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Lahave River Trail


Record #: MDL0102
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2020
Last Full Update: 18 Dec 2020


Located In Lunenburg County
Where To Find Us
Northfield & District Fire Department
2233 Hwy 10
West Northfield, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County


Contact Dave Whynott, Chair; Phone: 902-543-9738; Email:

Description & Services

Information Click here for maps and information about the Lahave River Trail 
The Lahave River Trail Association is a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop and maintain shared-use trail between Bridgewater and New Germany in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada which will provide links to other trails being developed in the area and beyond. All recreational users are welcome.  
Our vision is also to see some interpretive information to highlight natural and cultural activities/history as well as rest points added as we are able. 
Our Association has been networking with a number of other Trails in Lunenburg County. We have also been working with The Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation who are owners of proposed trail route. 
There are a number of challenges associated with the trail development in this area that other groups do not have such as the disappearance of some of the rail bed due to highway construction in the past, as well as the fact that some of the rail bed has been sold to abutting land owners by the Province, and the discovery on two sections of our trail of species of endangered plants which must be protected. 
In spite of these obstacles, we have before us a very interesting, challenging and achievable future, and we are exploring that journey vigorously. The trail heads across the Province, generally fairly close to Highway 10 and is largely tree shaded with a pleasant section running beside Wentzell Lake. Often old rail artifacts can be found along the way as well as relics sighted of the historic Lumber industry. Birds and wild-life abound. 
Although the trail is not fully connected at this time the Board is working hard to see our goal become a reality. 
We are very pleased that significant upgrading has been completed on the section from Lunenburg Rod and Gun Club to Wentzell Road( 2.4 km approx), including parking, as well as from Wentzell Rd to Salmon Run Rd(1.6 km approx). Trail has been forged from Cookville Bridge to the Cookville Provincial Park, and further trail is complete and extends to the Rhodeniser Road (3.7 km approx). A completed section also runs from Veinot Road to Goose Chase Road connecting with the South Shore Annapolis Valley trail, affording some lovely views of the Lahave River ( 5km approx). Upgrading from the Cookville Falls ( joining the Centennial Trail and the Arthur Young trail, a connector trail from the Falls rising to the Best Western Plus Hotel) to the Cookville Bridge has also provided a fine surface for recreation (1.8 km approx). By foot or bicycle, and hopping up to Highway 10 when necessary it is possible to travel from the Valley to Bridgewater and beyond.  
Although the trail is not officially winter maintained, members afford the courtesy of grooming the trail with their snowmobiles from time to time. However, Trail users use the trail at their own risk during this season and should be aware that driveway crossings may prove challenging.  
monthly meeting 
funding requests 
managing projects 
networking with other groups 
Meetings The LRTA's monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Accessibility Parking is available at:  
Cookville Provincial Park, Hwy 10  
Wentzell Rd  
Limited at Cookville Bridge