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Derek Hendsbee

Hiking Forster Island

by Derek Hendsbee, on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 | Comments (3)

ccove1.jpgCharlos Cove is a moderately sized Acadian village located on the edge of Tor Bay on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. A traveler can pass through this village in less than a minute without ever suspecting a great hike was nearby. I've visited the community dozens of times and didn't know until someone explicitly provided me with directions. As soon as I heard the description I was itching to check it out for myself.

Locals simply refer to 'The Island' though the map refers to it as Forster Island. The unique thing is how you get there. At low tide a causeway emerges and you can walk the 100 or so meters from the mainland across to the island.

I parked my motorcycle, excited by the prospect of exploring a spot that's been right under my nose all these years. When I reached the water I could see the tide was on its way in. I gave myself half an hour, which makes little sense for someone who doesn't wear a watch but I set my mental clock and told myself not to go too far otherwise I would be in for wading and wet feet.


The island is deceptively large. There is a lovely marsh in the center is hidden from view until you are actually there. On the outer most edge there is a great view of the entire bay and smaller exposed islands a few kilometers off.


In keeping with the self-imposed time constraint I walked across the middle of the island to scout using what little time I had. Luckily I was wearing my heavy pants for the motorcycle. The brush and thorns would have shredded my shins had I only been wearing shorts.


Once on the opposite side of the island, I reluctantly returned to the little causeway. Most of it had vanished in that short time. From a distance what remained still appeared to be completely dry but when I crossed I encountered places where I was forced to step into four or five inches of water. Another ten minutes and I would have been over my boots.

I don't know the entire window of opportunity but if you cross as the tide is going out there is likely to be 3 hours before having to vacate again. The option to wade is at your discretion.


You can check my map for directions.


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    by Becky P on, September 17, 2011 3:25 PM

    Wonderful photos and post! I love Nova Scotia and the next time I am there, I will try to find this place.

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    by Laurel Alexander on, September 17, 2011 3:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed al of your article. YOu do sucha great job. Keep sharing. Thanks

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    by Andrea Richard on, February 1, 2012 12:08 AM

    I loved that you have found this wonderful place and enjoyed it. I spent every summer there with my grandparent when a was a child, They have passed on since but my father is there pretty much all summer every year.This place is beautiful and the people are wonderful.In your photo's you can see our house which is always nice to see. Thank you for taking the time to write and put up these beautiful pictures:)
    Andrea Richard