The Empire Trails is one of the largest and most diverse single track trail systems in Eastern Canada. Experience it for yourself!
Mountain biking and trail building first began in Gore over 20 years ago in 1995. The Blois family and friends, led by older brother Beau, began building trails on the family farm. Word soon spread within the mountain biking community and riders began coming out to experience Gore’s exciting and diverse trails.
These races turned into weekend festivals with over 400 racers and Gore became popular for endurance racing.
In 2007, the trail system began to expand with Michael Blois taking the lead on new trail development. By 2012 Michael and friends had built 8kms of new single track trails while partnering with the bike shops to organize mountain biking events.
As the trail system became more advanced each year and the Blois family acquired more land, Michael and his team officially opened this trail system to the public in 2016 under the name, “The Empire Trails”.
Presently, the trail system has grown to over 20kms of well-groomed trails ideal for mountain biking and hiking. This trail system has become the first of its kind in Eastern Canada.
You will find the Empire Trails in Gore, Nova Scotia at the base of Courthouse Hill and Rawdon Hills. Gore is half way between Truro and Windsor and only 45 minutes north of Halifax.
The civic address is #2001, Hwy 202
Quality of Trails
The trails system consists of over 20kms of smooth and well-groomed trails, with big bridges and berms, a variety of elevations and scenic terrain with picturesque views. We also have a 100m dirt jump pump track under construction!
The Empire Trails are designed for all skill levels with detailed trail mapping found both online and onsite, are posted throughout the trails.
*See Empire Trail map below for a closer look at the extensive trail systems.
- Access the trail system at #2001 Hwy 202, Gore NS.
- Drive into the marked parking lots
- Make your way to the Red building in back called the “Honour Office”.
- Enter the office, read & sign our waiver form, and pay $5, placing both in the slotted box.
- Check the Trail Map posted in the office and follow the Trail mapping signpost towards the trail system.
- Follow the rules and have a blast!
Empire Trail Event Video
View our official Empire Trail video for a closer look into what our trail system is all about!
Empire Trail Map
The Empire Trails are located along the Rawdon Hills in the valley of Gore. This area is very hilly and there is a large gorge running through the centre of the trail system. Established in 1995 the trail system now has 20kms of well groomed trails designed to challenge every skill level and age group. Our trails have been professionally mapped and are now posted online and posted throughout the trails at each intersection with a “You Are Here” icon.
Trails have been named with difficulty level colour coded comparable to those used on ski hills. You won’t get lost experiencing some of the most amazing trails in Eastern Canada!