There are four trails maintained by the Municipality of Shelburne Recreation & Parks Department. Three of the four trails are along sections of the abandoned railway bed. The CN railway operated along the Liverpool to Yarmouth line from 1905-1983. This line was the first to be abandoned and designated for recreational purposes in Nova Scotia. These trails are perfect to enjoy a leisurely stroll, to observe and / or photograph many types of wild flowers, trees, birds, wildlife, and natural landscapes, or to add to your personal work-out routine. These level terrain trails are active transportation connections in the communities of Sable River, Jordan Falls, and between the Islands Provincial Park and the Town of Shelburne for locals and visitors alike.
Check out the pdf Walking Trails Brochure (3.72 MB) for more details about all of the trails.
The Tom Tigney Trail (approx. 1.2 km) head is opposite the Chef’s Plate Restaurant beside the river and is a multi-use trail. A picnic table has been placed there for users to sit at and eat or take a rest to listen and watch the waters of the Tom Tigney River. The trail crosses the East Sable Road twice and about 3/4 of the way along it is a former CN bridge that now has a fenced board walk. On a warm, sunny day the view from the bridge up and down the Sable River is spectacular. This trail ends where the trail meets the old highway #3. The Tom Tigney Trail is the only trail currently approved for motorized use.
Check out the ATV Assoctication of Nova Scotia Trail Etiquette Brochure for information on proper use of an ATV while out and about on the trails. pdf 201512 ATVANS TrailEtiquette Brochure (875 KB)
Fenced in bridge along the Tom Tigney Trail
The Footbridge Trail (approx. 0.8 km) head is a small parking area located in the Sable River Volunteer Fire Department's yard. From the trail head walkers follow the signs that lead them to the swinging bridge, across it, and along the Freeman’s Mill Road where it ends at Hwy 103. It is neat to experience the swinging movement under your feet as you cross the bridge. A major portion of the Foot Bridge trail has been used by the Sable River community for over a hundred years and is known locally as the “footpath”. Motorized use is not allowed along the Foot Bridge trail.
The swinging bridge along the Footbridge Trail
Mi'Kmaq Interpretive Panel located on the Footbridge Trail
The Jordan River Trail (approx. 2.6 km) is located in the Jordan Falls community. To get to the trail head from the 103 hwy take exit #24 along #3 hwy from Jordan Falls to Lockeport. Turn right onto Hayden’s Road. The Trail head is located in a small parking area beside Hayden’s Road. From the trail head you can walk along the trail to the left to end near Camp Jordan or to the right to go across the Jordan River. The former CN bridge has a fenced board walk along it, you walk beside salt water marshes to the trail end where it meets the Lower Jordan Road. Motorized use is not allowed along the Jordan River Trail.
The Shelburne County arts Council commissioned Hayward Meisner of East Green Harbour to make wind chimes for their Outdoor Art Project. The wind chimes were installed at the bridge on the Jordan River Trail.
Jordan River Trail Head by Hayden's Road
View of river from the Roseway River trail
The Roseway River Trail (approx. 1 km) crosses the Roseway River near Falls Lane on two small CN bridges that have a fenced board walk along them. It follows the abandoned railway bed and ends at the road near the entrance to the Islands Provincial Park. Motorized use is not allowed along the Roseway River Trail.
Bridge at the beginning of the Roseway River Trail along Fall's Lane
10 Kms of trail between Hwy 3 in Sable River to Canada Hill Road that connects with the Tom Tigney Trail (1.2 km Municipality of Shelburne trail) at one end and joins another 8.4 km trail from Hwy 103 in Sable River to the Queen's County line at Wilkins Lake to join the Queen's County trail system into Port Mouton and Summerville.
Woodland Multi-Use Trail Head at Hwy 103 (Sable River)