The existing trails within the WA and the adjacent lands are generally in poor condition.  This is largely due to heavy use and no maintenance over a long period of time.  Degredation, poor drainage, questionable routing and lack of any trails development plan have all contributed to the current state.  However, the trails continue to be used and enjoyed year round by those with the ability to navigate what can best be described as challenging conditions. NOTE: Provincially designated Wilderness Areas typically do not have any managed trail systems.  Most trails on all sides of the BMBCL are the result of private citizen initiatives or have been in place for many years before the WA was created.

Conceptual Trail Plan


In 2015, a conceptual trail plan was completed by a committee made up of representatives from Halifax North-West Trails, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and the Maskwa Aquatic Club.  For many reasons, that plan, which was conditionally approved by NS Environment, remains on hold and, as of February, 2019 there is no trails group ready to revise the plan and take it to the next level.  The complete plan can be found here.