Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY AN­DREW L’ESPER­ANCE

Ap­prox­i­mately an hour northwest from Hal­i­fax, N.S. is an area called the An­napo­lis Val­ley, or known lo­cally as “The Val­ley.” It’s where you go to get a change from the rocky trails around Hal­i­fax.

When I was younger, my de­voted mother would drive me to these group rides in the Val­ley, which were con­ducted by Brian Adams, a lo­cal leg­end who is still lead­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to this day. Through these rides, I ex­pe­ri­enced smoother, flow-ier trails that were very dif­fer­ent from those in Hal­i­fax. When­ever I am home, I head to the Val­ley to re­live this flow.

From Wolfville, a small univer­sity town on the Mi­nas Basin, if you’re am­bi­tious, you can ride to sev­eral trail sys­tems. The Reser­voir, Pump­house, Phase 2 and the Gorge can all be ac­cessed on the bike paths and dykes from Wolfville. When it comes to great rid­ing, these trails of­fer as much as you’re up for.

You can park at the top of Gla­dys Porter Drive, where you’ll be greeted by a skills park, and can ride all of the trails from there. There is a map at the trail­head show­ing its 27 trails, which to­tal 17 kilo­me­tres.

My favourite is the Gorge, just out­side of Kentville. It has chal­leng­ing fea­tures, a skills park, flowy trails and gnarly tracks some­times used for down­hill or En­duro races.

A few of the trails are more tech­ni­cal and more de­mand­ing than some B.C. sin­gle­track I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. It’s a great place to test your skills and have some fun.

If you want to stay closer to Wolfville, head to the Reser­voir to en­joy well­built, tight, flow­ing trails good for be­gin­ners and ex­perts alike. For more in­for­ma­tion on the trails head to Banks Bikes in Wolfville and grab a cof­fee while you’re there. En­joy the Val­ley.

Na­tional Team rider Ha­ley Smith drop­ping into one of the steeper chutes at the Gorge in the An­napo­lis Val­ley, ap­prox­i­mately an hour northwest from Hal­i­fax.

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