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Hike Crystal Crescent beach trail


Min: 0 ft
Max: 138 ft
Uphill: 1486 ft
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last update on Sep 12, 2016
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Distance: 6.84 miles
Duration:2 h
Loop trail
Min: 0 ft
Max: 138 ft
Uphill: 1486 ft

Trail characteristics

Dirt road
Hiking trail


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Route description

This tour leads through the wonderful nature of Nova Scotia. You will hike through untouched beaches, across meadows and you will see the water whip against rock formations. Start Start your tour at Crystal Crescent beach parking. First walk towards the beach and continue alongside the water. Soon you will be following the trail up a small hill, through some meadows.  During this stage you will be able to see the shore constantly.


The path to Pennant Point

Now follow the trail back down to the beach. Keep following the marks, passed some small bays, to Pennant Point the peak of the spit.


The way back to the east side of the spit

As soon as you are ready continue along the beach, however now towards the east part of the island. You will again pass some small bays. From the Lower and the Upper Duck Cove you will be able to enjoy the view on Pennant Island, a small, untouched island, which consists almost only of sand and woods.


The path into the heart of the country

Continue alongside the beach until you are as far as Martin Island. The trail branches and you leave the cost. The trail now leads into the heart of the country, across meadows and through woods, back to the parking lot. Enjoy the incredible untouched nature.


Options at the end

At the end of the tour you can either go back to Halifax or enjoy some hours at Crystal Crescent beach.


Suitable for dogs
Suitable for kids
Sturdy shoes necessary

Where to eat

Along Crystal Beach there are no places you can get food or drinks. There are however bathroom installations.

Interesting facts

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  • You're traveling a distance of 7 miles on this easy trail. Average length of all hikes in Nova Scotia is 12 miles.
  • The hike is one of the family friendly trails in the region. The hike is also perfect if the kid’s wanna bring their dog on the trip.
  • You shouldn’t forget to bring your hiking boots. There are some sections on the trail where sturdy footwear is required.

Highlights of the tour

A highlight of this tour is the mix between sandy beaches and rocky shores. Also the unspoiled view across water and land is a speciality of this tour.


You should make sure to bring enough food and drinks for your trip. Furthermore you should wear clothes suitable for strong wind. Other than that there is no other special equipment you will need.

Getting here

By car: 

The tour starts at Crystal Crescent beach parking, approximately 45 min from Halifax. The only way to get to the beach is by car, there is no public transportation available.


Leave Halifax south and drive onto Old Sambro Road (306). Keep following until you get to Sambro. In Sambro turn right towards the national park and follow the signs to the parking.



Crystal Crescent Beach Trail
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