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Tantramar Trail (Sackville to Port Elgin)

This former railbed, part of the Trans-Canada Trail system, links Sackville with the village of Port Elgin. The trail begins at a dyked wetland behind Tantramar Regional High School, then skirts the Tantramar Marsh. After crossing several working farms near Midgic, the trail then passes through an isolated stretch of boreal forest, before emerging at Route 16 near the community of Baie Verte. It ends at a working fishing wharf on the Gaspereau River in Port Elgin.Moose, deer, fox and other woodland creatures can be observed from the trail route, as well as colourful wildflowers and a variety of songbirds. Waterfowl and shorebirds, eagles, osprey, hawks and Great Blue herons can often be seen feeding on the Baie Verte Marsh and along the Gaspereau River Estuary.Trail type: LinearLength: 33 km (21 mi.) - 8 hours one waySurface: Crushed stone, raised railbedDifficulty: Moderate (long distance hike)Marking: Follows abandoned railway line, route obviousParking: Tantramar High School and Lillas Fawcett Park parking lots.

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