Identifying new protected areas
for Nova Scotia

Please support efforts to protect the
Herring Cove Backlands Wilderness Area

The Nova Scotia Dept. of Environment has identified potential lands for future protection required to achieve the 12% figure by 2015. See NSE: Our Wild Spaces.


The Dept is seeking input from individuals and groups, asking groups to let them know by Aug 1, 2012 if they wish to set up a meeting. See Get involved.

As illustrated by the map below, a lot of land has been or is slated for protection on the Chebucto Peninsula, including the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area. A major block of crown land that is not currently slated for protection but for which a number of groups have been seeking protection lies in the Herring Cove Area. See N.S. Public Lands: Proposed Herring Cove Backlands Wilderness Area.

Please support efforts to protect the Herring Cove Backlands Wilderness Area, e.g., by writing a letter to NSE. Protection of the Herring Cove Backlands AND establishment of conservation corridors between protected blocks of land on the Chebucto Peninsula would enhance conservation of biodiversity for the whole area and make the Chebucto Peninsula a truly significant conservation area.

Dusan Soudek of Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia comments:
The "12 Percent by 2015" includes a number of very interesting suburban properties both within HRM and in neighbouring Hants County. However, very sadly, it doesn't include the Herring Cove Backlands (HCB), a 2800 ha chunk of rugged Crown land just south of the HRM urban core. This parcel is bisected by Herring Cove Road. A smaller portion of HCB, in the McIntosh Run (or "Bridge Runs") watershed lies to the NE of Herring Cove Road, and a larger portion, mostly in the Ocean Run watershed, to the SW.

Ideally, we would love to see the entire HCB protected as a portion of the future HRM urban greenbelt, but we would settle for protection of at least the McIntosh Run portion of the area, roughly between Herring Cove, Fergusons Cove. and Spryfield. Besides some fine forests, wetlands, and barrens; it contains the Pine Island Ponds Canoe Loop. The area is frequented by local fishermen, skaters, swimmers, hikers, dog walkers, and blueberry pickers, not to mention the Hermit of McIntosh Run. A small portion of it was burned a few years ago during the so-called Spryfield Fire.

There are many informal trails in the area, including the historical Old Military Trail to York Redoubt and the McIntosh Run Community Trail immediately upstream of the area. The McIntosh Run Watershed Association is hoping to extend it, as a wilderness trail, through the Crown area as far as Herring Cove.

In the past both the Ecology Action Centre and the Ketch Harbour Area Residents' Association actively promoted the creation of the Herring Cove Backlands Wilderness Area. It would be wonderful if HCB got back onto the "12 percent by 2015" list and eventually become permanently protected from development, joining other Metro suburban protected wilderness areas and provincial parks.
See also: McIntosh Run Watershed Association.


Posted July 29, 2011