The Mystery of the Black Duck: A Miner's Marsh Adventure

Record #: MCK0539
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022
Last Full Update: 11 Jan 2022


Where To Find Us
181 Coldbrook Village Park Dri Bridge St
Coldbrook, NS
Canada B4P 1B9
Areas Served Annapolis Valley Region ; Kentville ; Kings County (NS)


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Contact Dr Alan Warner, Department of Community Development, Acadia University, Earth Adventures; Phone: 902 385 6153; Email:

Description & Services

Trail Rating Easy
Information Looking for a fun, outdoor adventure to complete with family and friends in Miner's Marsh? Try “The Mystery of the Black Duck” to discover the secret to the survival of the black duck. The step-by-step instructions for this 1.5 km trail adventure can be downloaded at The approximate time to complete the adventure is 1 hour, 15 minutes.  
Directions: Coming from Halifax or the east, take Highway 101 west to the Annapolis Valley. Take Exit 12 and turn right at the bottom of the off-ramp towards Kentville/New Minas. Drive 1.5 km to the lights and turn left onto the Number 1 Hwy (Main St.) towards Kentville. Drive 2.3 km on Main St. and merge left onto the one-way Cornwallis St. in Kentville. Continue 150 m and turn right onto Barklay St. which is the driveway that goes behind the Municipality of Kings County Office and Courthouse building. Park at the far side of the parking lot and start at the Miner’s Marsh sign. The Kings Transit bus from nearby towns stops in downtown Kentville on Station Lane, just across from the Municipal Courthouse Building. 
Length of trail: 1.5 km return  
About the trail: This trail is very accessible, having broad flat gravel trails that loop around 2 open ponds that border the Cornwallis river. This wetland was acquired by Ducks Unlimited and constructed from a farmer’s field by the Town of Kentville who maintains the site for public enjoyment. The site has viewing platforms, picnic tables and interpretive signage and is very popular for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts due to the abundance of wildlife that uses the marsh throughout the year. Miner’s Marsh can be accessed from the abandoned rail line trail at the intersection of the trail with Leverett Avenue, and from the parking area behind the County of Kings Municipal building on Cornwallis Street in the Town of Kentville. 
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!
Trail or Water Route Map Trail map available at
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) - 100 year(s)
Accessibility Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers

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