“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

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! 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...

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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