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Shearwater Flyer

Located In Cole Harbour (HRM)
Where To Find Us
806 Bissett Rd
Cole Harbour (HRM), NS
Canada B2V 2T2
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Phone 902-435-3952
Contact Michael McFadden, Chairperson, Cole Harbour Parks & Trails Association; Phone: (Cell) 902-435-3952; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Cole Harbour Parks & Trails Association 
51 Forest Hills Parkway, # 13 
Dartmouth, NS B2W 6C6
Volunteers Wanted (Email)
Volunteers Wanted! Michael McFadden, Chairperson, CHPTA; Phone: (Cell) 902-435-3952; Email:
Description & Services
Nearest Community With Services Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth
Trail Surface Crusher dust.
Elevation Gain Level
Trail Activities Hiking ; Trail Running ; Walking ; Cross Country Skiing ; Snowshoeing ; Mountain Biking ; Geocaching ; Bird Watching ; Nature Viewing ; Dog Walking (on leash)
Trail Attributes Out & Back (Linear) Trail ; Coastal Trail ; Rural Trail ; TCT - The Great Trail ; No Winter Maintenance (Use Caution) ; Scenic View ; Interpretive Signage ; Good Cellphone Reception
Facilities At Start/End/Along Trail Trail Map Signage ; Parking Available
Facilities Near Trail Parking Available ; Accommodations ; Restaurant/Take Out
Information This trail follows the route of the Musquodoboit Railway from Shearwater to Bissett Road, where it joins the Salt Marsh Trail. It is a 99 foot right of-way with mostly private properties on either side. It crosses bridges that offer good fishing spots, and passes several bogs with unusual flora. The trail is level and the surface is crusher dust. 
Sport played a major part in life at Shearwater Air Base. Initially, the RCAF Station Dartmouth Flyers (renamed Shearwater Flyers in 1949 when it became a naval air station) competed in the Halifax City Canadian Football League. Subsequently, they played in the Nova Scotia Football League from 1951 and the Atlantic Football Conference in 1965. They won the national intermediate football championship in 1957.
Hours Dawn til dusk.
Special Information
Established 2003
Tags NS Trail Guide ; Recreation Categories