Halls Harbour Eco Trail
We were heading to Halls Harbour anyway for our last feed of lobster for the year and decided to add an extra bit of family fun to our journey. And, it helped us work up an appetite for supper!
The trail begins at the wharf before you get to the lobster pound.
Entrance is in the woods on the right hand side of the road.
Climb the stairs to find the path.
The path quickly ascends the slope by the stream going up the western side of the Halls Harbour Vault.
There are lots of benches for resting.
There are also wire ropes to help you on the steeper parts of the trail.
After entering the trail, you will come to a fork in the trail, indicating the “loop” begins. This is a ½ km loop.
We recommend going to the right and looping around.
As you are huffing and puffing up the hill think about Rachel Cross Parker. I learned about her while researching the Halls Harbour Ghost Walk.
Rachel Cross Park moved to Halls Harbour in 1826 and was one of the first and only women to live in the village as they were building the community. Her husband was constantly at sea, so she worked at a lumber mill with her brothers. This mill was located on the other side of the wharf (beside where the eco trail starts).
Every day after work, Rachel would carry lumber from the mil up that path – by her self – so that her house could be built at the top of the hill.
So, as you are walking the path, imagine Rachel doing this every day – and with lumber!
Not so bad after all, is it?
This loop trail took us about 20 minutes to complete.
Again, the terrain is quite rough and narrow in spots, so it is not suitable for a stroller. Children under 4 may have difficulty.
Highway 359 to Halls Harbour. The two trails are indicated by signs once you
reach the village.
Add a little eco-hiking to your next visit to Halls Harbour!