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Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult (Terrain/Navigation).
Setting: Dense urban forest, high cliff #look-offs.
Signage: Minimal at trailheads.
29ha urban wilderness park.
2km, 1hr return trip along unmarked trails.
Great views of the Bedford Basin.
One of Halifax’s least known parks is a wilderness gem hidden in plain sight. With expansive views of the Bedford Basin atop steep cliffs, marked with huge “monolithic” boulders, this park has some of the most amazing look-offs in the city.
As with many of Halifax’s best nature destinations, parking & access is very poor, the only signage is at the trailheads and the trails are not marked other than periodic orange flagging. The main loop is a short 2km hike, but involves lots of rugged terrain, ascending and descending hills, occasional deadfall, and spots where extreme caution is required due to big drop-offs.
The loop has 2 main #look-off spots. The “Eagle’s Nest” near the entrance on Snowy Owl Drive is an amazing view perched atop a rocky cliff. A large boulder with decades worth of graffiti marks the look-off where you see the Bedford Basin Yacht Club directly across.
Continuing on you will reach another equally astounding look-off marked with another even larger boulder. This look-off has an expansive view of the entire basin with Halifax/Dartmouth and the harbour bridges in the distance These cliffs have rock climbing anchors used by rock climbing enthusiasts and for search and rescue training. This section of the trail requires extreme caution as it narrows and follows along the steep cliff.
The trail then winds back around through high brush and forest. Throughout you may encounter downed trees and various other paths that I’ve yet to explore. There are trails that lead down to the shoreline that I will explore and add as I do them.