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5 Best New Years Day Hikes In Halifax

If Polar Bear Dips Aren’t Your Thing, Take A Hike!

     There’s no better way to start the new year than getting out and breathing in the fresh, crisp New Year’s air.  If you over-indulged in New Year’s Eve celebrations, fear not.  These hikes have just the right exertion-to-enjoyment ratio and are the best all-natural cure for what ails ya.

(Updated – Dec. 2019)

5) Charlie’s Lake Trail

     New Year’s redemption can be found overlooking Charlie’s lake.  A short, but rugged 1km hike from the parking lot at Maskwa Aquatic Club, leads to a spectacular place of rejuvenation.  Re-fill your lungs with certified fresh organic, gluten-free 2019 oxygen atop the steep rocky shoreline.  This amphitheater-like atmosphere would have had great acoustics for your epic Karaoke rendition of Sweet Caroline, but for now, it just amplifies the peace and quiet…and the ringing in your ears.  The only thing that could make this place any better would be if it served all-day breakfast.

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4) Susies Lake

     Post a pic at this scenic look-off and you’re sure to shame everyone who’s still in bed.  Inspire your social media followers with the drive, determination, skill, and effort it must have taken to explore this epic wilderness.  Sure it may be in Bayers Lake Business Park, and your activity tracker says it was only a 40-minute return-trip, but we’ll just leave those parts out.

     Stand at the look-off and enjoy your still-warm Timmies while you sample one of Halifax’s finest Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness views.  Be warned, even though it’s a 20-minute hike to the look-off, it is un-marked and rugged so it’s not to be taken as lightly as your decision to have another drink was last night.

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3) Point Pleasant Park

    Stroll, hike, call it what you will but it’s your best option to be seen doing “just great, thanks!” (as your grimace turns into a smile).  Sure last night was a rough one, but you’re still out getting exercise and seizing the new year! Lots of different trails to choose from, with plenty of benches to allow you to take in the scenery while being scolded by your stomach.

     Give a fist bump, or subtle wink and nod to any fellow party revelers who also opted for nature over nurture for the first day of 2019.  The brisk salty air will cure what ails ya, or at least remind you that you’re in the Maritimes, so lace up those hikers and give ‘er!

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2) Long Lake Provincial Park

     If you want to get away, but just far enough that no one will notice that you look like an extra from “The Walking Dead”,  join the land of the living at Long Lake Provincial Park.  You can continue in zombie mode along the 5km, easy-to-walk, Lakeview Trail, or enter via St. Margaret’s bay road and walk the shoreline to find a place to ponder all of the amazing things you will be accomplishing this year, once you get your voice back.

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1) Herring Cove Provincial Park

     Sure it might be a little chilly and breezy, but we are in Nova Scotia and nothing rings in a fresh new year like some crisp ocean air.   The trail is rugged, but so was last night, so walk it off.  This outing is still easy enough that you don’t have to worry about starring in a survival story when you realize your ambition doesn’t match your current physiological state.

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