“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 only 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Trail is a 33km multi-use recreational trail with some of the most stunning elevated panoramic views of the St. Margaret’s Bay Area.

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?

Interpretive panels along the trail give information about the area’s history, ecology and 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.

Come and see it for yourself. In whole or in part, this truly stunning trail is waiting for you!

A must see!

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 help bring the trail to life no matter what the season or weather holds.

With the recent Trail resurfacing work the trail has never been better, so why not come and see it for yourself today and find out just how much nature has to offer.

Recent News

Trail Re-Opened

The Trail section near the NSPower dam between Upper Tantallon and Head of St. Margaret's Bay is open again. Construction crews will be working on the access road running along the lake to convert it into our Trail. We’ll let you know when that is completed.
Vandalized Trail Signs

Vandalism and Dorian: Our Trail is Suffering!

In August, St. Margaret’s Bay Trail users were treated to a few weeks of perfection—the trail was smooth as silk as the many ravages of the winter storms had been repaired and the trail edges nicely cleared.Then came Labor Day weekend and the intense vandalism...
Ride for Cancer 2019

2019 Ride for Cancer an Overwhelming Success!

Spectacular weather, great riding conditions and a lot of excitement greeted the participants of the 2019 Ride for Cancer. Over 800 Riders, 210 volunteers, sponsors, and supporters came together and raised over $861,548 net for cancer care here at home, in Atlantic...
Ride For Cancer

Ride for Cancer

STOPPING CANCER IN ITS TRACKS. Ride for Cancer powered by BMO Bank of Montreal is Atlantic Canada’s largest cycling fundraising event that raises significant funds to advance cancer care in our region. Visit yourrideforcancer.ca for more information and...
Trailblazers for Cancer 2019 Start

Trailblazers for Cancer 2019 Fundraiser a Huge Success

One June Saturday 22nd, the Trailblazers for Cancer 2019 fundraiser was held on the St. Margaret's Bay Rails to Trails Trail. The event was a huge success and enjoyed by runners and riders of all ages and abilities. This years event consisted of 5, 10 and 25km rides...

New Trail Signage and Bike Rack

We are pleased to announce that we have just installed new Signage and bike racks in a few places along our trail! The new bike racks are located at Station Rd in Hubbards, just a short walk to Hubbards Cove Coffee! The new way-finding signs are located at the...

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!...

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...

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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