Hemlock Ravine Park Trails
40 Kent Ave. GPS N 44° 41.313' W 063° 39.808'
Terrain and Surface:
Within the park are 4 km of looped trails, one of which is available for off-leash dog walking. Most of the trails have a crusher dust surface.
Parking lot at Kent Ave or on Julies Walk; Bus Routes 80, 81, 82 or 90 at Kent A. on Bedford Hwy.
This trail rated Easy Moderate.
This 200 acre parkland was part of the estate of John Wentworth, 2nd Lieut. Governor of Nova Scotia, and used by Prince Edward and his companion Julie in the late 1700’s. This is a great park for family wildlife viewing and geocaching. A trail map in front of the pond explains this trail system rated Easy Moderate.
In the late 1780s, Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governor John Wentworth resided here. He lent his country house to Prince Edward in 1794, who landscaped the grounds and built several decorative garden buildings. After the Prince and his mistress left in 1800, the Wentworths again took up residence. After Wentworth’s death, the house and garden fell into disrepair. The oval pond, which Prince Edward, built, was given the shape of a heart in 1869 when one of Prince Edward’s grandsons visited. It and the Rotunda located on the Bedford Highway adjacent to Kent Ave overlooking the Bedford basin are the most visible remains of the Prince’s garden.
Halifax Regional Municipality (formerly the City of Halifax) shares ownership of the Park with the Province and maintains it. Besides the Hemlocks, Yellow Birch, Red Spruce, Beech, Striped and Mountain Maple are found in the park. There are also mushrooms in the fall and Lady Slippers in the spring. There are blueberries, Indian pipe, Lambkill, lichens and ferns along the way. Hemlock Ravine which gave the park its name contains trees which are over 300 years old and 80 feet tall. There is plenty of parking and some picnic tables.
Contact the Friends of Hemlock Ravine Society who are the stewards of the park with any questions or concerns.
Caution: The signage is at times inadequate.