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Trail Access and Safety during COVID-19

The trail is open to all users.Please respect social distancing rules and pull over to the side of the trail to allow traffic heading in the other direction to pass safely. For more information see: • Trail safety Information   or visit our news section or our Facebook page.

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

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, our community run trail is for everyone.

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

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

Just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, the St. Margaret’s Bay Area trail is 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.

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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
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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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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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