White Lake Wilderness Area

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White Lake Wilderness Area
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Location Nova Scotia, Canada
Nearest city Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Coordinates 44°51′09″N 63°11′00″W / 44.85250°N 63.18333°W / 44.85250; -63.18333Coordinates: 44°51′09″N 63°11′00″W / 44.85250°N 63.18333°W / 44.85250; -63.18333
Area 4,540 ha (45.4 km2)
Governing body Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

The White Lake Wilderness Area is a wilderness area located in Nova Scotia, Canada, in Halifax Regional Municipality.[1] Several trails, all owned by the Musquodoboit Trailways Association, pass through it; Gibraltar Rock Loop, White Lake Wilderness Trails, the Musquodoboit Rail Trail, the Bayers Lake Loop, and the Admiral Lake loop.[2]

The Wilderness area was established in the early 1990s as a commitment to protect certain areas of Nova Scotia that displayed unique terrain, fauna and/or flora. In the case of the White Lake Wilderness Area, this flora and fauna is rugged, lake-strewn, conifer forest. Inside the wilderness area are some 350-million-year-old bare granite ridges and knolls, White Spruce and Balsam Fir forests, with some groves of 100-year-old hemlock and the occasional large White Pine. Hardwoods, including White Birch, Red Maple, and Sugar Maple, can be found in some of the more protected valleys. [3]

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