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Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult (Terrain).
Setting: Urban forest.
Signage: “Nova Scotia Special Places Act” signs.
Protected by Nova Scotia Special Places Act.
Unsuspecting location, hidden in plain sight.
Rugged, narrow and overgrown in many parts.
Near the Chain Of Lakes trail system.
The mystery walls of Bayers Lake, are just that; a mystery. Educated guesses say they were likely built during the early settlement of Halifax, in the late 1700`s or early 1800s. The most likely theories are that they were either used as a defensive structure for the back end of Halifax, a military supply depot, or as a training ground for the siege of Fortress Louisbourg.
It is easy to see why this area was chosen for such works, as it is a good high viewpoint of the surrounding region. You’ll first see the foundation of an oddly shaped 5 sided structure. Further down you come to the roughly 3 foot high walls which stretch for about 200m. Higher up you’ll see some natural stone high points and large boulders. A stone staircase is built at the foot of one such area.
All you need to do is stand on one of the large rocks to take in the view and you’ll see why it is an important location. Then you’ll be confronted with more questions; who, what, when and why? Oddly, there are no records of this large emplacement in any historical records.
Everyone loves a good mystery, and this is no exception. The location couldn’t be more inconspicuous. Most people in Halifax have driven by it and been oblivious to its existence. It was only discovered in the 1980s when development in the area took place.
It has never been marketed to urban explorers, and possibly for good reason. It is protected by the Nova Scotia Special Places Act. Recent disgraceful vandalism is a reason as to why this area is kept relatively unknown. Walking on the walls, or disturbing them in any way is strictly prohibited! The area is now being monitored with various trail cameras.
Listen: The Night Time Podcast in-depth discussion of the mystery walls.
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