Our Communities: Timberlea - Halifax Real Estate Remax Nova

Published 15 January 12 05:34 PM | Merv Edinger 

Timberlea is a community located on the rural/suburban fringe of the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada, along the St. Margaret's Bay Rd (Highway #3), which extends from the Armdale Rotary to the Head of St. Margaret's Bay. It begins about 8 miles/13 km from downtown Halifax. The name means a broad meadow in a forest.

Timberlea is fairly flat on the northern side of the St. Margaret's Bay Rd., and the topography rises on the southern side, to the 103 highway. The community is mostly situated within the watershed of Nine Mile River, which empties into Shad Bay, near Peggy's Cove on the St. Margaret's Bay. The western portion of Governor's Lake, and all of Fraser's Lake are with the community. The flora is predominantly softwood and mixed Boreal Forest, and the bedrock is granite throughout, with many outcrops including several areas of barrens which offer good blueberry and huckleberry picking.

The area has good out-door recreational facilities and opportunities. The Beechville Lakeville Timberlea (BLT) Rails to Trails Association has turned its 13 kilometres of the old Halifax and Southwestern Railway bed from Beechville to Hubley into well maintained hiking/cycling/ATV rail trail which connects with a similar 32 km stretch maintained by the similar St. Margaret's Bay organization.

View from the Bluff Trail at Cranberrry Lake.

The Bluff Trail, a 30 kilometre network of non-motorized wilderness trails, branches off the BLT Trail at Cranberry Lake. Swimming is available at Governor's Lake and, if a good community access point can be re-established on Fraser's Lake, which offers opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. There are tennis and basketball courts and a ball diamond in Greenwood Heights, several basket ball nets and a well-build playground at the BLT Elementary School, and tennis courts and a skateboard facility at the Lakeside Community Center. Indoor recreation programs are run year-round at this center as well.


Shopping is limited within Timberlea so many locals prefer to shop in the following 2 areas: 

Bayer’s Lake Retail Park:
This park is one of Metro’s primary shopping, entertainment, and dining destinations. Large open air shopping malls and large stand alone chain stores abound. 17 stadium style theatres are located here along with an IMAX, a dozen family style restaurants, Chapters, Outlet stores, etc.

Clayton Park shopping district:
Primarily a personal shopping area, such commodities as banking, groceries, videos, pharmacies, bakeries, etc, can be found here.

Housing Types

The two major housing types in the area are Single family and semi-detached homes. There are very few apartments or condominiums in the area. There are several older and 2 new subdivisions in the area.

Beechville Estates: A subdivision featuring semi-detached and smaller 2 storey homes. The lots tend to be fairly small. A junior high School is located in the subdivision.

Governor’s Glenn: There is a combination of semi-detached, single family, and lake front homes to choose from.

Glengary Estates: An older subdivision featuring small 2 storey and semi-detached homes. There are currently a limited number of newly constructed houses for sale.

Brunello Estates: A new development under construction.


Timberlea is about 15-20 minutes from the downtown core. It is conveniently located near several major highways. Metro Tansit is available from most areas in Timberlea

For more information on homes for sale in Timberlea, please visit our website at http://www.MervEdinger.com

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