5 Summer Hikes for the Family

Jun 25, 2020

Dr. Jeremy Hayman, ND

Dr. Jeremy Hayman, ND


Getting outside with family and taking a walk in nature is one of the most effective things you can do for your health. Not only does hiking increase your physical activity, getting into nature has proven to boost energy, mood, immune system function amongst others. Five local hikes you should take this summer are Polly’s Cove, Long Lake Provincial Park, The Bluff Wilderness Trail, Kejimkujik Seaside Trail, and Duncan’s Cove.


Hiking is one of the best ways to spend time with your family. It gets everyone outside and puts you in a place that is conducive to better health. It not only takes you away from the hustle bustle of life, hiking has also been shown to directly improve your health. Nova Scotia is a province of the great outdoors, so getting out for a family hike is literally only a stone throw away.


One of my favourite hikes is Polly’s Cove. Literally minutes from Peggy’s cove, walking the Oceanside rocks and trails that this hike has to offer will have you begging to come back for more. Hike number 2, Long Lake Provincial Park, is a flat, mild hike for any level of fitness. Picturesque views of the lake, combined with a groomed trail and privacy of the deep woods, makes this one a true winner. Number 3 is The Bluff Wilderness Trail. This trail offers beginners a relaxed short walk (with some hills) through the forest, to loops that are suited for more advanced and adventurous hikers. For those who love openness and the water, the Kejimkujik Seaside Trail is definitely the one for you; beautiful open 360 degree views of colourful surroundings and a short and direct trail to the ocean shore. Hiking trail number 5 is Duncan’s Cove. This trail can get busy in the summer, but taking the family out will definitely pay off in dividends; some challenges and narrow ocean side passes, but this is a hiking experience that is suited for all.


There’s significant research supporting the fact that spending time in nature is a powerful medicine. Science continues to show that getting yourself and your family out on to a trail benefits a plethora of parameters when it comes to improved health. Taking a nature hike directly decreases your stress hormones, can reduce blood pressure, improve mood, positively improve your immune system function and improve sleep, amongst many other healthy impacts. So take time for these hikes this summer and enjoy the vast health benefits and experiences that nature is just waiting to provide.


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