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Calvary River

Calvary River Calvary River Wilderness Area protects old forest and river corridors in the Salmon River watershed near Truro.

This includes the lower Black and Calvary rivers, and a portion of the Salmon River into which they drain. With over 14 kilometres of river and several large and small brooks, this wilderness area provides important habitat for Atlantic salmon and brook trout.

The old forest of this area is a remnant in what is predominantly a forestry and farming region of the province. The slopes and floodplains along Calvary and Black River harbour impressive stands of old hardwood forest, with large sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch, and white ash trees. Some stands on the lower slopes contain old red spruce forest.

At least 10 species of rare sedge and other rare floodplain plants occur along the rivers.

Protection of these provincial lands significantly improves representation of the Central Rolling Hills natural landscape in the provincial protected areas network.

Located just outside of Truro, this wilderness area is used for walking, angling and hunting, and is suitable for cross-country skiing. The area offers opportunities for nature appreciation and wildlife viewing close to a major population center. Nova Scotia Environment intends to work with the All-terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia (ATVANS) to ensure connectivity within the regional off-highway vehicle trail network.

Twenty hectares of the wilderness area overlap with Manganese Mines Wildlife Management Area. These lands now have dual designation as wilderness area and wildlife management area. Wilderness area designation will not affect a Nova Scotia Community College lease here, nor the existing prohibition of hunting and trapping within the wildlife management area.

Boundaries for the wilderness area are modified from those identified in the Province’s 2013 Parks and Protected Areas Plan. Some younger forests with previous investment (thinning) are no longer included, while additional old forest has been added. Some boundary lines were also straightened to simplify surveying and management.

Originally identified as a candidate nature reserve in the Parks and Protected Areas Plan, the lands have been designated as wilderness area. This allows continued hunting and angling, and provides some flexibility for addressing off-highway vehicle use interests.