OK. It’s been awhile. But there’s no time like the present to get caught up. Right?
I spent the summer of ’15 hiking, camping, cottaging, and generally enjoying the blessings of being from the east coast of Canada. Trails Nova Scotia provides maps and details on over 200 trails in the province…and I’ve been to SO many places I didn’t know existed!
Everytime I ‘discovered’ a new hike or beach, I felt a little panicked that there was no way I was going to keep all these places sorted out. Thus…my personal inventory of the places I’ve been and places I want to visit again…In case my my memory fails me before my knees do…
Colpitt Lake Trail
An early May hike around Colpitt Lake with some wonderful water views as well as some city landscapes. You don’t have to go far from the city to get back to nature…exposed bedrock, rough glacial terrain, a little bush whacking…a little more bush whacking..
Do It Like Moses..Walking on the ocean floor in the Bay of Fundy
Hiking along the Bay of Fundy from Soley Cove to Five Islands Park. We started the hike about two hours after high tide, giving us plenty of time to explore the bottom of the bay. This is much the same route followed by runners in the “Not Since Moses” event. http://www.notsincemoses.com/ About 8 km of amazing shoreline that is covered by up to 45 ft. of water at high tide!
On Canada Day we took on steep hills, water crossings, and rough trails in the Purcell’s Cove backlands; hiked to a lookoff, touched on Colpitt and Flat Lakes before heading back down to Teabag Lake for a swim.
The Western Shore
This Western Shore day wasn’t so much of a hike as an adventure. We started out with an Intro to Rock Hounding session presented by the President of Scotian Lapidary at the Lookoff Family Campground, in Canning. Once we knew what to look for we moved on to Scot’s Beach (where rocks find their way down from Amethyst Cove) for some rock hounding and then to Halls Harbour, a very picturesque village outside Canning. Finally, we headed to Blue Beach (a beach full of fossils) for an early evening bonfire. The step count wasn’t really up there, but I had just visited four places I didn’t know existed. Score!
Duncan’s Cove is about 20 min outside of Halifax. It’s a very scenic 7 Km hike that takes about two hours unless you’re hiking with a group of photographers in which case you should book off four or five hours…There’s lots to take photos of…
Taylor Head Provincial Park
Taylor Head Provincial Park is located southwest of Sheet Harbour and occupies a rugged wind swept peninsula that juts 6 km into the Atlantic Ocean. Taylor Head offers three different hikes so you can hike 2, 9, or 17 kl. I love the 17 kilometers along the ocean. This one I’ll do again…
Looking at my pictures, it looks like our week at the Brule shore was all about the sunsets. They were spectacular, but we also made it to the Seafoam Lavender Farm, the Lismore Sheep Farm, the Tatamagouche Butter Trail, had back yard bonfires, and played ladder golf…Where are those pictures?? Anyway…the sunsets were like this…
Off we went to another round of Big Dam Frozen Ocean canoeing. Last year we did this loop in a weekend and this year we promised ourselves we’d take more time, more pictures, more swimming…As luck would have it we picked that week in August that saw temperatures hitting 40 degrees in the city…What a week to be in the backcountry…
Micous Island is a 22-acre tidal island located near the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay. The island is accessible by a sandbar at low tide. In 2007, the island was purchased through a community fundraising campaign and is now being cared for jointly by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and the St. Margarets Bay Stewardship Association.
We got a guided tour of the island from Mike Lancaster with some history and lots of tree theory (He’s a Forestry grad…)
So…that was summer 2015! Nova Scotia has 7600 kilometers of coastline and over 200 mapped hiking trails; I suspect there are still a few good hikes I’ve yet to discover. I was definitely struck by how may beaches there are and how each one is different….It seems I’m not the first person to notice this…