Explore Our Trails
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
Explore the best of Canada’s seacoast as you journey along the trail where awe-inspiring natural beauty is matched by the vibrant celtic culture of our region. Meander along the coast, a first-class trail experiences for bikers, hikers, runners, quadders, skiers, snowmobilers and horse-back riders. Along the way you will find a host of charming communities, active fishing harbours, warm-water beaches. Highlights include the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique, Glenora Distillery in Glenville, Cabot Cape Breton Resort and Golf Courses in Inverness, and the not-to-be-missed Red Shoe Pub in Mabou. All of this is complemented with a host of accommodations, restaurants, places to shop and some of the best live Celtic music – hands down.
Harvest Moon Trailway
The 110 km Harvest Moon Trailway traverses the Annapolis Valley through beautiful towns along the former DAR rail line connecting the UNESCO world Heritage Sites of Grand Pré and the National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal. The Harvest Moon Trailway is a result of a partnership of ten community and municipal trail groups coming together, working toward a common goal of increasing trail activity and promoting active living. With ease of grade and a safe route, the Harvest Moon Trailway showcases communities along the trail corridor by providing access to community green spaces, farm markets, restaurants, accommodations, attractions, vineyards, orchards and tides.
Rum Runners Trail
A spirited adventure awaits! From bustling Halifax to charming coastal communities, the Rum Runners Trail is an easy ride for a weekend or a week, whether you’re exploring a trail section or experiencing the entire 119km by bike. It features seaside adventures in Hubbards, Chester, Oak Island and Mahone Bay. Adjacent to the trail’s woods and lakes, you’ll find award-winning restaurants, accommodations from seaside camping to historic bed & breakfasts to inns and hotels, and many attractions and experiences for your amazing adventure by bike.
For the past two decades a collaborative effort of Rails to Trails conversions involving dozens of municipalities and community based volunteer trail organizations have been working tirelessly to develop a network of trails that showcase the best Nova Scotia has to offer by way of history, culture, scenery, hospitality, music, food and beverage. A number of years ago, the trail community realized that several of these trail networks had far too much not to share with tourist and visitors and the Destination Trails Concept was born. Nova Scotia’s Destination Trails are part of The Great Trail and the Nova Scotia Blue Route cycling network. The 40 sections of individual trail that make up the 3 Destination Trails retain their management autonomy but strive to create the utmost in user experience for an unforgettable journey, the trails offer ease of cycling and are suitable to all ages and abilities.
Destination Trails Nova Scotia wishes to acknowledge the hard work of the hundreds of volunteers and municipal folks who manage the trails on a daily basis. For more information about trails in Nova Scotia visit the Nova Scotia Trails Federation.
We’d also like to say a special thanks to Bicycle Nova Scotia who has been a valued partner of the destination trails for many years, and through their hard work and coordination much of this site’s content has been produced. Visit their site to learn more about all that Nova Scotia has to offer as a cycling destination.