The District of the Municipality of West Hants covers 124,200 hectares of land. Within the Municipality, the Avon River empties into the Minas Basin where the world’s highest tides rise and fall along 160 kilometers of shoreline and the banks of tidal rivers. Thirty kilometers of dykes protect 2,436 hectares of land. A variety of lakes and rivers provide opportunities for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boating. There are two Provincial Parks (Smileys and Falls Lake), two Park Reserves (Cheverie Salt Marsh and St. Croix), wilderness areas, 12% protected lands (as identified by Environment NS,) and Crown land within the Municipality.
Citizens of the Municipality use parks and open space for personal and organized recreation, to connect with people, and to enjoy nature. The Municipality currently owns and/or manages 73 parcels of parks and open space land, totaling 492.5 acres. Of those 73, 43 parcels are used by citizens for recreational purposes. Currently 21 sites are developed and maintained as recreation sites: Dr. Silas Rand Park, Shamrock Ball Field, Chittick Park, John Wiley Walkway, Fundy Centennial Park, Foundry Field, McDade Park, Hantsport Riverbank Cemetery, Prince Street Path, Eldridge Road Recreation Site, Falmouth Mini Park & Causeway Trail, Falmouth Boat Launch, Irishmans Road Recreation Site, St. Croix Recreation Site, Brooklyn Fire Hall Trail, Cheverie Salt Marsh Restoration Trail, Kempt Quarry Recreation Site, Hobarts Beach, Upper Burlington Planters Trail, Avondale Wharf & Waterfront, and Armstrong Lake. Many of these sites have trails, which have been listed below.