While crews are making progress fighting the Seven Mile Lake wildfire, as well as others in the province, province-wide restrictions are still in place for many parks and trails in the province.
As a result of the extreme wildfire risk, camping, hiking, biking and any other travel and activity is restricted in much of the province’s wooded areas.
But what’s open and what’s closed?
In the Halifax Regional Municipality, the following trails are closed:
- Timberlea (BLT) trail
- St. Margaret’s Bay trail
- Sackville Lakes Provincial Park trail
- Shearwater Flyer trail
- Cole Harbour Heritage Park
- Atlantic View trail
- Crowbar Lake trail
- Bluff Wilderness trail
- Salt Marsh trail
- Musquodoboit trailway
- North/South Granite Ridge trails
- Gibraltar Rock
- Admiral Lake
- Bayers Lake loop trails
- Blueberry Run trail
- McNabs Island is also off limits unless visitors are going as part of a commercial tour, which must have a permit
- York Redoubt
Chain of Lakes trail and the Halifax Mainland Linear trail are both open.
Elsewhere in the province
All provincial parks are affected by the restrictions, including Cape Chignecto, which is closed to both backcountry and frontcountry camping. If you have a reservation at the park, you should call to arrange a refund or make other arrangements.
Kejimkujik National Park, while not under provincial jurisdiction, has also implemented restrictions on backcountry camping, however frontcountry camping is still open in the park.
In Cape Breton, the Cape Breton Highlands trails are open, however backcountry camping (excluding Fishing Cove) is banned. Coxheath Hills Wildnerness trail is closed, and all trails within the Celtic Shores Trail System are closed.