McDonald Sports Park

Tell Someone Your Plans & Pack Survival Essentials.

Got a Garmin? Join The Monthly Challenge Group!

Updated Virtual Tour: Shaw Wilderness Park.

Car Break-Ins! (Long Lake & Maskwa) Hide Items, Report Incidents.

Now On TikTok! Follow Me.

Shop Amazon & Support Local: Bookmark My Affiliate Link.

For Home, Car & Backpack: Tick Removers.

Updated Virtual Tour: Kejimkujik National Park.

Sustainable Development Goals Act: Public Consultation.

Maps & Site Navigation: How-To Guide.

Downloadable Adventures: GPS Map Files.

HRM Mountain Bike Strategy Survey.

Supervised Beaches & Water Testing Status.

Parks & Protected Areas Public Consultation.

Halifax Ocean Project: Coastal Activity Survey

Got Something To Say? Submit A Guest Post.

Don’t Let Bugs Ruin Your Vibe! Equip Yourself.

Avoid Lyme Disease: Tick Avoidance Guide.

Lead Or Join A Group, Visit: NS Walks

Halifax Rural Recreation Survey.

Updated Guide: Atlantic View Trail.

Thanks To All Supporters!

Updated Virtual Tour: Kearney Lake Trails.

End 💩 Bag Litter! Pack An Empty PB Jar or Poop Bag Holder.

Thanks To Lois Larson For Continued Support!

Updated Guide: Bayers Lake Mystery Walls.

Popular Guides: Trending.

Thank You! Recent Supporter George Cernan.

No Open Fires! Use a Stove or Fire Dish, Leave No Trace & BURN SAFE.

Updated Virtual Tour: McIntosh Run Community Trail.

McDonald MacDonald Sports Park Waverly Halifax Nova ScotiaMcDonald Sports Park 360° View

📱 Park Map

McDonald Sports Park Photos

How-To Guide.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (Length, hills).

Setting: Lakeside, wooded trails.

Facilities: Picnic Areas, Portable Toilets, Parking.

Signage: Very Good.

  • Well marked & maintained, with over 6km of trails.
  • Host to plenty of activities including hiking, biking & groomed cross-country skiing.
  • #Family-friendly and great for #picnics.

McDonald Sports Park – Something For Everyone   

     McDonald sports park in Waverly is nestled along the shore of Lake Thomas. Along with the nearby Cheema Aquatic Club, the area is great for lots of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, paddling, beach volleyball, baseball, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The diversity of outdoor activities packed into this park has something to offer to everyone.

[the_ad id=”10140″]

     The main trail is a 6km loop with numerous cut-throughs, shortcuts and side paths to allow you to choose routes. The trails have picnic tables along the way, including a large covered picnic area overlooking the lake.  It is well marked and maintained throughout.  It is hilly in sections, including one that is recommended to walk your bike down.   The trails are popular with joggers, walkers, and bikers in summer.  In winter, the park is one of the best destinations in the city for cross-country skiing, as the trails are groomed courtesy of the Halifax Nordic Ski Club.

Outdoor Diversity

McDonald Sports Park Waverly Fall River Halifax Nova Scotia Photos     Next to the large main parking area is a beach volleyball court, horseshoe pit, picnic area, baseball field, and a mountain bike skills course.  It truly is a sports park.  The mountain bike skills course and adjacent single track are great fun and a unique feature that isn’t found in other parks.

     You’ll see lots of different plants and animals along this trail that you don’t normally see elsewhere as it has become a refuge for wildlife. A good portion of the 130 acres is #old-growth forest.  The various picnic tables along the way provide great places to stop and enjoy some solitude, or a place to investigate geocaches.

     Another important aspect of the park is paddling, with a canoe/kayak launch site and the Aquatic club on the grounds. The usually calm Lake Thomas is a great place to paddle and the small islands on the lake even have campsites and fire pits.

    The area is used by local groups such as Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, baseball leagues, cross-country skiing, biking and running clubs.

    The front gate leading into the main parking lot is closed in the offseason (Oct-May) so keep in mind you have to park 500m farther away until the main parking area is opened for the season.

McDonald Sports Park Habitat:

Lady SlipperDowny Woodpecker | Osprey | More…


More Like McDonald Sports Park:

#Biking  #Dog-Friendly  #Mountain-Biking  #Park  #Picnic  #Skiing  #Snowshoeing

Follow Me