Castle Rock in East River is the Municipality of Chester's newest public open space. Previously private property, it was sold to the Municipality along with another, smaller parcel so the public could enjoy the popular spot overlooking the Mahone Bay.
We are hosting a guide hike! Please join us on March 24, 2018 for a tour of the picturesque location. Click here for more details!
Hike, Bike and ATV to the heights of East River with panoramic views. Trails are now marked (click on image below for map).
Click to view the trail map or drop by the Recreation & Parks Department at 151 King Street in Chester to pick up your paper copy.
Welcome to Kaizer Meadow Wind Turbine Campsite! We are located at 177 Kaizer Meadow Road (off Route 14), Sherwood.
We are excited to offer visitors the opportunity to rest, visit or stay overnight in this unique setting. The area can accommodate five or six tents, has a fire pit with granite seating, picnic tables, portable washroom facilities and an exceptional view of the Municipality's wind turbine. Because of the proximity to Card Lake, trails and wilderness areas, this space is a prime location for those wanting to explore the surrounding natural environment.
The Municipality of Chester operates 46 kilometers of trail on the abandon railway from Martins River to Hubbards. The route connects our communities, serves as a safe off-road passage within our villages, and features some of the natural beauty of the South Shore.
Many kilometers of the trail have been upgraded to a crusher dust surface and this combined with the flat terrain make it ideal for easy travel. This is a multiuse trail so you should expect to see walkers, cyclists, Off Highway Vehicles and even horseback riders. In the winter you may come across people on snowmobiles, skiing and snowshoeing.
The Municipality officially opened the 35 kilometer Chester Connection Trail (Martins River to East River) on July 19, 2003. Shortly after, we took over the 11 kilometer Aspotogan Trail (East River to Hubbards). The Municipality has a Letter of Authority from the Department of Natural Resources, the owners of the land, to operate the trail.
Beyond Hubbards, the trail connects to The Rum Runners Trail. Click here to visit their awesome website!
The old rail bridges hold a special allure on the trail and there are 12 of them in the Municipality. The Gold River Bridge is the longest and highest span at 367 feet long and 56 feet high. Not quite as grand but equally as beautiful is the Middle River Bridge and East River Bridge.
The best way for all trail users to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the trail is to be polite and courteous to each other.
• Respect the trail and adjacent landowners
• Always be aware of other trail users
• Stay to the right when approaching fellow trail users
• Obey all posted signs
• Clean up after your pets and keep them on a leash
• Walkers can't always hear someone approaching from behind. A friendly "hello" or ding of your bell is appreciated
Off Highway Vehicles should always be extra cautious when meeting another trail user, preferably pulling over to the side of the trail and stopping while the other person passes by.
You are responsible for your own safety while on the trail; therefore, exercise caution at all times. Please keep in mind the following rules while using the trail:
• Motorcycles, automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles and amphibious vehicles are not permitted at any time.
• Maximum speed is 20km/hr by any mode of transport
• No person shall use the trail between 11:00pm and 6:00am of the following day.
• All pets must be on a leash.
• No hunting or trapping is permitted.
• No person shall have in their possession or discharge a loaded firearm or bow.
• No person shall have in their possession an unloaded firearm or bow unless permitted under the Wildlife Act.
In Case of an Emergency Call 911.
To report safety or maintenance concerns notify the Municipality of Chester at 902-275-3490.
Location: 3883 North Street, Village of Chester (between Tim Hortons and Irving)
Whose idea was it to build a skate park?
The idea of building a skate park came from a recreation needs assessment conducted by the Municipality of Chester in 2003. At roughly the same time a group of Chester Area Middle School students were interested in the idea of building a skate park at the school. Not long after, a skate park committee was formed which consisted of municipal staff, school staff, community and parent volunteers, the RCMP and a keen group of students. They began to plan and fundraise and after five long years of hard work, the grand opening of Chester Skate Park was held June 13, 2009.
The Chester Skate Park was designed by Jim Barnum of Spectrum Skatepark Designs in BC, a skate park design company known for being "one of the world leaders in creating insane terrain" and who have completed skate park projects in North America, Europe and Asia.
The Chester Skate Park is 14,500 square feet and consists of both a street and bowl section. Features include a quarter pipe bank, grind rails, fun box, angled hubba ledge wall and drop ledge in the street section and a shallow end with a waterfall drop to the deep end of the bowl section.
Parents enjoy the opportunities to drop their kids off an
d shop in the Village, take a seat in the viewing area or walk the track adjacent to the park.
We installed a Fixit station in 2014 to give park us
ers the ability to make repairs to their bikes, skateboards, and scooters.
The Chester Skate Park has a reputation from both skateboarders and BMXers as being one of the best parks in the province to ride. We have regular visitors from all over the province and beyond. The size, design features and general atmosphere of the park attracts a wide range of age and skill level.
Every year we organize events at the Skate Park such as our skateboard and BMX competitions, but you might be interested to know a few fun facts:
General Skate Park Rules:
Code of Conduct:
Failure to abide by rules and code of conduct may result in seizure of equipment and/or loss of Skate Park privileges.
To report vandalism and maintenance issues call the Municipality of Chester Recreation and Parks at 275-3490.
In case of emergency dial 911.
Parents like to have a safe place for their kids to play and playgrounds are a great fit. Play equipment and some open green space present lots of opportunities for kids to do what they do best – run, play and have fun!
Croft Road Playground
Location: 25 Croft Road, Chester Basin
In 2004, the Municipality completed a total renovation of the Croft Road Playground in Chester Basin. The play structures were old, no longer met acceptable standards and needed to be removed. After the rebuild we ended up with a fantastic little playground and fenced in outdoor basketball / ground hockey court.
Gold River Playground
Location: 6200 Highway 3, Gold River
The Municipality of Chester took ownership of the former Gold River/Western Shore Elementary School in 2013. The facility is being transformed into a municipal office with community space, and the outdoor playgrounds and playing field are being kept open to the community. There are some traditional pieces of play equipment such as slides and swings, but there are also fun and unique elements such as the Geode with a complex inner structure of play ropes (it looks like a spider web). With Oak Island close by, the pirate ship at the front of the facility is a popular play structure where kids pretend to be pirates going to hide their treasure.
Municipality of Chester Islands People love to visit islands, there is just something exciting about landing on an island and exploring. Many islands are privately owned and not available for public use, however, the Municipality has played a small part in keeping some islands accessible by the community. In 2006, the Municipality of Chester was fortunate to partner with some generous families to secure three islands located just off Chester to be kept in public ownership, in their natural state, for the enjoyment of present and future generations.