You don’t need to travel far from home to find the best winter hikes. Recently, I decided to hook up with the old Railway trail, and what some in the community believe is a connection in the Trans Canada Trail. I started my trek at the Beacon Street Dam, and walked half way around to meet up with the old railway line trail. My 6km winter hike took me from Beacon street dam to the Tim Horton’s in Dominion. I could have trekked further on but decided that 6km was a good distance for the day.
You get the Backyard view of Glace Bay and Dominion, as most of the trail runs through the backyards of a few communities in town. The winter hike is a neat alternative to sidewalks and roadways. It is a quiet, easy hike that takes you through gullies, and the backroads of town. A solitary trail winds through the towns of Glace Bay, and Dominion taking you away from the bustling traffic of the day.
I had someone drop me off at Beacon Street Dam, and then pick me up at Tim Horton’s in Dominion. If you don’t have the same kind of luxury, you can easily park your car at Beacon Street Dam, walk the 6 km to Tim’s in Dominion and then trek back for a total of a 12km winter hike.
You can easily pick up and start the winter hike at numerous areas in the town, as the trail passes across a few roadways. You don’t have to go 6km in a day if you are new to winter hiking, but pick up and start the hike where ever you feel like it. Do a 1 km hike if you are new to winter hikes.
My day ended with a cup of joe at the local coffee joint, but you might prefer a London Fog for a sweet alternative. Next week I am going to start my winter hike from the Tim Horton’s in Dominion, move west for another 6 or so Km to see where I land.
When hiking in winter, make sure to wear warm clothes and good winter hiking boots. A backpack with a water bottle and maybe even a thermas filled with coffee, or other warm drink you favor is always recommended. Always take a camera too, because you never know the sights you may see on the trail. If you like hiking to a little bit of music take an mp3 player or iPod, though sometimes on the trail the sounds of nature is quite enough.
Most importantly, have fun out there exploring your community nooks and valleys. Hope to see you on the trail ways this winter. Winter hikes can be an enjoyable way to get out and experience winter. Even if you are like me, and like to hibernate, I am sure there is at least one winter hike in you this year, so get out, and enjoy it.