Halifax Trails

HRM Trail Guide

Long Lake

Difficulty: Moderate to hard (length)

Setting: Woods, lakeside, streams, waterfalls

Facilities: Parking, some hard packed paths  

Interpretation/Signage: None

Trail Summary

· Several worn in trails, many more natural paths.

· Over 2000 hectares of land within the park

· Popular among 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. It can be easy to go in circles, and you'll want to avoid this, as it is a large area, and you should explore as much of it as possible.


Long Lake is a very popular spot for people to walk their dogs and as such you may come across some mess along the main paths. 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 vegitation, or spotting a bird you wouldn't normally see in the city. Long Lake contains what used to be a farm settlement as well as the remains of a road from the 1800s.


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.

Long lake has plenty to explore.

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