Spring is sprung, the grass is ris.
I wonders where d'em birdies is.
They say the birds is on the wing.
Ain't that absurd?
I always thought the wing was on the bird.
Birds, and an increase in wildlife in general, are definitely signs of spring here in Nova Scotia. My family and I look forward to this time each year for the return of our bunny friend "Diamond" - named for the unique white mark on his (or her...not sure) forehead. Diamond feeds on the clover in our backyard for the spring season and then seems to disappear for the rest of the year. So, in our part of the world we're pretty fortunate to have no shortage of spectacular parks and trails to explore and to get ourselves back in touch with nature. Right now I particularly recommend those with waterfalls.
With the spring rain, many waterfalls in our region are reaching their prime. A few suggestions of places to explore include Victoria Park in Truro (at least 2 sets of falls), Economy Falls in Economy, Ward's Falls (just beyond Parrsboro), and rumour has it the Rogart Mountain Trail (trailhead at Sugar Moon Farm in Earltown....mmm pancakes) has a number of waterfalls along it.
Another sign of spring is an increase in visitors to the area. I checked in with Kathy Fisher, the manager of visitor information centre at the Glooscap Heritage Centre, to see if she had noticed any difference in visitor traffic in recent weeks, and to be honest, I was quite surprised by her response: "Well, in the past couple of weeks we've had visitors from Greece, Ireland, Holland, Germany, France, Sweden, Mexico City, Colorado, Massachusetts, Idaho, Maine, Whitehorse, British Columbia..." and she continued to list just about every other province in Canada.
I was fascinated to hear that our area was attracting such a variety of visitors from so many places - especially so early in the season. So my next question to Kathy was "Why were they here? What did they seem to be interested in". As it turns out, a few that were from further afield were visiting sons or daughters who were here in Nova Scotia as exchange students. Others had expressed interest in seeing the Bay of Fundy and the tidal bore (another reason to vote for the Bay of Fundy as one of the new 7 wonders of the world: http://www.votemyfundy.com). Several had also toured the Glooscap Heritage Centre and were interested in learning more about the Mi'kmaq culture here in Nova Scotia.
Kathy expressed that a lot of "locals" were in picking up information to plan summer vacations and for hosting visitors this summer as well. Popular items seemed to be regional visitors guides, festival and event information and information on camping.
Yes, spring is sprung. Take the lead from birds and visitors from afar and get out and explore all of the amazing places and attractions around us here in Nova Scotia. Drop in and see Kathy and the gang at the Glooscap Heritage Centre (or a visitor information centre near you) to begin planning your next excursion. A few ideas to whet your appetite and get your creative juices flowing:
Tidal Bore Rafting season is now upon us
Head to Burncoat Head - site of the highest tides in the world - though go at low tide (you'll be amazed at how far the tide goes out) - check out Bing's Eatery and Socialhouse, Inklings in Wood, and Studio Glass along the way.
New Five Islands Municipal Park and Lighthouse - incredible view!!!
Fundy Geological Museum - totally new exhibit gallery
Check out the oldest reptile fossil on earth on display at the Joggins Fossil Centre.
That should keep you busy for a week or two...