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

Just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax Nova Scotia, the St. Margaret’s Bay Area trail is a community run trail built on the original railway line that served the Bay area. Connecting with the BLT Trail in Hubley and the Aspotogan Trail in Hubbards 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.

Interpretive panels along the trail give information about the area’s history, ecology, attractions and points of interest. With multiple entrances and exit points, in whole or in part the trail is perfect for everyone – and kids will love the trail too with our fun activities.

Trail Facts


33 km

Trail end points:

Around civic #4268 St. Margaret’s Bay Road to Hubley.

Connected Communities:

Hubley, Lewis Lake, Upper Tantallon, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Boutlier’s Point, Ingramport, Black Point, Queensland, Hubbards.

Trail surface:

Crushed Stone

Trail category:

Rail-Trail, Multi-Use


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Trail Activities

Walking / Running Walking / Running
Hiking Hiking
Accessible Accessible
Horseback Riding Horseback Riding
Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing Snowshoeing
Cycling Cycling
All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Riding All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Riding
St. Margaret's Bay Are Rails to Trails

Trail News

Trans Canada Trail Grant Announcement
Trail Care Grant
Great news! Our trail just found out that we received a #TrailCare grant from #TransCanadaTrail to clean up our trail! There will be an event put together to coincide with International Trails Day on June 4th. Stay Tuned for more details! #ThankYouTCT#grants#funding#socialgoodTrans Canada TrailColumbia Sportswear
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Barb's Bench
Gender Based Violence Awareness Walk
Please join us Saturday November 27th at 12:30 in a walk to Paula Gallant’s Purple Bench on the St, Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails in support of Gender Based Violence Awareness 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. Every 6 days in Canada, a woman is killed by her partner or…
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Participant's of the Unicorn Theatre’s Purple Hike for Epilepsy
Unicorn’s Purple Hike for Epilepsy is Back
After a yearlong absence, Unicorn Theatre will be holding its Purple Hike for Epilepsy on Sunday October 17 and everyone is invited to join Unicorn members and friends for a 2km or 5 km Hike on the beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay Trail. The theatre is raising funds for its Official Charity: The Epilepsy Association of…
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Trail Map and Facilities

November 12, 2019 5:45 pm

St. Margaret's Bay Rails to Trail

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 31.76 km
  • Time 7 h 57 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 5 m
  • Peak 86 m
  • Climb 340 m
  • Descent 401 m
SMBARAT a Part of the Community

A Part of the Community

The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Trail is maintained and managed by The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trail Association, a community-based volunteer organization dedicated to ensuring the beauty and safety of the Trail for all users to share and enjoy. Maintaining a busy, popular Trail of this size is no easy task. It is only through their continued hard work that the Trail is not only fit for use but will be here for future generations to use and enjoy.

As a volunteer organization we rely on community donations to do seasonal maintenance, clean up, create signage, add benches and more.  We would like to invite you to support our efforts, by becoming a trail member or making a donation; every little bit helps.

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Ingramport Bridge

Our Vision

The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trails Association (SMBARTA) manages and maintains the 32.5km of trail for the benefit of residents and visitors.

Our goal is to provide a safe and scenic route for active transportation and wellness activities.

If you would like to help support us consider becoming a Trail member, a Board Member or making a donation. Your help and support are greatly needed and very much appreciated!

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