View of Schooner Cove from the trail!
View of Schooner Cove from the trail!

Our Vision

The Saint Margaret's Bay Area Rails to Trails Association (SMBARTA) manages and maintains the 32.5 kilometres of trail that run from Hubley to Hubbards for the benefit of residents and visitors.  Our goal is to provide a safe and scenic route for active transportation and wellness activities.  Our rules are designed to ensure an enjoyable experience for all users.  On our Trail, courtesy counts!

Our Story

St. Margaret’s Bay has a fascinating History. Settlement of “The Bay” started in the 18th century, and descendants of the original settlers continue to live there today. Families in the Bay have names like Boutilier, Mason, Marriott, Dorey, Christie, and Langille, which date back to those times.

The trail follows the route of the original railway line that served the Bay’s communities, as well as it’s waterfront hotels that served as resorts for Haligonians in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Lumbering and sawmills were common, of which there is still visible evidence today. Ingramport Bay was a major base for tall ships that carried timber to distant countries.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, this 33 Kilometer multi-use trail winds its way from near the Hubley exit on Hwy 103 (exit 4) to Hubbards (exit 6).

Our trail is part of the 110km Rum Runner’s Trail, which stretches from Halifax to Lunenburg.

Trail Highlights

  • Panoramic elevated views of the spectacular St. Margaret's Bay, the most scenic in Nova Scotia
  • Local attractions and points of interest such as Lewis Lake Provincial Park, Indian River, Bay Lookout Park and Ingram River
  • Interpretive panels about the area's rich history and ecology
  • Great beaches, including the ever popular Queensland Beach

The St. Margaret's Bay Trail is also a magical winter wonderland - very accessible, nicely packed and perfect for walking, cross-country skiing, or pulling sled.

Meet the Team

Our trail is run by volunteers who work hard to maintain and manage the trail.

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Anne Patrick

Chair

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Rick Muzyk

Vice-Chair

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Susan Jakeman

Secretary

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Xiao Rong Lu

Treasurer