Polly's Cove Hiking - Nova Scotia | Halifax Trails

Polly’s Cove

Difficulty: Easy to difficult (terrain).

Setting: Coastal barrens, rock outcrops.

Facilities: Minimal parking.

Interpretation/Signage: None.

· One main entry trail, many natural paths.

· Unique perspective of Peggy’s Cove.

· Spectacular coastal views.

· Small parking area.

     Polly’s Cove is situated 2km away from the entrance to world famous Peggy’s Cove, or just after West Dover on the left side of the road if coming from Halifax.  It is easy to miss, since there are no signs, and there is only a dirt parking area big enough for a couple of cars. The only indication of the trail head may be the other cars already parked or pulled over there.

     Most people when they head out to this way only visit Peggy’s Cove, but I would highly recommend also visiting the nearby Swissair disaster memorial, as well as the Polly’s Cove area to get a much better overall feel for the area in its entirety. From Polly’s Cove you have plenty of room to explore, while also getting great expansive coastal views.  You also get a unique perspective on the village of Peggy’s Cove.

     Polly’s Cove is much less well known than Peggy’s Cove, so it’s not crowded with tourists, and has lots of space to quietly enjoy the unique landscape.   It’s a great area to explore by rock scampering, but take care not to disrupt the fragile eco-system found here in the granite coastal barrens. There can be soggy areas, so be sure to wear waterproof hikers preferably with ankle support due to the uneven nature of the granite.

     While the trails are not difficult, they may not be for the inexperienced hiker as they are unmarked, include a number of obstacles, and at times involve climbing, uneven terrain, dangerously slippery rocks and getting your feet wet.   Conditions can often be foggy and windy even compared to nearby areas. 

     Recommended Reading: Little Book Of Sea And Soul”.

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