Cyclists rejoice! We’ve highlighted five easy-to-medium bike routes across the Halifax region for your pedaling pleasure.
NOTE: Safety first! Before jumping on your bike, be sure to review Nova Scotia’s road rules for cyclists.
A good route for beginners, cyclists can travel from Casino Nova Scotia to Point Pleasant Park. Part of this route is on the waterfront boardwalk and another portion is on a low traffic road through the Halifax Port Authority.
While in the park you can chose an easy route around the perimeter or up the skill level by choosing a steep interior route. Trails maps are posted inside the park.
TIP: If you’re looking to rent a bike, you can visit I Heart Bikes on the Halifax Waterfront.
2 – Salt Marsh and Shearwater Flyer Trails
This rail-to-trail starts on the Department of National Defense lands in Shearwater and connects to the Salt Marsh Trail at the Cole Harbour Heritage Park on Bissett Road. The trails are 7 km and 6.5 km, respectively, and follow fairly easy crushed gravel paths.
EXTEND YOUR ROUTE: For a slightly longer journey, you can connect to these trails from the Dartmouth and Woodside ferry terminals. You can find great nature and wildlife watching on this route!
Part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Dartmouth Multi-Use Trail is a 7km ride that starts at Sullivan’s Pond and travels along the Shubenacadie Canal, Lake Banook and Lake Micmac.
This is a popular route for runners, walkers, ducks, and geese, so keep an eye out! The route is comprised of both paved and easy-to-ride crushed gravel paths.
TIP: If the weather is warm, there are plenty of places to go swimming along the trail!
EXTEND YOUR ROUTE: This route can be extended by biking from the Alderney Ferry Terminal or by biking around Shubie Park at the end of the route.
This 3km trail is a fun urban waterfront experience that begins at Alderney Landing.
From the Alderney ferry terminal, cyclists can bike around Dartmouth Harbouwalk without having to interact with car traffic. This route travels by King’s Wharf, through the industrial lands, along the rail line, past the Nova Scotia Community College, and ends at the Woodside Ferry Terminal.
EXTEND YOUR ROUTE: If you’re feeling like an adventure, combine this route with the above Shearwater Flyer or Salt Marsh Trails.
My Favourite bike trail within the Halifax region is the Beechville Lakeside Timberlea (BLT) Rail to Trail. The BLT begins in the Lakeside Industrial Park and spans 13km (pack a lunch!). You can access the BLT Trail from the The Chain of Lakes Trail off of Joseph Howe Road in Halifax.
Nature lovers will love the tree-lined paths, small waterfalls, lakes, rivers and wildlife along this route.
TIP: If you require an incentive to finish your ride, plan to stop at the Tantallon-based Train Station Bike and Bean for lunch and a coffee!
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