On March 22, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Measures are being taken to help curb the spread of the virus, including use of parks and trails. Certain trails remain open for exercise. Provincial parks and beaches are closed. Trails within the provincial park system are closed. Please click here for the latest release from the NS Department of Lands and Forestry regarding trail use.
Important things to remember during this time:
- Only use trails for exercise, not socializing. Groups shouldn’t exceed 5 people.
- Only use trails that are open and in your own neighbourhood. If you have to drive to get to a trail, please don’t go there.
- If you are on a trail in your community, please remember to keep each other safe and healthy by maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet).
- We are noticing that many trails are busy only at certain times of day. To protect yourself and others, if a trail seems too crowded to practice social distancing, please choose another time of day to exercise.
For more information and updates on COVID-19, please visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.
Additional closures that have been reported to NS Trails by our member trail groups:
Atlantic View Trail Association:
- Atlantic View Trail CLOSED from West Lawrencetown Road through to Rocky Run bridge nearest the Causeway Road. The remaining approx. 4 km of trail is open east of the Causeway Road.
Baille Ard Trail Recreation Association:
- Baille Ard Trails CLOSED temporarily due to snow
Bell Park Development Committee:
- Bell Park Trails CLOSED
Biosphere Northeast Trails Association:
- Humes River Wilderness Trail CLOSED
Cole Harbour Parks and Trails:
- Salt Marsh Trail CLOSED
- Shearwater Flyer Trail OPEN. However users cannot use the parking lots for vehicles, they must walk to the trail and/or use the #60 Halifax Transit bus
- Heritage Trail CLOSED
- Bissett Trail CLOSED
- Forest Hills Trail CLOSED
- Cole Harbour Heritage Park (including inside trails) CLOSED
Coxheath Hills Wilderness Recreation Association:
- Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail CLOSED temporarily due to snow
East Bay Area Community Council:
- East Bay Hills Trail CLOSED
Eastern Tip Trails Association:
- Eastern Tip Trail CLOSED
Friends of First Lake Society:
- First Lake Trails CLOSED
Friends of McNabs Society:
- McNabs Island CLOSED
Guysborough County Trails Association:
- Guysborough County Nature Trail CLOSED
Harvest Moon Trail: PARTIALLY CLOSED
Harvest Moon Trailway is closed in Kentville and Annapolis Royal.
Little Dover Community Development Association:
- Black Duck Cove Park CLOSED
Long Lake Provincial Park Association:
- Long Lake Provincial Park CLOSED
McIntosh Run Watershed Association:
- McIntosh Run Community Trail (AT green way between Learning Lane and Roach’s Pond) Open for those who do not drive to the trail
- McIntosh Run Singletrack Trails CLOSED
Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre:
- The Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail CLOSED
Positive Action For Keppoch Society:
- Keppoch Mountain CLOSED
Tatamagouche Area Trails Association:
- Short Line Trail PARTLY OPEN – Short Line Trail (the rail-bed trail from Pictou to Oxford) is open, but trail head parking areas are not to be used and the warming hut and toilet at the Sutherland Steam Mill museum have been locked. Trail users are not to leave the trail within Nelson Park as this park is closed.
Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre:
- Water Access Points CLOSED