Hiking and Geocaching

There are numerous hiking trails in addition to the rural roads making Wallace a great area to go for a hike, a casual walk, or participate in the increasingly popular pasttime of Geocaching. The Wallace area is rich in natural beauty that can only be fully enjoyed when traveling by foot.

Local membership of the Association of Nova Scotia Geocaching have placed dozens of caches around the area. With various levels of difficulty to find, these caches make Wallace a good destination for beginner to expert geocacher to enjoy this activity. More information on the association can be found on their website http://nsgeocaching.com/. Cache locations are available from various websites including http://www.geocaching.com.

Stream in Fall
For the bird enthusiast the Wallace Bay National Wildlife Area is an ideal destination. Situated at the upper limit of Wallace Harbour, this area has long been an important migration and breeding habitat for waterfowl. In 1973, Ducks Unlimited undertook the construction of 3.8 km (2.5 mi) of dikes and five water control structures (sluices) to establish 144 ha (356 acres) of impounded wetlands. Within this sanctuary is a 3.75km loop hiking trail that can be accessed from the Aboiteau Road. The trail is marked but does contain obstacles so it is not entirely suitable for a casual stroll. This is a shared used area where hunting and fishing is permitted. The wearing of blaze orange during hunting seasons is strongly advised.

Traversing the entire Wallace area is a section of the developing Trans-Canada Trail (http://tctrail.ca). Swing Bridge The section through Wallace uses the former "Short Line" railway bed and is a well developed trail that is open from the town of Oxford to the town of Pictou. A key feature in the Wallace section is the heritage Swing Bridge that crosses the Wallace River. A marvel of engineering and local construction, when operational this bridge could be swung to allow tall masted schooners to get further up the river to pick up their cargo of stone or lumber. The bridge now offers a good view up and down the Wallace River.

The Wallace and Area Museum is situated on a 200 acre parcel of land that was orginally a land grant to a United Empire Loyalist family. This mostly forested land has been allowed to evolve naturally with minimal human activity on the land for decades. Next to the museum facility is a large garden that contains many heritage varieties. The Museum has several well marked trails of varying length and difficulty that are open year around for the public to enjoy.

In nearby Wentworth there is the High Head Trail that takes you to the summit of the hill used by Ski Wentworth. The Wentworth Hostel maintains several trails that offer grand views of the Cobequid mountain landscape.