Martins River Bridge

Welcome to the beginning of The Dynamite Trail to Mahone Bay.  You are at the magnificent Martins River Bridge which was built in 1903 and recently refurbished in 2022.

This project included the two piers which stand on bedrock in Martins River.  They are formed with massive granite blocks, quarried from the railway’s own quarry in North River near New Germany.  Best viewed from the road below, each block is gradually tapered to result in the distinctive shape of the piers.  On the Eastern side of the bridge, a wooden trestle forms the last part of the span.

Martins River flows directly into the ocean and this bridge marks the end of navigational water at high tide.  To the east, the Chester Connector Trail, and ultimately the Rum Runners Trail, takes you all the way to Halifax.  To the West is one of the prettiest sections on the trail system in Nova Scotia; and we invite you to continue to the end (10km) or continue on to Yarmouth!