Bedford Barrens Pteroglyphs

Bedford Barrens Pteroglyphs near Halifax, NS


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
2 kms
1 hour
easy
Hiking
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Halifax, NS
User Benlalonde
Smack in the middle of Beford lies a small wilderness area protected as a national historic site by Parks Canada. This wilderness was protected a few years ago as some MicMac pteroglyphs were discovered.

This is the information had in hand as I was planning a hike with the family to try to seek those drawings out. Since there are sketched on stone, I looked at some satellite imagery and found some long and narrow outcrops in numerous places throughout the wilderness area.

The walk on the outcrops is easy and sometimes you will find some faint trails to get you to the next one....but more often than not you have to bushwack from place to place. We searched and searched on the outcrops but this time were not rewarded by finding the drawings. I will have to go back. However it's a nice little spot to explore right in the middle of the city.

Directions:

Take Rutledge street off the Bedford highway and park by the children park. there is a trail at the back end of the park which leads you to the first rock outcrop.



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By FSHMNPosted By: FSHMN  - Sun Jul 22 10:52:11 UTC 2018 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside Close proximity to city.
Little gem.
Downside Not really a trail.
Directions not the best starting point if your goal is to find the carvings.
Comment This is not a trail. This really is, at best, a large, protected stand of trees.

We followed the page’s directions (off the playground) and arrived pretty quickly at the place photographed. But this gigantic 45 degree rock slope does not contain petroglyphs. It is a place for some graffiti. Looking for some kind of clear trail off this area is next to impossible. The map on the page implies a trail of sorts. There really is none. There are some common very rough footpaths. But not so common that it’s easy to follow. It’s only easy to lose your way (if using a path is your intention).

If you are looking for the actual ,and barely protected, petroglyphs like we were, then you’re best bet is going to the formal entrance at the very end of Emmerson St. Be respectful of the surrounding homes. If there’s nowhere close to park, find a side street and walk.

There you will find a rock with a plaque denoting the entrance to a trail. Walk in less than 5 mins to the actual carvings (two) that are easily found due to the gigantic signage in front and a handful sacred cloth strips tied amongst the trees. An amazing Mi’kmaq gem to find so close to Halifax.

Don’t walk on the carvings! Instead, bring a bottle of water and stand off to the side pouring them over the rocks to help find the tragically eroding reliefs.

Further up you’ll find a very nice bench and a trail that leads into the woods and then slowly gets less distinguishable. Bring bug spray in the summer and wear long pants for all the thorny wild brush.


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