Salt Marsh Trail

Trail Summary

     Dartmouth’s Salt Marsh Trail is perhaps the most popular trail in the region.  It is a very well maintained multi-use, former railway that has been transformed into a recreational asset.


     The trail system proposes to connect to the Trans Canada Trail, towards Lawrencetown in one direction, and Shearwater (named “The Shearwater Flyer”) in the other direction. 


     The Salt Marsh Trail also has some foot path trails that branch off from the entrance area, meant for walking only. The main trail is linear (not a loop) and is well used for walking, biking, cross country skiing, fishing and kayaking. 


     The trail is part of a Provincial Park (The Cole Harbour– Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park system) and is extremely well marked and maintained.  It is also monitored and secured by a very friendly and helpful volunteer trail patrol. 


     The area is a great place to view water fowl, fish, and local shell fishing operations. There are benches along the way to sit and enjoy the view.  Other amenities include trail distance markers, signs regarding the nature and history of the area, well constructed bridges and a basic bathroom facility.


   All in all, this is a great spot for any activity. The fact that it’s safe, well maintained and well travelled means it is a great spot for the entire family.


     Recommended Reading: Formac Field Guide to Nova Scotia Birds”.

A unique landscape and trail.

Difficulty: Easy—Moderate (Length).

Setting: Salt Marsh, coastal, former railway.

Facilities: Parking, Toilets, Benches, Dog Bags, Garbage Cans.

Interpretation/Signage: Excellent.

· Very well marked, maintained and patrolled.

· Great for bird watching.

· Can be very cool and windy in sections.

· Trail follows an old railway bed across the water.

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