This summer I'm going to visit Halifax for a conference. After the conference ends (~2PM), I'll have the rest of the day for myself, then will have to clear out of the hotel next morning (~10AM) and get on a plane that leaves at ~10PM.

I would like to visit one of those nice hiking trails you can read about on websites like Halifax Trails or even at the official website.

Is Long Lake Provincial Park my best option, with it being accessible by public transportation and having a wide spectrum of trail difficulty? What should I keep in mind? Do I have any other options?

My priorities are somewhat conflicting: I want a middle-difficulty trail for it to be interesting but I'm also time-constrained and I'll have nowhere to store my luggage (an 80L backpack, probably) on the last day. (It's probably not a good idea to go hiking on the flight day, anyway.)

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    From the reference to a provincial park I'll assume you mean Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 25, 2018 at 20:23

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I guess I can now answer my own question: Yes, Long Lake Provincial Park is a good place to hike for half a day. It seems like it's the most known park in Halifax after Point Pleasant Park, but the latter is more for walking than hiking.

Water looks brownish and there's some foam that's probably a product of algae, but locals have no trouble swimming in it in June (as opposed to the ocean), so I could have brought a swimsuit.

view at the forest from shoreline of the lake

I didn't see a lot of opportunities to climb (only one or two, maybe).

a small climb after water crossing

Most of the trail I've seen was just forest. Mosquitoes started being a bother in the afternoon. Definitely should have brought some repellent.

typical forest trail view

Some parts of the trail were damp from recent rains, and some were just puddles, so waterproof hiking boots proved very useful.

Another option was Herring Cove Backlands (which are in a few bus stops from Long Lake Provincial Park), but trails there are less marked and I didn't try to visit it.

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