Long Lake

Difficulty: Moderate to hard (length)

Setting: Woods, lakeside, streams, waterfalls

Facilities: Parking lot.

Interpretation/Signage: None

Trail Summary

· Several worn trail routes and natural paths.

· Over 2000 hectares of land within the park.

· Popular with dog walkers, mountain bikers and hikers.

The beauty of Long Lake Provincial Park lies not only in the nature and sense of being in the wilderness, but also in its location that is a 15 minute drive from downtown Halifax. Nestled quietly behind Exhibition Park, Bayers Lake Industrial Park, and a parking lot off of the Bay Road from the Rotary, Long Lake offers plenty of places to explore.


There are no services, and the trails are not maintained or marked, which is a good thing for adventuresome hikers, as there are plenty of “off-path” opportunities, but be sure to keep track of where you are going, especially in wooded areas not near the shoreline.  Similarly, non-motorized boating here is fantastic, but given the lack of boat launch areas, it’s up to you to plan your route.


Long Lake is a very popular spot for people to walk their dogs so you may come across some mess along the main paths near the parking lot. Once you stray from the main paths you are rewarded with all kinds of great finds, whether its a rock you have never seen before, a nice lakeside view, unique vegetation, or spotting a bird you wouldn't normally see in the city. Recommended reading: “Trees and Shrubs of the Maritimes”.


Long Lake contains what used to be a farm settlement as well as the remains of a road from the 1800s.  The lake’s use as a water supply for the city of Halifax until 1980 is still evident by the dams and waterworks still visible.


It's too bad the province won't spend the money to map and mark some trails, but you could look at this as a good thing if you like to explore on your own. It is fairly difficult to get completely lost, as the park is surrounded by main roads and you can use them and the large lake as your reference points. You can spend as much or as little time as you like in this urban gem.


Recommended Reading: “Hiking Trails Of The Halifax Regional Municipality”.

Long lake has plenty to explore.

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