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.
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.
The terrain offers a challenge for anybody who has been wanting more than groomed trails. At many points along the trail, you will need to watch your step. There are plenty of views along the way, but one has to stop so that he/she doesn't trip. The added difficulty also means that you will be taking a lot longer to cover the distance.
The big camping experience last winter was spending a night in a yurt at kejimkujik national park. The only problem was finding an open weekend to book one of the two Yurts at the park. With time running out, we booked a single overnight in late March at the Eel Weir Yurt.