywhere for that matter, were as well marked as Irishman’s Road-alas, they are not.
Such is the case with the trails at Smiley’s.I have gotten turned around there more than once. There is a nice section that follows the Meander River-(in case you are wondering, you WON’T find the Meander River Falls at Smileys) – with some spots deep enough  for a swim. There are no big hills. It’s also a campground, if you wanted to add that to your agenda.And, one of the things I love about provincial parks is the list of events that are planned around the province throughout the year.Unfortunately there are no more events at Smiley’s planned for Smileys in 2019. Trail map is here
Address: 109 Clayton McKay Road, Hwy 14, Brooklyn, NS

Salt Marsh Trail in Cheverie

Cheverie Saltmarsh Trail-Trails in West Hants
Cheverie Saltmarsh Trail-Trails in West Hants

 

Across the road from the Cheverie Causeway( Worth a stroll along the beach on the ebb tide as well) you’ll find the Salt Marsh trail head. It’s an easy walk of about 2 km return though the woods to the boardwalk that traverses the marsh and you can  either return the same way or  follow the meadow back. Interpretive signs will explain the history and importance of the salt marsh. As with  a great many trails, this one was built but the sweat of volunteers. Find a trail map here.
Address:  6500 Hwy 215,Cheverie, NS

 

These trails do not allow motorized vehicles and are dog friendly, providing they are on leash and cleaned up after.

Forest Lakes Trails -Hike to Cameron Lake

Don’t you love Facebook events? It’s an opportunity to find trails I would probably never know about.
This was the case on a recent frosty Sunday when a couple of  friends and I took advantage of a guided trail along the Forest Lakes Trail system in Ardoise.
Forest Lakes is a country club with luxury seasonal and overnight housing rentals and real estate. Out of my price range ? Absolutely.
No matter. The trails are open to everyone. I suspect this was a marketing maneuver to get people up close and personal with their property.  And why not? But with my my less than stylish hiking gear-I was wearing my oldest coat because it covers my bum – I don’t think I  fit their target market.

Forest Lake Trails
Forest Lake Trails

Two dozen of us meet in the lodge prior to hike time and were given two options.  We could take a 2 km hike or a longer 5 km hike-which actually turned out to be almost 6 and a half. We opted for the longer trail to Cameron Lake.

Most of the hikers took off as if they were shot from a cannon.  There were many icy spots so we followed at a more sedate pace, giving us lots of time to enjoy our surroundings while trying not to break a hip.

The  wide, gravel trail wound over bridged bogs and alongside hardwood stands, spruce and fir. The view of  smooth, glassy Cameron Lake was spectacular. I wanted to skate on it right then and there. And I don’t even skate

Cameron Lake Forest Hills Trails
Cameron Lake Forest Lake Trails

The Forest Lake Trail system is well marked by color coded signage. I would like to see trail names as well as the distances on the signs, because, yes some of us did get separated for a short time despite having three leaders. If you didn’t take note-and of course you should-of what color trail you were on at the trail head, it could happen.

Forest Lake Trails signage
Forest Lake Trails signage

What You Need To Know About Forest Lakes Trails:

  • Find it at 40 Eagle View Drive, Ardoise. You can’t miss it-there is a huge sign off Highway #1
  • Lots of parking up by the lodge
  • There are over 10 km of multipurpose trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. Click here for a trail map
  • And, according to the trail  amp, hikers are welcome to use the lodge to fill up water bottles and use the washroom. Good on them for that,

 

There’s Snow ! Get out the Snowshoes!

View from the top-Castle Frederick

If you want to find out how out of shape you are-just strap on a pair of snowshoes and slog through six inches of newly fallen snow.
Today was my first chance at getting out-I was happy to do so, because I’ve been waiting all winter for enough snow to get out with my shoes. I like snow-there I’ve said t and I am not taking it back!.
I didn’t go too far, but it was bloody hard work.
What doesn’t kill me will make me stronger. I hope. Continue reading “There’s Snow ! Get out the Snowshoes!”