The Empire Trails are located in Gore on a 1000acre block of farm land owned by Courthouse Hill Farm, one of the oldest farms in North America established in 1784. Gore is centrally located in Nova Scotia along the Rawdon Hills, half way between Truro and Windsor and 45 minutes North of Halifax. The valley of Gore offers a diverse hilly terrain with lots of top soil and park like old growth forests that create exciting conditions for Mountain biking.
Years of hard-working trail teams lead by the Blois family and the Mountain biking community have designed and constructed a one of a kind trail system for everyone. The trails have been mapped out like a ski hill with green, blue and black diamond lines. Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider, the Empire Trails offers a trail system designed for all skill levels and age groups.
To provide a world class recreational mountain biking and hiking destination in Atlantic Canada. We strive to create experiences that brings together our community, visitors to the region, as well as stimulating our economy.
Mountain biking in Gore first began over 20 years ago in 1995. The Blois family and friends started building trails on the farm property beginning with an 8km loop on a 1000 acre block. Group rides followed and word soon spread of the trails. In 1997 the first mountain bike race was held. Bike shops such as Cyclesmith, Slick Rock Cycle, Sports Wheels, and Bicycles Plus organized annual mountain bike
races throughout the years.
Gore is famous for creating mountain biking experiences dating back to the hay-day of riding. Events such as 8 Hours of Gore and Gorefest grew to some of the largest in Atlantic Canada with almost 500 participants in some events. The trails have also been home to about 20 point series races and 1000’s of group rides.
Gradually year by year, the trail system expanded and evolved with new and improved trails, to what it is today, an advanced 20km trail network known as the Empire Trails.