No more pulling over in sketchy areas not meant for parked cars to get your canoe or kayak into Long Lake Provincial Park. Â Atlantic Developments, Polycorp, the government of Nova Scotia, with consultations from the volunteer group the Long Lake Provincial Park Association Â have teamed up to build proper access off of Northwest Arm Drive, along with a 5km trail system extending from Old Sambro Road to a loop around Witherod Lake. (Have a look at my map for reference).
Those of us who have been clamoring for a safe and easy place to park to get access to the lake will only have to wait until late April for that wish to come true. Â The parking area which is designed for 60 vehicles will be at the end of a short driveway, set back from the road to “maintain the natural esthetics of the area”. Â The look-off park area on Old Sambro Road across from Dentith Road will also have its own new parking spaces.
As for the trails, they more or less augment existing trails and paths. Â There will be 5 kilometers of trails from Old Sambro Road to the Witherod Lake Loop. Â The existing trails will be upgraded to a 4 meter wide gravel pathway with minimal grades making it fully accessible. Â Woodchips alongside the parking lot and trail will help buffer the industrial look. Picnic areas, benches, outhouses, doggie bags, garbage cans and other overdue improvements were also part of the plan.
The project was made possible by a $600,000 investment from both developers. The LLPA volunteer group will be managing the project after it is complete with the assistance of a $40,000 provincial grant.
This is a good example of developers, volunteer organizations and government coming together to improve access and accessibility to our amazing and under-appreciated natural areas. Â It’s no coincidence this area is directly across from the companies newly developed Long Lake Villages, but in this case I think everyone benefits. Â It’s too bad a similar approach wasn’t brokered during the destruction of the Whopper Trail in Bayers Lake.
H.R.M. is undertaking an alignment study of the Northwest Arm Greenway project which proposes connecting Long Lake Provincial park with the Chain Of Lakes Trail via Northwest Arm Drive and St. Margaret’s Bay Road.