Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult (Terrain/Distance).
Setting: Coastal barrens.
Facilities: Minimal parking.
A unique perspective of Peggy’s Cove.
One of the most scenic coastal hiking trails in Halifax.
Large area to explore.
Polly’s Cove is situated 2km away from the entrance to world-famous Peggy’s Cove, or just after West Dover on the left side of the road if coming from Halifax. It is easy to miss, since there are no signs, and there is only a dirt parking area big enough for a couple of cars. The only indication of the trailhead may be the other cars already parked or pulled over there.
Most people when they head out to this way only visit Peggy’s Cove, but I would highly recommend also visiting the nearby Swissair disaster memorial, as well as the Polly’s Cove area to get a much better overall feel for the area in its entirety. From Polly’s Cove, you have plenty of room to explore, while also getting great expansive coastal views. You also get a unique perspective on the village of Peggy’s Cove.
Polly’s Cove is much less well known than Peggy’s Cove, so it’s not crowded with tourists and has lots of space to quietly enjoy the unique landscape. It’s a great area to explore by rock scampering, but take care not to disrupt the fragile eco-system found here in the granite coastal barrens. Portions of the trails can be soggy, narrow and brushy so waterproof hiking boots and gaiters and/or high socks are recommended.
While the trails are not difficult, they may not be for the inexperienced hiker as they are unmarked, and can turn into a bit of a maze. It’s a good idea to periodically stop to plan your route and avoid venturing into rough spots for your sake and that of the delicate ecosystem. Some routes can involve climbing, uneven terrain, dangerously slippery rocks and boggy areas. Conditions can often be foggy and windy even compared to nearby areas. As with most coastal areas, the temperature can fall rapidly so packing an extra layer is always wise.
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