As another snowstorm blows past Halifax, we are reminded that winter isn’t going anywhere. Why not embrace the cool temperatures and snow? Many of the outdoor spaces we enjoy in the summer months are great recreation spots in the winter.
Hike Nova Scotia is hosting guided snowshoeing hikes until mid March 2016. Check out their schedule of events to find a hike near you! If you call ahead, Hike Nova Scotia may have a pair of snowshoes available at certain locations. If you are looking to rent snowshoes, MEC and The Trail Shop have snowshoes available for less than $15 per day.
As always, when heading out on a trail be prepared for changing weather. Make sure you have a charged cell phone, first aid kit and a snack. For beginners, Halifax Trails has sage advice before hitting the trails.
Here are 5 places to snowshoe in Halifax:
5. Halifax Common
If you are a beginner and are looking to try snowshoeing close to home, try the flat terrain of the Halifax Common.
For those without their own pair of snowshoes, the municipal government of Halifax has free loans available that are lent out from the Emera Oval during public skate times. Be sure to bring your government issued photo ID to reserve your pair. Contact Jen Nagle for more information: naglej@Halifax.ca, 902-490-2343.
4. Shubie Park
Located on the north side of Lake Micmac in Dartmouth, Shubie Park is a 16-hectare urban park perfect for snowshoeing. Three main routes are found in the park (Trans Canada Trail, park walking trails and off-leash dog walking trails).
Pick your route accordingly and expect to see plenty of people. If a quiet experience is what you are looking for, time your visit with fresh snowfall before the public hits the trails.
3. Sir Sandford Fleming Park
Ideal for multiple skill levels and abilities, Sir Sandford Fleming Park is a well-maintained park for winter activity. Located along the Purcells Cove Road, Fleming park has route options that will bring you to the Northwest Arm, the Dingle Tower, through forest and along the well-known Frog Pond.
2. The Buff Trail
Found south of Highway 103 near Timberlea, the The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail is a popular hiking trail located on Crown Land. Although multiple trail options and distances are available, this trail is not for the inexperienced.
There are plenty of visual rewards along this route with views of protected forest, waterways and rock faces.
1. MacDonald Sports Park
Found in Waverley along Lake Thomas, MacDonald Sports Park is a multipurpose park with lake frontage, open fields and natural forests. Almost 5km of trails are available to explore with plenty of opportunity to stop and rest at picnic areas. This is a popular park for cross country skiers, so expect to share the trails!