Van Tassel Lake Trails

Record #: MDD0010
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020
Last Full Update: 12 Mar 2019


Located In Digby (Town)
Where To Find Us
859 Culloden Rd
Mount Pleasant, NS
Canada B0V 1A0
Areas Served Annapolis Valley Region ; Digby (Town) ; Digby County ; Municipality of the District of Digby ; Nova Scotia


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Contact Jonathan Riley, trail coordinator; Phone: (Business) 9022452861; Email:

Description & Services

Trail Rating Very little hill or stair climbing  Some moderate hill or stair climbing Well-groomed trails with very little more difficult terrainA significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths) Wilderness/Nature
Information The Van Tassel Lake Trails are situated on 550 acres of woodlands belonging to the Town of Digby, part of the Van Tassel Lake Watershed Area. 
The town's gravel parking lot at 859 Culloden Road in Mount Pleasant serves as a convenient trailhead complete with a map of and information about the hiking trails. 
The trail network consists of a combination of the town's access roads and wilderness walking trails. The wide gravelled access roads, open for walking and cycling only, lead to the bigger Van Tassel Lake, a smaller reservoir and dam downhill from the main lake, as well as to wind turbines operated by the Municipality of the District of Digby. 
The association of volunteers has also cleared and marked 6 km of hiking trails, including 2.8 km of single track hiking trail around the lake. The trail system also includes a 1 km spur leading to a look off with a view of nearby woodlands and through a gap in the hills to Conway, Smith’s Cove and Marshalltown. 
To keep up with developments and events on the VTLTA trails, visit and like the Van Tassel Lake Trails Association on Facebook.  
Gravel lot parking lot provides space for a half-dozen vehicles. 
Signage at the trailhead includes a map of the trail system. 
Please exercise safe outdoor recreation practices and always remember to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.  
Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle.  
Hunting is a popular activity in Nova Scotia.  
Please remember you are hiking in a wilderness area, and wearing "hunter orange" is advisable during hunting seasons (September to the latter part of December).
Trail or Water Route Map
Accessibility Not Wheelchair Accessible