“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

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...

Trail closed for ATVs

Pleased be advised that we are temporarily closing our Trail to ATVs while the ground is thawing and with this weekend's heavy rain we don't want over $600,000 re-surfacing money and work to go to waste. We ask that anyone with an ATV refrains from using the Trail, we...

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...

Make the most of beautiful weather

The beavers are out by their dam enjoying the snow so why not join them too? This time of year really does bring some beautiful weather and Trail scenery comes alive in the frost and snow. The conditions are perfect for a lot of things but especially for...

Icy conditions on the Trail

We would like to remind all Trail users that during the winter months there is no maintenance on the Trail. Users are reminded that they use the Trail at their own risk regardless of the season.

Winter beauty on the Trail

Winter is definitely here but the Trail is just as beautiful as ever was at this time of year. The crisp air, the sunshine and the frost all make for some stunning views, and we wanted to share a couple with you.  And if you have any photos that you would...

Amazing day for ‘Ride for Cancer’

It was an amazing day for the 'Ride for Cancer' event held on Saturday September 29, 2018, the turn-out was fantastic and the weather could not have been better. The Ride community once again rose to the challenge to help raise funds to find tomorrow's...

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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