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West Bathurst Trails

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Tunnel on the West Bathurst Trails

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Quick Facts

Difficulty easy
Trail Type loop
Distance 7.4 km +
Estimated Time 1 to 5 hours
Surface Type crushed rock, old road
Elevation Change 28 meters
Features forest
Trail Markers signs
Scenery Rating recreational
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception strong
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees none

Description

The trails in West Bathurst are a choose your own adventure type trail system. The main crushed rock trail loops through the woods accessing several schools, shopping centres and the KC Irving Regional Centre. In between are many old roads the criss-cross through the woods. I would suggest using the GPS on your phone and explore.

Apple blossoms along West Bathurst Trails

Parts of the trails overlap ATV and snowmobile trails, and some travel along (and under) the railroad tracks. In the summer months there are many wildflowers along the trail to enjoy. The trails travel through a mix of fields, forest, and old gravel pits. There are several small streams the bisect the trails.

The good news is that the trails are contained between the highway and St. Peters Avenue. If you get turned around you won't be long before you will come out to a parking lot or road where you can get your bearings. You can also just stay on the main crushed rock trail and return the way you came. It is a great place to explore in the middle of the city!

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Directions

The West Bathurst Trails can be accessed from many places around the city. The main access points that I found are the parking area off the end of MacDonald Street, behind the KC Irving Regional Centre, behind the Dollarama on St. Anne Street, and next to the Squire Green Golf Club off of Riverside Drive.

The parking lot at the end of MacDonald Street for the West Bathurst Trails

There are access points from behind École Secondaire Népisiguit on St. Anne Street, and behind Parkwood Elementary School on Highland Avenue. There are also many subdivisions that have access to the trail system. Find an access point on the map that works best for you.

Trail Last Hiked: May 28, 2021.

Page Last Updated: December 11, 2021.