Upper Tantallon

Stock up on your hiking supplies at the Upper Tantallon Crossroads before you head out to the trails. Then, enjoy some of the most spectacular hiking scenery the Bluenose Coast has to offer when you stroll along the St. Margaret’s Bay Trail or hike the Bluff Wilderness Trail. This area also offers a spectacular opportunity to sample Nova Scotian culture: learn how maple syrup is produced and take home some of this delicious Canadian treat, see how rope and hammocks are made and maybe purchase one for your backyard, explore the Old Fraser Homestead and learn about legend of Peggy of the Cove.

Hidden Gem:

Experience The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness and lakes from a series of four loops totaling 30km. The third loop takes hikers over the Bluff plateau, which is one of the highest points near Halifax. Experience the rooted forest floor and granite outcrops, kayak or canoe in the lakes.

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Things to Do:

Enjoy a Canadian Specialty:

Learn how maple syrup is produced at Acadian Maple Products and shop for maple and blueberry specialties. Located in Upper Tantallon.

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Swing in a Hammock:

Learn how rope and hand-woven hammocks are made at the Bay Hammock Company Economusee, and take home a bit of relaxation.

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Tour the Bay at Shining Waters Marine:

Dip your kayak paddles in the gentle surf or take a relaxing boat tour.

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Learn Peggy’s Story:

Hear a unique version of the legend of “Peggy of the Cove” through song, books, and dolls.

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Visit the Pioneer Cemetery:

Located in French Village, this is the final resting place of many protestant families who settled in St. Margaret’s Bay during the 1780s.

Enjoy Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park:

This wooded, lakefront park offers sheltered picnic facilities, toilets, walking trails, boat launch, and wharves for fishing. The lake is stocked several times a season with brook and rainbow trout. The park facilities, including fishing piers are wheelchair accessible.

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Discover One of Nova Scotia’s Most Scenic Trails:

The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails-to-Trails system offers a 33 kilometre (20.5 mile) multi-use trail from Hubley to Hubbards. Grab a rental bike and snacks at the Train Station Bike and Bean.

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Fish for Mackerel and launch your boat at Bay Lookout Park in Boutilier’s Point.

Championship Course at Glen Arbour:

Graham Cooke designed course. Located near Upper Tantallon.

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Photo Opportunity:

The fantastic view from the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail in Upper Tantallon.

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