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Derek Hendsbee

Thousands pass through Guysborough County every year either going to or coming from Cape Breton. Most are probably unaware of this as they drive along the Trans Canada at Aulds Cove. Most are likely focused on another destination and are not really open to the notion of a detour.

Because much of the County is generally overlooked there is still the possibility for discovery for those who do come. You don’t have to stand in line ups or shoulder your way through crowds though you may have trouble finding where to go and what to do. I’ll be writing about this very thing. If you do decide to visit you’ll have some insider information to help you enjoy your time in Guysborough County.

I’ve been kayaking for twenty years, recreational cycling for three years after a 10 year hiatus, photographed using film, stopped, then took it up again digitally in 2005. I grew up here, studied at St. Francis Xavier University and have continued living in or near the village of Guysborough as an adult.

Autumn Around Guysborough County

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 | Comments (3)

On one occasion I went over my boots late in the day while crossing a bog only to have my pants freeze solid on the ride home.

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Little Liscomb and a Little Luck

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 | 1 comment

The tracks ended after half a kilometer or so, but an easily discernible footpath continued on and eventually brought me to the edge of the ocean.

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Hiking Forster Island

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 | Comments (3)

Once on the opposite side of the island I reluctantly returned to the little causeway. Most of it had vanished in that short time.

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Cycling with Sherbrooke as the Hub

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

The smooth surface yields a sensation much like gliding. Without any bumps or interference from the road surface it just seems as if there is less friction involved making the whole affair more pleasurable - I seemed to be going faster with less effort.

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Chapel Gully Trail, Canso

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 | No Comments

It's possible to hike a variety of distances without backtracking. Interconnecting trails allow hikers to make loops to suit their time and/or energy levels.

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Terrific Guysborough County Cycling Loop

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 | Comments (2)

There are undulating hills on all sections but they are not steep or more than a few hundred meters long in most cases. The route is littered with views of Chedabucto Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Beach Hike at Port Bickerton

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 | No Comments

I was lucky. My visit occurred at low tide, walking on the hard-packed sand was better than any manicured trail. I enjoyed being at sea level with waves creeping right up to my feet.

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