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Winter Hiking Option at Pomquet Acadian Trails

by Jim Cyr, on Tue, 12 Feb 2013 | No Comments

I decided to take the drive up to the Pomquet area, specifically to Monks Head to hike the local trails. We parked the car at Chez Deslauriers and checked out the trail map.

The general area was settled by George Monk in 1784, the home that sits on top of the hill was moved to its current location sometime after the 1860's.

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Since then the area has become a source of local development by the local community which includes tea room, interpretive centre and outdoor stage.

But today I arrived with my partner, Keji the black lab, to hike the trails on this November day.

6km of coastal trails are part of adventure, you can add several more if you consider the adjacent Pomquet Provincial Beach Park.

The trail system, developed in 2005, offers a linear and a couple loop trail around Chez Deslauriers, which is within the Monks Head Provincial Park Reserve. We decided to do the linear trail and check out the coastal views.

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We started out walking across the open fields from Chez Deslauriers then downhill to the main trailhead. We passed through a softwood forest until we hit the Barachois pond and the water. Nearby cranberry bushes offer a nice contrast to the coastline.

The trail passed fairly close to the cliff to a few viewpoints. We encountered a few benches which would make a great spot for a quick bite to eat.

Not a lot of wildlife tracks, deer and smaller animals were noted. The trail is well marked and is generally considered a footpath. Cell phone reception is good in most spots along the trail.

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