Hemlock Ravine

  • Rating: Easy
  • Type: Network
  • Usage: Hiking, Walking
  • Surface: Gravel, Natural
  • Season: Year-round
  • Updated: October 16, 2011

Getting There

Coming from Halifax take the Bedford Highway until you see the "Music Rotunda" (a round white building) on the right hand side of the road. Directly across the road from this building is Kent Avenue. Turn left onto Kent and travel to the end of this road, there is a parking lot and a map of the trail system located here.


This 197-acre wilderness was home to John Wentworth, Nova Scotia's lieutenant governor in the 1780s. In 1794, John lent the wilderness to Prince Edward who landscaped the grounds, including the heart-shaped pond. This pond was named "Julie's Pond", after his companion Julie St. Laurent. After Edward and Julie returned to England in 1800 the grounds fell into disrepair. The Halifax Regional Municipality has owned the land since 1977 and now maintains this wilderness.

This network of trails, five in all, has many starting points, ending points and loops, making this a great place for all types of hikers. There are some easy going simple trails for groups and families, longer sections for a good workout, and more difficult trails for the more serious hiker.

The trails in the park pass many brooks, small ponds and a ravine. The ravine can be a tricky trail especially when the water is high or there has been a recent rainfall making the rocks slippery.

The area surrounding this park is heavily populated and has many access points to this wilderness. So if you think you've left the park too soon it's probably just another access point from the surrounding communities.

If you follow the ravine trail all the way, you will eventually come out along the bi-high near the Kearney Lake Road Exit.

In all this is a great get away from city life for a few hours of enjoyable hiking with friends.