The province of Nova Scotia boasts a rugged and beautiful maritime landscape, as well as a unique culture steeped in Acadian, Celtic, Mi'kmaq and African tradition. Best known for the cultural hub of Halifax, the wildlands of Cape Breton and the countless coastal fishing villages that seem untouched by time, Nova Scotia is an explorer's paradise. With no portion of the province further than 56 km (35 mi) from the ocean, Nova Scotia is a land ruled by water. Bask in the salty air of the Atlantic as you watch puffins, dolphins and whales from the shore, explore remote backroads on your way to a picturesque lighthouse, hike the fabled trails of Cape Breton Highlands National Park or take a trip across the Northumberland Strait to relax on PEI's perfect beaches – with the newest edition of our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Mapbook in hand, there is no limit to what you can discover in this maritime wonderland.
The 4th Edition of our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Mapbook features extensive updates and upgrades from our last publication. Along with the addition of Crown land, we have added 14 new recreation topographic maps at 1:200,000 scale, expanding our coverage to include all of Prince Edward Island. We have also added and updated recreation features including multi-use trails, ATV trails, snowmobile routes and paddling systems, as well as refined thousands of Points of Interest to help you choose the adventure that is just right for you. New features include Stocked Lake Fishing Charts, Multi-Use Trail Charts and more, expanding the Mapbook by over 60% in size from its last edition!
From the historic fishing villages of the Lighthouse Route along Nova Scotia's south shore to the pastoral charm of the Glooscap Trail and beyond, Nova Scotia's scenic drives are second to none. Culture and wilderness collide as you explore the far reaches of this maritime jewel, and the latest edition of our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook provides all of the details you need for the perfect Nova Scotia road trip.Topographic Maps
In your durable, heavy-duty, spiral-bound 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") Nova Scotia Mapbook you will find 66 detailed topographic maps spanning the province, complete with labelled recreation sites, amenities, highways, backcountry roads, trails and other points-of-interest. 14 of these maps are brand new to this edition, expanding our coverage to include all of Prince Edward Island. Not only are these Nova Scotia maps user-friendly, but they boast a level of cartographic sophistication unparalleled even by government resources – making them the maps of choice for search-and-rescue.Index
New to this edition, we have divided the index into Map and Adventure sections to make it easier to use than ever. You will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, plus important numbers, distance charts and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
Nova Scotia is defined as much by its cultural attractions as its natural ones. Our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook guides you to the province's most spectacular destinations, from the historic buildings of Halifax to remote lighthouses and whale watching locations. With dozens of must-see attractions, including the breathtaking beaches, wineries and museums of Prince Edward Island, your biggest challenge will be deciding where to visit first.Fishing Adventures
The Atlantic Ocean dominates the culture of Nova Scotia, with no part of the province more than 56 km (35 mi) from the sea. The 7,400 km (4,625 mi) of coastline is complemented with over 5,400 freshwater lakes and countless rivers, streams and brooks. With a world-famous Atlantic salmon fishery and a long history of fishing for over 19 species of fish, Nova Scotia is an angler’s paradise. Likewise, Prince Edward Island offers some of the best deep sea, shore, lake and river fishing in Canada. Your Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook gives you the low down on over 800 fishing hot spots, making the ultimate companion to your Maritimes fishing adventure.Hunting Adventures
Nova Scotia hunters have plenty of options to choose from with big game like black bear, white-tailed deer and moose, smaller animals like coyote and snowshoe hare and game birds like ruffed grouse and ring-necked pheasant found throughout the province. And although Prince Edward Island does not offer any big game hunting it is famous for its waterfowl and small game opportunities. The hunting section of your Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Mapbook breaks down all the hunting species and Wildlife Management Areas, while the maps show the Deer and Moose Management Areas.Paddling Adventures
With water dominating the land and culture of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, these Maritime provinces are a paddler’s paradise. Your Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook tells you everything you need to know about exploring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island with a kayak or canoe, from ocean kayaking among bays, beaches, islands and harbours to multi-day canoe trips along remote river systems. The newest edition of our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Mapbook contains over 800 detailed paddling adventure listings including put-in, take-out, difficulty, highlights and more!Park Adventures
With over 250 listings for provincial, national and regional parks and conservation areas, our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook is your number one source for exploring some of the Maritimes' most scenic natural areas. From the famous Cape Breton Highlands and Prince Edward Island National Park to the out-of-the-way hidden gems and everything in between, you can find everything you need to know in the latest edition of our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Mapbook including access, amenities, highlights and more.Trail Adventures
Nova Scotia is home to hundreds of trails within and beyond well-known spots like Halifax and Cape Breton. For the outdoor adventurer there is no shortage of outdoor trails to hike, bike or explore by other means, from the Cape to Cape Trail to the wildly scenic trails of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Prince Edward Island is also home to a vast network of trails to explore by foot or by bike, most notably the Cape Breton Trail which stretches from one end of the Island to the other. With almost 250 detailed trail listings including trailheads, distance, elevation, difficulty and more, our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook is your go-to resource for exploring this beautiful part of Canada.ATV Adventures
From Halifax to Cornwall and beyond, we map out Nova Scotia’s ATV trails developed by the ATV Association of Nova Scotia. We also cover the growing system of trails in Prince Edward Island, where the already established ATV community is making big strides in promoting the sport. From formal ATV trails to logging roads and bush trails, our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook will lead you to some of the best places to ATV in the Maritimes.Snowmobile Adventures
Thanks to the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia boasts over 3,500 km (2,175 mi) of snowmobile trails. From the Alpine Snowmobile Club Trails to the Margaree Highlands and the Sutherlands Lake Trails, we mark and list every Nova Scotia snowmobiling hot spot. Additionally, we let you in on the best places to snowmobile on Prince Edward Island, making our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook a great companion for your Maritime winter adventure.Wildlife Adventures
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island's diverse natural landscapes create habitats for a variety of wild animals, from giant marine mammals like whales and sea lions to rare frogs and songbirds. Our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook lets you in on the best places to see our furry, scaly, feathered and feral neighbours, including the over 400 recorded bird species of Nova Scotia.Winter Adventures
For a truly unique winter adventure, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island offer a wide range of outdoor activities including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, tobogganing, downhill skiing, snowboarding and more! The winter landscapes in this part of Canada are a wonder to see, and we couldn't be more pleased to offer you detailed information for the best places to get out and enjoy the Maritime winter in the latest edition of our Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island Backroad Mapbook!
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|Map Number||Coordinate||Comment||Publication Year||Update Date|
|12||C4||Lake Munro is actually found southwest next to Highway 8 not where labeled||2016||2017-07-01|
|16||A1||Rocky Lake is the bigger lake shown on the map, not Powder Mill Lake. This is the same for the other map corners (Map 22/G7, Map 23/A7)||2016||2017-07-01|
|45||F2||The park name is MacCormack Provincial Park (no Beach in the name)||2016||2017-07-01|
|62||F7||There is an access point to the Hunter River off Highway 13 near New Glasgow||2016||2017-07-01|
|Map Key||Updates to the Mapkey
The route shown as Highway 104 is actually Highway 4 leading north to Oxford (between map boundaries 30 & 31).
The highway labelled as Hwy 2 on the key map near Sheet Harbour (Map 25) should be Hwy 7
Highway 107 from Dartmouth east to Musquodoboit Harbour (Maps 16 & 23) is missing from the Map Key
|Page Number||Comment||Publication Year||Update Date|
|74||Update map page number to map 16/F2
Hope for Wildlife (Map 16/F2)
If you have seen the TV show, you may want to visit the rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wildlife. Visitors can check out the Learning Centre and Wildlife Gardens. Admission is free but donations are always welcome.
|76||Update map page number to map 4/C1
St. Catherine’s Beach (Map 4/C1)
Located in the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct, St Catherine’s Beach is one of the nicest beaches in the province. The massive white sand beach is found at the end of a half hour hike from the trailhead. Note, from April to August, about two thirds of the beach is closed to the public to protect the nesting area of Piping Plover.
|76||Update map page number to map 46/G2
Two Rivers Wildlife Park (Map 46/G2)
This 202 hectare (500 ac) park in Marion Bridge is run by a community non-profit group and features various animals in a petting zoo and a wide variety of wildlife in enclosures along the 1 km Wildlife Walk trail. There are a few other trails, swimming in the Mira River and some U-fish ponds. The park is open year-round and there is an admission fee. Visit tworiverspark.ca for more information.
|81||Lake only listed in stocking chart. Here is description:
Blair Lake (Map 38/F5)
Fishing success is usually fair, but can be good on occasion for brook trout in this Cumberland County lake. Found south of Amherst and Highway 104 off Blair Lake Road, try fly-fishing to increase your chances of success.
|84||Update listing description
Dexter Lake (Map 3/B4)
Located off Shore Road, this waterbody can also be explored along the Woodland Multi-Use Trail. Anglers can expect to find some good brook trout fishing at times.
|84||Update map page number to map 5/F2
Clearwater Lake (Map 5/F2)
Offering up good brook trout, this Digby County lake is stocked annually. The lake is easily accessed by a secondary road from Bangor. Fishing pressure is not as heavy as lakes that are closer to more populous parts of the province, and fishing can be quite good here at times.
|84||Lake only listed in stocking chart. Here is description:
Harris Lake (Map 11/E4)
Fishing is usually fair for brook trout in this Digby County stocked lake. Found north of Sissiboo Road near Bear River, you may also pull some chain pickerel from these waters.
|88|| Update map page number to Map 16/A2 along with adding access information
Micmac Lake (Map 16/A2)
Easily accessed from Shubie Park in the hub of Dartmouth, Micmac is one of the best producers for smallmouth bass in the province. Anglers can also expect to catch chain pickerel along with white and yellow perch. Plastic jigs can work well for all species.
|90||Changed map number and location in description
Rocky Lake (Map 15/G1–23/G7)
Tucked between Highway 102 and Rocky Lake Drive north of Bedford, this lake can be a busy place. Anglers can expect to find smallmouth bass along with chain pickerel and perch here. Plastic jigs can work well for all three of these species.
|95||Lake only listed in stocking chart. Here is description:
Middle River Reservoir (Map 32/F2)
This reservoir, created by damming the Middle River near New Glasgow, provides a water supply for local towns. Anglers will find smallmouth and white perch. In addition, they occasionally stock the reservoir with Atlantic salmon. Look for the annual white perch fishing tournament every summer.
|106||Updated map numbers of Zone 101, Zone 105 and 107; added Zone 104 and Zone 106
Deer Management Zones
12 Deer Management Zones (DMZs) have been established to regulate the antlerless deer hunt. Depending on the local population, anywhere from zero to several thousand stamps for antlerless deer are available in different areas. General deer hunting season lasts from the last Friday in October to the 1st Saturday in December (bag limit of 1). Archery and muzzleloader season lasts from the 2nd Monday in September to the 2nd Saturday in December (bag limit of 1).
Zone 101 (Maps 1–12)
Zone 101 is the southernmost part of Nova Scotia, basically southwest of a rough line drawn from Annapolis Royal to Liverpool—in other words, Highway 8. It features vast areas that are uninhabited and, for the most part, roadless. It is home to the Tobeatic Wildlife Management Area and the special muzzle loading season.
Zone 104 (Maps 12–14, 19–21)
With the city of Windsor in this zone’s extreme northeast sector, there is little hunting in that area. However, as you travel southwest through this diverse region of Nova Scotia, the deer hunting gets better. Look for higher populations of whitetails between the communities of Albany and Milford and northeast of Lake Munro (between Highway 8 and 10).
Zone 105 (Maps 11, 12, 18–21, 29)
Zone 105 is a long, narrow area between Highway 101 and the Bay of Fundy, roughly from Digby to Windsor. This zone might not have the overall large harvest of some of the other southern zones but it is easily the most accessible.
Zone 106 (Maps 16, 17, 23–27, 32–36)
There is no hunting in the southwest corner of this zone due to the proximately to the capital city of Halifax, and the second largest city in Nova Scotia in Dartmouth. Stretching northeast, from the Atlantic Ocean and Lawrencetown in the south all the way to Canso off Chedabucto Bay in the northeast, whitetail hunting gets better the further you travel from the coastal regions.
Zone 107 (Maps 21–24, 29–32)
Zone 107 is made up of most of Colchester and Hants counties. There is a lot of agriculture in the area, which seems to help keep the population up. The buck harvest here is often one of the most productive in the province.
|112||Update map page number to Map 45/D3
MacKinnons Harbour (Map 45/D3)
A 10 km (6 mi), two hour round trip can be started from the railway bridge found on Route 223 in Victoria County. McKinnon’s Harbour is connected to Bras d’Or Lake and offers good protections from the strong winds that can kick up there.
|112||Update map page number to Map 50/A4
Tuonela Trail (Map 50/A4)
The Tuonela Trail has the Maritime’s only serviced Telemark ski hill near Baddeck. Access to the top is by a groomed trail, ski-tow vehicle, or rope tow. There are also 18 km (11 mi) of cross-country trails that are groomed on a regular basis. For more information visit skituonela.com.
|115||Update access point
Grand River (Map 46/C5–B7)
Start your trip at Lake Uist to the north of Loch Lamond, travelling 25 km (15.5 mi) of the winding Grand River to the southern coast of Cape Breton. The Grand River is a good intermediate river route with many rips, riffles and drops. Be wary of fallen trees and pay attention for the short but difficult portage over Grand River Falls. Alternate access points are located at Head of Loch Lomond and several places along Grand River before the take-out at the bridge in the village of Grand River.
|116||Update access point
Middle River (Map 14/D3)
This Middle River can be accessed at the Chester Grant Road bridge off Highway 12, just east of Chester Grant. The 8 km (5 mi) route is best done in high water and includes some Class III rapids. Take-out at Hennigar Lake.
|122||Update access point
Hunter River [Clyde River] (Map 62/F7–G6)
Paddlers can access this river from the bridge on Route 224 (New Glasgow Road) near New Glasgow. Paddlers can head north along the river all the way to North Rustico Harbour for a 7 km (4.4 mi) trip that finishes at the Highway 6 (Rustico Road) bridge. Paddling is generally easy, although you should be prepared for more challenging travel during incoming tides and windy conditions.
|123||Fix typo on Tracadie
Winter River (Map 57/B1–63/C7)
The Winter River can be accessed from the bridge on Route 25 and followed north all the way to Tracadie Harbour. Once in the harbour, paddlers can venture further north to Prince Edward Island National Park. Paddling the open waters can be easy during low wind periods and much more challenging during windy days.
|132||Fixed name (no Beach in park name)
MacCormack Provincial Park (Map 45/F2)
MacCormack Provincial Park, off Route 223, is just north of Iona. The picnic area overlooks the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake and picturesque Plaster Cove. There is beach access for those wishing to laze the day away.
|134||Update name and listing
Pomquet Beach Provincial Park (Map 43/E7)
Featuring an impressive 3 km (1.9 mi) long supervised (July and August) beach, this park is found north off Highway 104 on Taylor Road. An interpretive display addresses the best example of dune succession in Nova Scotia. Facilities include a boardwalk, change house, flush toilets, teahouse and monthly summer festivals. The season is mid-May to early October.
|141||This is the same trail system as the East Bay Hills Trail
East Bay Community Trail (Map 46/E1)
A community based effort, this 3 km (1.9 mi) interpretive trail leads through a mixed forest of older growth spruce, fir and pine as well as hemlock, maple and birch.
|143||Changed map page number to Map 34/D1
Antigonish Landing Trail (Map 34/D1)
This well maintained 4.8 km (3 mi) trail follows an old gravel road along the river. The trail also passes through the Antigonish Wildlife Management area and birdwatching is quite popular.
|143||Trail is found southwest of Five Islands
Bass River of Five Islands (Map 30/A3)
This 8.5 km (5 mi) loop can be accessed from New Britain Road, southwest of Five Islands. The highlight of this trail is a scenic falls amid a mature evergreen forest.
|144||Updated distances on these trails
Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Maps 52, 53)
Clyburn Valley Trail (Map 53/D5)
This 8 km (5 mi) return trail is at an elevation of 15 m (165 ft). It follows the old Clyburn Valley Road as it winds its way up the valley.
Coastal Trail (Map 53/E3)
Often considered the best coastal trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, this trail follows the Atlantic Ocean north from Black Brook nearly to Neil’s Harbour for an 11 km (6.8 mi) one-way hike. There are two trailheads, one at Black Brook and one at Halfway Brook.
Fishing Cove Trail (Map 52/E4)
This challenging trail follows the Fishing Cove River as it winds its way down to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 335 m (1,100 ft) below. It is a 12 km (7.5 mi) return backpacking trail and provides access to a wilderness campsite (prior registration at the visitor centre is required). The trailhead is on the Cabot Trail at the top of French Mountain.
L’Acadien Trail (Map 52/D5)
Covering an 8.4 km (5.2 mi) loop and climbing to 365 m (1,200 ft), L’Acadien Trail is relatively easy. Rest benches are provided at scenic overlooks, but keep an eye out for bears feasting on wild berries during your hike. The trailhead is opposite the Chéticamp Information Centre.
|147||Changed map page number to Map 16/D1-23/C7
Crowbar Lake Trails (Map 16/D1–23/C7)
Built in a series of scenic loops, most of the trails are within the Waverley-Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area. The main trailhead is about 9 km down Myra Road from Highway 7 at Porters Lake. The trail is broken into sections as the entire trip makes for a long 20 km (12 mi) day.
|150||Changed map page number to Map 14/A7
MARC Trails (Map 14/A7)
Found just west of the town of Bridgewater, this series of trails is located within a sports complex. The trails themselves stretch for around 10 km (6 mi), but you can pick and choose from the different loops for several shorter route options.
|153||Changed map page number to Map 15/C2-A2
St. Margaret’s Bay Trail (Map 15/C2–A2)
Known as one of the most scenic trails in Nova Scotia, this 32 km (20 mi) stretch of former railway connects with the BLT Trail in Hubley and the Aspotogan Trail in Hubbards. A popular trailhead can be found at the Bike and Bean Café in Upper Tantallon. Some of the other communities that you will pass through along this trail include Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Mason’s Point, Ingramport and Queensland.
|154||Changed map page number to Map 4/B1
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park (Map 4/B1)
Thomas Raddall Provincial Park has 11 km (6.8 mi) of trails providing access to various terrain including beaches and natural habitats, as well as historic sites.
|155||This trail is reported to be closed
Blooming Point Trail (Map 63/D7)
This loop trail is 1.2 km (0.7 mi) in length and is located off Route 218 (Blooming Point Road).
|160||Update name of Woodlot
Townshend Woodlot (Map 64/G7)
Located off Route 305 (Souris Line Road) this area occupies 106 hectares (260 ac). To access the 6.5 km (4 mi) trail, proceed 2.1 km past the Confederation Trail entrance and look for an unpaved road to the left.
|163||Added map 42 to Map numbers
Antigonish Sno-Dogs (Maps 34, 35, 42, 43)
This club’s trail system covers Keppoch, Weavers, Eigg and Browns Mountains with connector trails to the town of Antigonish for fuel, food and lodging. They also provide direct access to Guysborough and Pictou County trail systems. Call 902-870-1724 for more information.
|168||Fix typo in listing
Sentier de Clare (Map 5/G4–10/G6)
Stretching for 42 km (26 mi) between Weymouth and the Yarmouth County Line, this ungroomed trail passes through woods, crosses rivers and has major trailheads (4626 Highway 1) and Little Brook Station (588 Little Brook Road). The trail continues for 29 km (18 mi) to the town of Yarmouth.
|168||Updated map page number on Route 104 and added a few other route options for PEI Snowmobile Trails
Route 104 (Map 57/F1–58/D6)
This branch off of the Confederation Trail runs south from Mount Stewart, connecting with the Greenfield Snowmobile Club trails. Close to the southern shores of the Island, the trail veers eastwards and leads to Murray Harbour. There is some ambiguity regarding this trail’s grooming and land use, so check with the PEI Snowmobile Association before venturing out.
Route 201 (Map 60/G1–61/A3)
Forming a loop branch off of the Confederation Trail, this route stretches from Duvar to the Coleman area, passing through Glengarry, Haliburton and Milburn along the way. This trail connects with the O’Leary Snowriders club trails.
Route 209 (Map 56/B1–D1)
From the Powerline Lodge clubhouse near Kinkora, this route heads west through Mount Tryon, Maple Plains and Crapaud before heading north to Brookvale and the Springside Snowmobile Club. This route eventually links up with the Confederation Trail near Glen Valley.
Route 305 (Map 58/A4–B6)
Cutting across the southeastern part of the Island, this route connects Route 217 with Route 104, passing through Head of Montague, Heatherdale and Caledonia along the way.
Route 308 (Map 62/E6–G6)
From North Rustico on the Island’s north shore, this route passes by Toronto and the Pine Tree Lodge clubhouse before connecting with Route 208 at Millvale.
Route 402 (Map 62/C5)
From French River on the shores of New London Bay, this route heads southwest past the Willie’s Lodge clubhouse and through Irishtown to connect with Routes 206 and 304.
|172||Update map page number to Map 38/E5
Chignecto-Amherst Point Wildlife Area (Map 38/E5)
Designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1947, Amherst Point, along with John Lusby Marsh, make up the Chignecto Wildlife Area. The wetlands are home to more than 200 different species of birds sighted in the area. You can also cross over to the other side of the mouth of the Hébert River to the Minudie Wetland, where you can see up to 50,000 semi-palmated sandpipers feeding in the mudflats.
|179||Update access point
Bluff Wilderness Trail (Map 15/E3)
Located about 4 km from Halifax off of Highway 103, near Timberlea, this Crown land trail is composed of four loops, with the shortest taking 3-4 hours and the longest requiring an overnight stay if you are keen on winter camping. The trail begins in the Woodens River watershed and climbs to the Nine Mile River area in the east. Overall, the stacked loops cover over 30 km (18.5 mi).