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From Dartmouth follow Highway 107 and then Highway 7 to Musquodobit Harbour. Turn left off Highway 7 just beyond the Musquodoboit Harbour Railroad Museum and Tourist Bureau onto Highway 357. Continue along the 357 to Park Road.  Turn right and proceed to the Trailhead on your left.


The Rail Trail, as the name suggests, is an abandoned rail corridor  where the famed "Blueberry Express" used to run.  The train was so named because the story goes that it ran so slowly that one could jump off, pick some blueberries and then hop back on!!  Today it is a 15 km recreational trail between the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum and Gibraltar rock.

The rail trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail

For those of you that are little more energetic and love the "back-country" then the Trailway offers it all with five wilderness trails, including 3 loop trails and 2 point to point trails. Each of these is described below.  The detailed trailway maps are viewable here and can be downloaded in PDF format.  In season, brochures with detailed maps are available at the trailheads and various locations throughout Musquodoboit Harbour.

Trails can be seen here, listed from south to north:


Camping and fires are NOT permitted on the Rail Trail or the Wilderness Trails. 

Please stay on the trails to minimize your impact. 

During hunting season, wearing orange is recommended when in wilderness areas.

Please carry out everything you bring in. This includes cigarette butts, dog poop, tissues, gum wrappers. There are no trash receptacles on the trail or in the parking lots, so plan ahead and take it home with you.


Volunteer-maintained pit toilets can be found at the following km markers on the main Trailway. Toilets are not maintained during the winter, so bring your own paper. There are no toilets on the wilderness trails.

  • 2.6 km

  • 7.3 km

  • 12.3 km

Reporting Issues & Volunteering

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The Musquodoboit Trailway

The Musquodoboit Trailway begins at the Caboose Information Centre at the Musquodoboit Railway Museum, crosses highway 357, passes the arena and ball fields and links up with the official trailhead by the parking lot on Park Road.  The 130 foot trestle bridge offers a scenic view of the Musquodoboit River and its broad flood plains...

The Admiral Lake Loop Trail

The Admiral Lake Loop Trail originates at 1.7 km along the Musquodoboit Trailway as measured from Park Road.  The trail climbs into an open area of blueberry bushes and low saplings, reminders of the 1973 forest fires that swept through this area...

The Bayer Lake Loop Trail

The Bayer Lake Loop Trail originates on the Admiral Lake Trail.  From Park Road, proceed 1.7 km along the Musquodoboit Trailway to the Admiral Lake Loop trailhead; then follow this trail for approximately 170 m to the Bayer Lake Loop trailhead...

The South Granite Ridge Trail

Take the Musquodoboit Trailway for 2.6 km from Park Road to the north end of the Admiral Lake Loop trail.  Follow the approach to the Admiral Lake Junction bearing left onto the wilderness trail...

The North Granite Ridge Trail

Take the Musquodoboit Trailway from the Gibraltar Parking Lot on Highway 357 to the south end of the Gibraltar Rock Loop trail (1.1 km).  Follow the Gibraltar Rock Loop trail connector upward and at the Gibraltar Junction, veer right onto the North Granite Ridge trail.  The trail winds its way for a distance of 9.3 km along the granite ridge, traversing areas of old growth hemlock...

The Gibraltar Rock Loop Trail

From the Gibraltar trailhead parking lot on Highway 357 proceed south for about 100 m to the northern entrance of this 1.3 km loop trail.  It climbs steeply to Gibraltar Rock where the lookoff offers a bird's eye view of the river and road below.  To the north the view is of the Shubenacadie glacial spillway...

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