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.