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Your Long Weekend Hiking Itinerary

 

While I don’t consider myself a hardcore adventurer, I can tell you I love hiking, walking and exploring in the great outdoors.

Of course I always appreciate new territory, but the majority of my hiking is experienced at those good ol’ faithful trails that you know won’t disappoint.

These are my 3 favourite hiking trails:


Day 1: 6km – 10km McDonald Sports Park

9:00am – 9:30am – Just 25 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax, drive to the McDonald Sports Park in the Halifax Airport Region.

9:45am – 11:00am – This park partially runs along Lake Thomas, and has dozens of trails intertwined throughout (the longest being 6km!).

11:30am – 12:30pm – For a post-hike snack, stop by Good Day Cafe located in Fall River!

TIP 1: There is a long, narrow boardwalk leading to an island where you can sometimes see a beaver or his dam! Be quiet and respectful on this little island :)

TIP 2: I don’t recommend this hike in the summer, as the mosquitoes are awful! This hike is best enjoyed in spring, fall and winter :)


Day 2: 2km Laurie Provincial Park

9:00am – 9:30am – Just 35 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax, drive to the Laurie Provincial Park in the Halifax Airport Region.

9:45am – 10:30am – This is a easy, casual hike that loops around the campground, offering views of the surrounding water.

11:00am – 12:00pm – For a post-hike snack, stop by the Wellington Bakery.

TIP: There is also a small cliff, perfect for jumping off. I’ve done this many times, and trust me it’s fun!


Day 3: 5km – 30km Trans Canada Trail – Lake Charles Trail

9:00am – 9:30am – Just 20 minutes outside of Downtown Halifax, drive to the Trans Canada Trail – Lake Charles Trail.

9:45am – 11:00am – This is a very easy trail to navigate, as this is made up of one strait trail (with some hills, bends and lake views). This trail actually leads into one of Halifax’s favourite parks, Shubie Park, with 25+ km.

11:30am – 12:30pm – For a post-hike snack, stop by the Mic Mac Bar & Grill in Dartmouth!

TIP: Dogs are allowed! I let mine run off leash and have never had an issue with anyone along the way.

DID YOU KNOW: This trail is part of the world’s longest network of trails? It’s pretty spectacular!



Itinerary provided by Katie C.

Katie is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Discover Halifax, where she is responsible for leading major marketing projects and campaigns and strategic planning. 

Follow Katie on Instagram: @katieeconklin


 

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