Hiking is easily the most popular activity across all of the lands within the Wilderness Area and throughout the buffer properties which provide some of the access to the interior (back country). The trails are not managed or fully signed and as such, can present challenging conditions for a novice hiker. A trail plan was completed in 2017 but not implemented.  See the plan here.


All types of terrain can expect to be encountered including steep, rocky grades which can then transgress to almost flat, pine needle paths in a matter of a few steps.  Wet areas are not uncommon around the lakes and winter travel can be hazardous with icy sections the norm, depending on the vagaries of the season. Throughout the Wilderness Area and much of the surrounding buffer zone, you truly will, hear the quiet.


Popular access points include:

- Bayers Lake Business Area

- Collins Road (via Belle Street & Kearney Lake Road)

- Anahid Drive, (Kingswood Subdivision, via Hammonds Plains Road)


Important for all hikers: 


- NS Environment Guidelines for Wilderness Area Travel

- Leave No Trace Canada


The Friends of Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Society has tried to make the information contained on this page and others as accurate as possible, while pointing out some of the potential hazards on various trails associated with the properties in and around the Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area.


With this notice, Friends disclaims any liability for accident, loss, injury, inconvenience, or any other damage that may be sustained by anyone using the information contained on this website. Trail construction and maintenance is not the undertaking or responsibility of our society. Trail users are solely responsible for using their own judgment in interpreting this information to safely enjoy outdoor pursuits throughout any property within or adjacent to the Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area.



The most notable sources for current trail maps include Halifax Northwest Trails; Halifax Trails.ca; and AllTrails.com.  Although the trails listed on these maps appear to be well defined, you may not find this to be the case once on site. Therefore, caution is recommended when navigating these routes.  A lack of signage, dead-ends, split trails and poorly defined routes all contribute to challenging walks for first-timers. Even the more experienced hikers have been known to experience some turn-arounds. 

Halifax NW Trails:                        Trail Listings

Halifaxtrails.ca:                            Blue Mountain

AllTrails.com:                                Kearney Lake Area

Example from AllTrails.com - Ash Lake Loop