After a big snowfall, kids and kids-at-heart love zooming down the fresh powder of a nice, steep slope. If you’re not lucky enough to have a huge snowy hill in your own background, here are some great sledding destinations across the province:
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Citadel Hill: It’s a natural first choice because it’s easy to find with lots of parking and it’s right in beautiful downtown Halifax. But be careful and look before you slide so you don’t wind up careening into traffic! There are also lots of nearby cafes to go for a hot drink when you’re done!
Ashburn Golf Course: This is a long-time favourite in Halifax’s west end and you’ll often see a large crowd here on a snowy afternoon. You’re safely away from the road and there’s even a spot for snowboarders who want to do tricks.
The Mother Hill: Located behind Mount Saint Vincent University, this hill has a few different access points and a nice steady incline. It’s undoubtedly one of the top sledding spots in the neighbourhood.
Gorsebrook Junior High School: This south-end sledding mecca has multiple inclines for sledders of different abilities — from timid preschools to thrill-seeking teens and adults. You can find the school at 5966 South St.
Brightwood Golf Club: A popular sledding spot in Dartmouth is Brightwood Golf Club — located at 227 School St. — which has multiple hills that get plenty of snow.
NORTHUMBERLAND SHORE REGION & CAPE BRETON
Keppoch Mountain: Located minutes from exit 30 on Hwy 104, the Keppoch recreation facility is open year-round for a variety of activities, including a big hill and a kiddie hill for tobogganing in addition to its extensive 20 km trail system also used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Because it is a private facility, visitors are asked to sign a consent form located on site or on their website. A lodge is open on site on winter weekends with amenities.
McCulloch Hill: Pictou area residents refer to “McCulloch Hill” on the lands of McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre on Haliburton Rd, across from the Maritime Odd Fellows Seniors home and just down the road from the town’s hospital. The parking lot is cleared in the winter although may take a bit longer after a big storm. The museum and genealogy centre is open during the week.
Stellarton: Albion Baseball Field is the only site the municipality of Stellarton promotes and it’s popular, said Recreation director Paul Corbin. The hill is adjacent to Allan Park on Albion. The site is inspected regularly for safety and the area that’s marked off gives coasters a pretty long run. Helmets are also recommended.
Mira: Two Rivers Wildlife Park offers winter frolic from coasting to sleigh rides. There are several hills on open fields that allow for all ages and abilities. The canteen and amenities are only open during special occasions like Winter Frolic in February, but park admission prices ($7 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for children under two years) allows you to also access the wildlife park and trails.
New Waterford: Colliery Lands Park on Ellsworth Avenue is where locals go in New Waterford. There is a playground and off-leash dog park too. The park opened to mark the site of two former collieries and pays tribute to the men who died in the Island’s worst mining explosion one-hundred years ago in 1917.
South Bar: The coast is clear on this popular hill since the former South Bar school was demolished this past fall, but the CBRM property is expected to be redeveloped for the port’s use. But for now, when the snow falls, the sleds all come out, say the locals.
VALLEY, TRI-COUNTY & SOUTH SHORE
River Hills Golf Course in Clyde River, Shelburne: In Shelburne County, a favourite sledding spot for locals is the River Hills golf course in Clyde River. The hilly terrain well off the road is a little bit of a trek, but the thrill of the downhill ride makes the effort worthwhile. Many families and children take advantage of the recreational opportunity on winter afternoons when a blanket of snow covers the fairways.
Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal: While it’s not promoted as a sledding destination by Parks Canada, the super-steep embankments of Canada’s first national historic site is sure to create some memorable moments in sledding history as they have for generations. The grounds are open year-round, but there is no winter maintenance of the parking lot except a small fire lane. Much of the fort’s ramparts are tucked safely away from road traffic and clear of trees. A visit to some of the town’s quaint cafes is a warming experience, too.
Hantsport: The Hantsport Memorial Community Centre encourages coasting on the hill behind Churchill House. Most of the hill is clear from trees although there are some on the side to navigate away from. Parking is available about a hundred feet away from the hill in the upper parking lot with overflow available in the lower lot located by the outdoor ice rink, about a two-minute hike away.
Municipal Activity & Recreation Complex, Dayspring: The MARC, as it is known locally, is managed and maintained by the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. It has two popular toboggan runs nestled in a scenic area. The runs end at each side of a frozen pond used for family skating.
Yarmouth Links Golf Course: When it snows in Yarmouth kids and families head to the golf course in Yarmouth – a tradition that dates back many generations. It’s a safe area to sled with a clear treeless path to the bottom of the hill. The only downfall is the walk back up to the top to do it all over again. It can be a bit of a workout.
AMHERST & TRURO
Amherst: Technically Fort Beausejour is in New Brunswick, but close enough to Amherst for hosting the coasting for adventure-seeking Nova Scotians. On your way back, you can stop into the Aulac Big Stop to fill those hungry bellies with some heart-warming favs, or any number of restaurants and shops in Amherst.
Parrsboro: A popular spot for tobogganing is at the Don Yorke Memorial Ballfield on Upper Main St where coasters slide down a medium grade hill right through the field. The parking lot is usually plowed. The site is across from the Home Hardware too in case any repairs to your toboggan are required during store hours.
Truro: You may not find Legion Hill on a map because it’s named for its location behind the Royal Canadian Legion off Brunswick Street. A steep hill that can get icy to make for an accelerated coast although a slower walk back up again. It’s handy to downtown Truro’s shops and restaurants for post-coast activities.
Bible Hill Recreation Park on Guest Rd., located off College Road. The Cobequid trail system wraps around the hill that is visible and close by to the ploughed parking area. Coasting areas are clear and there are some more gentler areas for wee folk. Picnic shelters and a playground make this park a popular spot for families. Signs are posted that request sledders wear helmets.