The Chain Of Lakes Trail is Halifax’s newest paved, converted rail trail. It has become a very popular route for bikers (a bike bell is a must), roller bladers, cross country skiers and all forms of active transportation.
The trail is part of a much larger converted rail trail which leads down to the South Shore and beyond. The Chain of Lakes section of the trail is 7.3km one way. It begins across from Superstore on Joseph Howe Drive and Ends in Lakeside (parking lot near Lakeside Industrail Park) where it continues on as the B.L.T. trail. To bike to the end of the Chain Of Lakes trail and back takes about an hour.
The most unique aspect of the trail is that it’s the longest paved trail in the HRM which makes it ideal for many different types of activities. On a nice day you can expect to see lots of people along the trial doing many different activities.
As the name suggests, the trail follows along 5 different lakes and has some great scenery and stopping points. Also worth a stop near the end of the trail is the Bayers Lake Mystery Walls.
The trail is great as an active transport route or for pure recreation. Since it is linear, you should plan your route ahead of time and figure out how far you’d like to venture. As the trail continues into the B.L.T. trail and the St. Margarets Bay Trail, it turns to crusher dust, so don’t plan on roller blading to St. Margarets Bay just yet. Biking to St. Margarets Bay, however, is ideal. Just make sure you have the energy to get there and back (20km one way), or have someone pick you up.
There are signs posted along the way (including km markers) as well as benches to sit and take a break. Wooden guard rails also line some of steep shoulders (great for keeping the kids safe).
This trail has steadily evolved since its beginning and you can see how great an asset the city’s longest paved active transportation trail is becoming for commuting and recreation.
Recommended Reading: “Biking to Blissville: A Cycling Guide to the Maritimes and the Magdalen Islands”.