Jim followed the typical path after University at UNB - go to Ontario, get some experience in the high tech field and eventually plan to come back to the Maritimes. It only took Jim six years to make that decision but what was unexpected was choosing Nova Scotia as the place to establish his roots. Now he is making up lost time by exploring Nova Scotia via a few outdoor activities: camping, hiking, running & geocaching. With the help of his little gadgets, Jim will be exploring and discovering history, places & things in Nova Scotia.
Intermixed with the spruce forests, we would pass berry shrubs and barrens until we started getting close to the edge and finally getting a good look at the Bedrock cliffs of Gaff Point. At this point, my hiking buddy was leashed to make sure he stayed on-trail. We went around the point clockwise, so a good portion of the hike was along the bedrock exposures. We took a moment to enjoy the fantastic views of the glacial till as we rounded the point. From here, we saw the more recent trail work keeping us dry as we cross the last few boggy sections.
The clockwise loop of the Rogart Mountain Trail crosses a few streams and old foundations along the way. The climb isn't very hard and the trail is well used. Once we started the final climb to the summit, you could see some great views including Nuttby Mountain, the highest peak in mainland Nova Scotia. The mix of hardwoods and maple trees made the hike very scenic, we could imagine how nice it would be in the fall.
We spent two days deep in the backcountry of Kejimkujik National Park. The proposed route this year was 48 kms of hiking and/or biking across both the northern & southern portions of the park. Park users can travel one of three ways: hiking, biking & paddling. Our route focused on hiking & biking.
Starting in 1793, York Redoubt was an important defensive piece of the British during its various conflicts with France. With straight line of sight to both the Halifax Citadel and Fort McNab, York Redoubt was the first line of defense as you approached the Halifax Harbour.
The park itself is a popular day-use location during the summer with its green picnic space, beach and boat launch. In the winter,the hiking trails and the gated road becomes part of a larger network where you can enjoy snow shoeing or cross country skiing.
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.
The park offered two trails to explore, we decided to hike the longer Port Joli Loop. The trail featured more coastline. We hiked along the gravelled trail for about another kilometre until we got to the trailhead. I noted the colourful warning sign of bear activity in the area.