There be Dragons Here: A Kentville Ravine Adventure

Record #: MCK0537
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022
Last Full Update: 11 Jan 2022


Located In Kentville
Where To Find Us
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Research Station
1390 Bridge St
Kingston, NS
Canada B0P 1R0
Areas Served Annapolis Valley Region ; Kentville ; Kings County (NS)


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Contact Dr Alan Warner, Earth Adventures; Phone: 902-385-6153; Email:

Description & Services

Trail Rating Moderate
Information Looking for a fun, outdoor adventure to complete with family and friends in Kentville Ravine? Try “There be Dragons Here” to discover the forest dragons and their secrets. The step-by-step instructions for this 2 km trail adventure can be downloaded at The approximate time to complete the adventure is 1.5 hours.  
Directions: Coming from Halifax on Highway 101 west, take Exit 12 and turn right at the end of the ramp to Highway 1. Go 3km and turn left at the stop-lights heading towards Kentville. Go 300m and turn left onto the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Research Station driveway to the left, 800m from the lights. Drive up the hill 250m and turn left at the main building, driving past the parking lots for 100m, turn right and go up the hill 200m. At the top of the hill there is a parking lot to the right and park there. Walk up the path and your adventure starts at the picnic shelter. 
The Kings Transit bus from nearby communities will drop you on Main Street at the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Research Station property in Kentville. Walk up the driveway from there following the directions above to the start of the trail. 
Length of trail: 2 km (return) 
About the trail: The Kentville Ravine is a beautiful old-growth Hemlock and Pine forest, one of the few that remains in eastern Canada. The trail runs along the Elderkin Brook between the Kentville and New Minas boundary. It is a popular spot for walkers, naturalists and biology educators and researchers. A short section of the trail going down to the ravine is steep with no railing. Wear sturdy footwear for steep inclines and walking over roots. It is easy walking along the brook once you are at the bottom of the ravine.
Eligibility Ages: 5 year(s) - 12 year(s) 
About Earth Adventures: Earth Adventures is an exciting new website and phone app ( that provides easy-to-follow instructions for self-guided activities for families and small youth groups on 30 short trails in some of the most popular and beautiful locales in Halifax and Kings Counties. Perfect for outdoor adventures with friends and family!
Accessibility This trail is not very accessible for strollers or wheelchairs due to the steep incline getting in and out of the ravine.

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