Duncans Cove

Duncans Cove near Halifax, NS

This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
6 kms
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Halifax, NS
User Benlalonde
This is one of my favourite hikes within HRM. You will see some barrens and bold ocean frontage and all of it within 15min of downtown.

Starting off in the barren, the trail quickly descends a small hill and passes by a dammed brook. Once you hit the ocean front, just follow the coastline and trail as it go up and down some headlands. There are some large fissures that have opened in the cliffs and some boulders have become wedged inside. I almost wanted to go stand on them but I had the kids with me and probably not the best example to set. If the wave action is strong, the wave enters this fissures and the resulting sight and sounds are impressive. Towards the end of the hike, there are also some old WWII concrete bunkers to explore.

It must be stressed, that the Duncans Cove trail is on a nature reserve. (for more info, see: http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/protectedareas/naturereserves.asp ).
This is not a park. The trails are NOT managed. There are no facilities and no signs.

It is protected under Nova Scotia’s Special Places Protection Act.
This means that the habitats and species here are vulnerable to disturbance and damage.
All fires, camping, hunting, and trapping; motorized and non-motorized vehicle access (that means no ATVs, motorcycles, or mountain bikes) are prohibited.

You should remind hikers to stay on the main trails and follow LEAVE NO TRACE principles.
- Use area at own risk
- Wear sturdy footwear
- Bring water and clothing for changes in weather
- Bring a cell phone, whistle, and first aid kit
- Pack out what you pack in (that means take your trash, including your doggie poop bags)
- Respect private property

The "dirt road" at the beginning of the described trail, is actually a private driveway - please respect private property.


Highway 349 towards Portugese cove. Turn left on Duncans Cove Rd. Park at 44°29'56.07"N , 63°31'40.18"W. Follow dirt road past gate. At the top of the hill look for a sign indicating trail starting to the right.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By GruHikesPosted By: GruHikes  - Mon Jan 02 04:24:38 UTC 2017 Not Rated Comment In my review I erroneously said the "trail is well marked". The trail is actually unmarked, it is just clear as a bell and easy to follow.
By GruHikesPosted By: GruHikes  - Mon Jan 02 04:20:52 UTC 2017 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside War era observation bunkers.

A few breathtaking views of this amazing piece of coastline.

Short and quick with just enough of a difficulty for a good half a day hike.

There is an offensively ugly house that makes an excellent landmark for finding/exiting the trail.
Downside The trail is very heavily used. The approach path is a muddy mess and is getting wider and more boggy every year as people try to dodge the muck. This is one trail that really needs some hardening if people keep using it this much. Once you get to the more solid ground the trail firms up and is fine.

Comment This is a good hike and I've done it several times. Great starter hike as some of the views are incredible, the trail is well marked and worse comes to worse there is almost always another party in view.

Despite the quality, it is not one place I would choose to hike again other than to show it to people who have not done it before and want to go. Has more of a fitness gym vibe than a hiking trail vibe some days. If you like some solitude I recommend an early morning start as it is a short trail that is heavily used.
By jurij1Posted By: jurij1  - Wed Jun 15 20:33:28 UTC 2016 Not Rated Comment A lot of hikers using this trail are then continuing on over private property and over very sensitive terrain which they are damaging. The private property starts at the granite boulder wall. Do not go beyond this wall or you will be trespassing .

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