I think a frog was the first to greet us, and then a few ducks. Next we were super excited to see something a little bigger moving toward us. It disappeared under water before we could identify it, but when it popped up again we realized that it was a beaver! I felt like one of those guys from a documentary wildlife show (Jack Hannah maybe?) as we sat quietly trying to get a closer look.
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.
Last spring I was talking with a friend from Ottawa who now calls Nova Scotia her home. We were discussing fun things to do for afternoon and weekend trips in Nova Scotia. I shared some ideas with her, and I could not believe how many things she had not tried or experienced yet. She told me she was going to start a Nova Scotia bucket list! I thought what a great idea; from all of the festivals, beaches, historical sites, food, music, tours, national and provincial parks, wild rugged coasts to beautiful inland treasures of all kinds, I couldn't wait to start my own.
There is nothing quite like the ocean air to rejuvenate the soul. As luck would have it, we have plenty of it in Nova Scotia for FREE. Camping is a great and budget friendly way to explore Nova Scotia and experience the great outdoors. Here are just 5 great places to camp by the sea...
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.
The period between 1850 - 1940 was an interesting time around Kejimkujik Lake. The area was populated with logging mills, gold mines, hunting lodges and cabins. Today when we enter the park, we don't see this part of history right away, especially since some of these locations are in less traveled sections of the park.
A great day of activities are shaping up over at Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site of Canada. The park is hosting their first geocaching challenge launch event on November 6th 2010
The main advantage of hammock camping is of course the comfort of not having to crawl out of your tent on your hands & knees in the morning. But other considerations such as reduced impact to a camp site, flexibility in the back country are what makes this a great alternative to the traditional one-person tent.