Kentville's Burgher Hill becoming bike destination

Jennifer Hoegg
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Bike races planned for Apple Blossom weekend

What’s going on at Burgher Hill?

That has been a frequently asked question in Kentville for the past few weeks as digging and delving has been going on at the popular sledding destination.  The town is putting in a mountain bike course. 

Rest assured, recreation director Rachel Bedingfield said May 16, sliders won’t be inconvenienced next winter.

“None of the obstacles interfere with sledding,” she said. “(The course is) the side of the hill where no one sleds anyway. This was a piece of space that was unusable because of the wetness.”

Bedingfield said the $12,000 project has been planned for some time and was recently approved by council.  Kentville Recreation hopes to invest in bikes and offer additional programming at the site.

“It will be biggest course east of Montreal,” she said of the four-cross track. TrailFlow Adventures, owned by Wolfville’s Michelle Marcinkiewicz and Ryan Lindh, has been hired to do the trail construction.

At the site May 16, Lindh and Marcinkiewicz were hard at work. Despite being set back slightly by sandy soil, the work should be done far ahead of Apple Blossom weekend, the pair said.

Bedingfield said she didn’t expect there to be additional maintenance cost for the site.

“It will need a little bit of work over time,” Lindh said.  “Once it’s packed down, it’s pretty durable.”

Trail Flow is also hosting a mountain bike festival event in Kentville on Apple Blossom Weekend.

 “Lots of big rollers and banked turns” will be exciting features at the first four-cross race on the hill May 31 as part of Spring Shredfest, Lindh said. “You’ll race down four at a time in elimination format. The top two finishes move on to the next round and the slower two go to consolation rounds.”

The race is for riders 13 and up and full-face helmets are required.

“With four people going on at the same time, there’s opportunity to get bumped a little bit,” Lindh. “It’s going to be really fun.”

Geographic location: Kentville, Montreal

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Recent comments

  • ryan lindh
    May 21, 2014 - 06:49

    Thanks for posting this article! We're getting very close to being finished with the building now and should be done in the next day or two. Also thanks for clarifying the correct spelling and origin of the name as "Burgher Hill" Louis. I'll be changing the spelling on our events posters to correct error. Cheers, Ryan

  • Wheelfast
    May 21, 2014 - 03:38

    Glad to see a downhill course built in the valley. This should be a good draw for the town and help local riders hone thier skills to allow them to ride better and faster. The Valley will be able to produce more riders towards the national level atleast. This will allow younger riders to ride thier bikes on a supervised course. For the snow boarders

  • Darlene
    May 20, 2014 - 20:52


  • Louis Comeau
    May 20, 2014 - 19:32

    Nice article on the old toboggan hill - however only wish you would spell the name of the hill properly. It's spelled BURGHER HILL not Burger Hill. It was named after Arnold Burgher who worked at the Experimental Station back in the 1950s to the 1960s.

  • Shelley
    May 19, 2014 - 15:07

    Looks great! A great addition to our community! :) Ignore the negative...haters gonna hate.

  • McKenzie
    May 19, 2014 - 14:25

    Actually we do sled ( snowboard )on the side of the hill right where your new course is . a bunch of us use that side of the hill cause it is better , softer, and smoother . thanks for ******* it up for us , we might be able to turn your new bike track into a snowboard slope and **** up your track

  • Kevin
    May 19, 2014 - 06:16

    Shouldn't say in the storey that full face helmets will be required then have pictures of somebody going down the hill with out one. Safety rules apply to all.

    • Three
      May 19, 2014 - 11:41

      Calm down superman. The course is clearly not finished or running at full speed yet. He's simply testing things out to make sure the transitions are correct.