Halifax’s historic waterfront makes it the perfect location for a long walk with your dog. Although this maritime city is known for its port and thriving business centre, it can also be a perfect place to relax and unwind with your four legged friend. Nestled on the south east side of Canada, Halifax offers a lovely blend of culture, nature and vibrancy.
You might be surprised to discover that this buzzing metropolis has a quieter side, and is spoilt with some glorious trails and hiking paths that are great for a weekend workout. If you’d like to see a natural and chilled out side to Halifax, take a look at our top picks of hikes that can be enjoyed with your dog.
Located 20 minutes from downtown Halifax
This park is full of history, as it was originally built as a country estate in 1780. It’s perfectly located between residential areas and urban streets, however the hemlock trees soon swallow you up making it very easy to forget that you’re in the city. It’s located just 20 minutes away from downtown, and is also on a bus route for those who prefer not to drive. There’s also a car park too, so you can travel via car if that suits you and your dog.
It’s a good length, at 4km and includes stunning looped trails. You’ll soon become your dog’s favourite person when they find out there’s an off-leash area for those dogs who like to get off the leash and run around. Plus, the hemlock trees that you’ll discover here are more than 300 years old and over 80 feet tall, making it a gorgeous route to explore in Halifax.
Located 40 minutes south west of Halifax
Not only does Polly’s Cove have a very sweet name, it’s full of incredible views of Peggy’s Cove too. This route is for those who are building up their fitness, or who have just started hiking with their dog as it has multiple routes that are different lengths. There’s a 2km path and a 4km trail, so you can do as much as you feel comfortable with on the day.
It’s known for its stunning view of the Cove, without the crowds of people who opt for the more touristy routes. The nature that can be found on this hike is also pretty unique – there are lots of wildflowers and cliff shrubs. You’ll find this path on the south west coast of Halifax, overlooking the ocean and the lighthouse – blissful!
Located south east of Halifax
Duncan’s Cove is known as one of the most scenic and beautiful coastal routes in Halifax. Located on the south east coast just below Halifax’s centre, it’s an easy hike to find and is only a stone’s throw from the city.
Your dog will love this long hike, and it boasts stunning views that overlook the impressive coastal rock formations. It’s definitely one for the more active dog breeds out there, as it’s 8km long and takes about 3-4 hours to complete. If you decide it is best to conquer this hike without your dog, you can find great doggy daycare options in Halifax.
If you need to know how long/ often to take your dog walking, take a look at our post on how often to walk your dog to get a feel for whether this long route would be right for you.
Located 15 minutes west of Halifax
Renowned for being a rugged and rather long trail, this diverse hike will be ideal for those who want a proper workout with their dog. The views of the wildlife and lakes make the inclines along the way worth it, and it’s located pretty close to the city of Halifax on the west side which is convenient.
The duration is 9km, however there are 4 different routes to choose from. Each has an ecologically diverse landscape and offers a relaxing break from the city. With granite barrens and red maple, spruce and oak-filled forests, you’ll be totally spoiled by the scenery on this trail.
Located west of Halifax, near Kearney Lake
If you’re looking for a hike that’s just minutes away from the city, then this is the one for you. It’s a few minutes from downtown, making it a perfect summer location that offers some luscious nature amongst the urban landscape.
It’s a good workout too, at 5km long, and will offer entertainment for those with families due to the array of summer activities that go on around Kearney Lake. The lake is surrounded by old logging roads and rugged forest paths that are ideal for exploring with your dog.
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