‘From Suburbs to Mountains’

Did you know that Halifax has a protected wilderness area right on the edge of the city? The Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area is a protected region of “urban wilderness,” with trails and lakes that are open to the public for hiking, canoeing, and camping.

The protection of this space is a cause that is close to the heart of President Bill Lahey, who says that the creation of this Urban Wilderness area was one of the highlights of his time as Deputy Minister of Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment. And so, this October, President Lahey is offering the King’s community a chance to explore the “urban wilderness!”

On Saturday, October 19, join President Bill Lahey for a wilderness hike to Blue Mountain, the highest point on Halifax’s Chebucto Peninsula.

We gather in the Quad for a 9:30 a.m. departure. We will then travel to a suburban cul-de-sac where the trail begins. During the hike we will enjoy a picnic lunch and participate in a conversation with Chris Miller and Caitlin Grady from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. We return in the early afternoon, in time for cookies and hot chocolate in Prince Hall.

All students, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome on this “Suburb to Mountain” hike! There is no cost for the hike and transportation to and from the quad is provided. Participants are asked to dress appropriately and bring their own water and snack/lunch. We go rain or shine!

To Register

Fill out and return the registration form and the Release of Liability waiver to Pamela Hazel in the President’s Office (2nd floor A&A) or to Stephanie Boudreau at the A&A Reception Desk before 5pm on Wednesday, October 16.

***If you are 18 or under, your parent/guardian must sign the waiver! Waivers can be mailed to Pam Hazel, A & A Building, University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax NS B3H 2A1.