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Lakes

Kings County is home to a large number of lakes and ponds, some suited for swimming and boating, others suited for fishing or paddling. Lakes provide the perfect place to plant yourself on a hot summer’s day for recreation and relaxation.

Berwick is fortunate to have a number of beautiful lakes nearby:

Aylesford Lake is home to many cottages and year-round residents. The lake also has a public beach with fully accessible parking, playground, pathways, picnic areas, boardwalk, canteen, and toilets. The public beach is typically open from early June to early September, and is supervised by lifeguards. A public boat launch is also available. Click here for directions from Berwick to Aylesford Lake.

Lake George Provincial Park, near Aylesford Lake, is also home to a number of cottages and year-round residents. Although smaller in size, Lake George also has a public beach area, parking, and a boat ramp, as well as a picnic area and change rooms. It’s a beautiful spot for a dip on a hot summer’s day, and a safe swimming area is roped off from boaters. Click here for directions from Berwick to Lake George.

Tupper Lake is a small lake in Kings County, between Berwick and Kentville. It is closed to motorized boats but has a public launch for non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes. The lake is also fairly shallow and is suitable for swimming. Click here for directions from Berwick to Tupper Lake.

The Cloud Lake Wilderness Area is one of 31 Protected Areas set aside by the Nova Scotia Government in the Wilderness Areas Preservation Act. This area, comprised of 10,830 hectares of land, boundaries Annapolis and Kings Counties and would be suited for the avid wilderness traveler. The landscape is composed mainly of granite bedrock, forested land forms, glacial deposits, large scattered lakes, steep-sided streams, and wetlands. It offers excellent opportunities for backcountry hiking and camping, canoeing, fishing, and hunting. Click here for directions from Berwick to Cloud Lake.

Hiking Trails

Explore and Discover a Scenic Hiking Destination

Hiking Berwick and its surrounding areas introduces visitors to exploring and discovering nature, no matter what season of the year.

Hikers will experience beautiful scenery while discovering our favourite “secret” spots. You will travel through hard and soft wood forests; criss-cross over little streams, and discover peaceful waterfalls where you wouldn’t expect to find them. Hike along the Bay of Fundy to see 300-400 foot cliffs, explore our natural sea caves and experience rockhounding and bird watching at its best.

Most of all, you will breathe clean fresh air, experience brilliant fall colors and glistening snow. If you’re looking you might just catch a glimpse of wildlife, while birds play majestic melodies in your ears.

These self guided hiking adventures are great for independent hikers who choose to hike alone, or with friends and family. Whatever your experience, age or season, we have a trail for you! Hikes range from an easy, short hike to a moderately strenuous affair. Grab your favourite hiking boots, camera and get ready to explore Berwick and its surrounding areas’ “Great Hiking Destinations!”

Hikers’ Note: Deer hunting is a huge sport in Nova Scotia. Upon entering the woods beginning from September to December, it’s advised to wear Hunters’ Orange and proceed with caution. Check the local tide times for coastal adventures.

Safety and Trail Etiquette

Be prepared: Wear good footwear and stay on marked dtrails. Check the weather and tide times before you go. Hike with a friend or tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be back.
Pack it in, pack it out: Take all litter  with you when you leave.
Carry Essentials: Water, food, fire starter, compass or GPS with extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle, pocket knife, rain jacket, extra socks and a flashlight.

Below are some great hikes to get you started!

Download the Hiking Berwick and its Surrounding Areas Brochure, complete with trail map!

Download a comprehensive trail map of a variety of trails in Kings County. This map includes information about the following trails: Kings County's share-use rails, the Cornwallis River Greenway, Black Rock Trails, Cape Split Trails, Woodville Trails, Lockhart Ryan Trails, and Bigelow Trails.