“One of the most scenic trails in Nova Scotia.”

Welcome to the
St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails

Part of the South Shore’s 109-km Rum Runners’ Trail

Stunning panoramic views

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Trail is a 33km multi-use (walking, cycling, ATVing, horse-back riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing) recreational Trail with some of the most stunning elevated panoramic views of the St. Margaret’s Bay Area.

It’s one of the most scenic Trails you will find in Nova Scotia. The changing of the seasons brings new and exciting things to see. From the early morning mist rising over the Bay to the glow of the setting sun, this Trail is truly a nature and photography lovers dream.

A Trail for everyone

If you are a hiker, walker, jogger, cyclist, horse-back rider, cross-country skier, ATVer, or simply someone who loves nothing more than getting outside in the beauty of nature.

Stunning views that will take your breath away

So what are you waiting for?

Along the entire Trail you will find interpretive panels giving information about the area’s history and ecology, as well as details on local attractions and points of interest, such as Jerry Lawrence Park, Indian River, Bay Lookout Park, Cleveland Beach Provincial Park, and the Ingram River – but don’t just take our word for it, come and see it for yourself. In whole or in part, this truly stunning Trail is waiting for you!

A must see!

This Trail is simply a must visit. With its freshwater and saltwater marshes and freshwater lakes, not to mention the myriad of flora and fauna, there is always something to discover and explore.

For the kids our Word-searches, Scavenger Hunts and colouring sheets really do help to bring the Trail to life no matter what the season or weather holds. And with the recent Trail resurfacing work it has never been so good so why not come and see it for yourself today and find out just how much nature has to offer.

Our recent news posts

Work has commenced on the Esso trail

Work has commenced on the Esso trail. All brush and trees were cut down and the Esso section of trail will have machinery on it to make trail smoother etc. The trail head from Esso onto the Rails to Trails work will commence Monday. This work will involve new turning...

Bike Week Kickoff

The weather gods were with us as SMBARTA kicked off Bike Week with two fun rides. There was lots of evidence of busy beavers at the Park and Beaver Dam ride and participants were able to use their gift certificates at the end of their ride for a well-earned treat! The...

Trail Caution in Ingramport

Please be careful on the trail in the Ingramport area. A tree has fallen across the trail and has the potential to cause injury. We are working on sending out a work crew to cut the tree out of the way and will let everyone know when it is cleared. This is a great...

Bike Week Rides – Saturday June 1st

We are also hosting two fun rides on Saturday June 1 to celebrate Bike Week 2019. Beaver Dam and Park Ride A great ride for families and novice riders.Saturday, June 1st 10 am-2 pm (rain day June 2). Start from Jerry Lawrence Park parking lot on Highway 3 and proceed...

Trail re-open for ATV use

The Trail is now open again for ATV use! At this time we would like to thank everyone for your kind patience and understanding, it is very much appreciated.

Staying safe on a field trip

Staying safe at any age and at any point in our lives is always important. This is especially true when it comes to children. A  group of very special children at an after-school education program were looking at this with their teacher, here is a really lovely letter...

March issue of NS Trails Newsletter

We wanted to share with everyone the latest March 2019 issue of NS Trails Newsletter, packed full of information on all upcoming events such as the International Trail Day, deadline for Trail awards, Hiking Summit details and news on the latest...

Painted pebbles on the Trail

It feels like Spring is well on it's way and it looks like it is too, someone has been busy painting and leaving some pretty pebbles along our Trail. What better way to come and enjoy the lovely weather by exploring the Trail and seeing if you too can find...

The Great Cycle Challenge 2019

Do something amazing this June and help ride to fight kids' cancer by being part of the Great Cycle Challenge 2019. And what better place to do it than along our beautiful Trail? So what are you waiting for, get on your bike, get out in the...

Be part of something special

How would you like to be part of something special by volunteering to join the Board of Directors of the St. Margaret's Bay Area Rails to Trails Association? Your help and commitment means that as a group we will be able to continue to run and maintain our...

Making the most of the Trail

What to see

From wildlife and flowers to trees and oceans, the true beauty of this Trail has to be seen to be enjoyed! Take a walk or a ride and you won’t be disappointed.

Trail users

Whether you like walking or riding, with multiple entrances and exit points, the Trail is perfect for everyone – and don’t forget kids will love the trail too with our ‘Fun’ activities.

Trail location

Winding its way from near Hubley (Exit 4 on Hwy 103) to Hubbards (Exit 6) the Trail is built on the original railway line that used to serve the Bay community.

Linking the Trails

Part of the bigger South Shore 109km Rum Runners’ Destination Trail, this Trail connects with the BLT Trail in Hubley and the Aspotogan Trail in Hubbards.

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