Colpitt Lake, a key part of the Purcell’s Cove Backlands and part of the McIntosh Run watershed.  The Lake covers around 36 hectares, with a main trail leading around the lake, and many other side trails leading to Williams Lake, Flat Lake and elsewhere into the Backlands.

  As with many trails around here, there is no designated entry point or parking area, but the most common entry is at the end of Drysdale Road.  It’s a dead end with room for only a couple of cars, and leads down a fairly steep slope full of loose boulders.  Despite the sketchy entry points, the trails themselves are fantastic.  Colpitt Lake has some of the best nature trails in the Halifax Regional Municipality and will quickly make you feel miles away from civilization.  

  The area is a hotbed for all kinds of different flora and fauna, and interesting geology with a history of quarries.  The wetlands and granite barrens offer a totally unique landscape that’s hard to believe is minutes from downtown (you can even get great views of the harbour from various high points in the area.  It’s a nature lovers paradise, whether you’re bird watching, identifying the burn resistant trees and plants or even lucky enough to see a Moose which have been spotted in the area.  

   There are many great spots to take in your amazing surroundings, particularly the area where a feeder stream meets , which is well used by local youth (complete with graffiti and trash).  

  The trails are not marked or mapped so make sure you know where you’re going and have some kind of navigation aid if you’re not sure.  The lake is a good reference point to keep you on track most of the time but once you head away from the lake there are different paths which can lead you in lots of different directions.

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult (Navigation, Terrain, Distance).

Setting: Lake, Forest, Streams, Granite Barrens.

Facilities: None.

Interpretation/Signage: None.


· Ecologically unique area.

· Lots of scenic spots throughout.

· Un-marked trails & entry points.

· Connects to Williams Lake & The Backlands

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