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Four-season fun at Ellenwood Park

by Carla Allen, on Mon, 17 Feb 2014 | No Comments

Visitors will find Ellenwood Park, just outside Yarmouth, offers four seasons of fun. Whether it's skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in the winter, or swimming, camping and boating in warmer weather.

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A Winter Hike at Sackville Lakes

by Amanda Cashin, on Fri, 03 Jan 2014 | No Comments

Until last fall I hadn't thought of Sackville as a place to enjoy a bit of nature. That was before I discovered Sackville Lakes Provincial Park. This past summer, the province of Nova Scotia designated the 292 hectare site along First and Second Lake in Lower Sackville as Sackville Lakes Provincial Park. The media buzz around this designation had me itching to lace up my hikers and check it out.

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Take a Right at Lunenburg to Gaff Point

by Jim Cyr, on Fri, 15 Nov 2013 | No Comments

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.

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Beaches, Bridges & Wildlife - Camping Northumberland Shore

by Devin Trefry, on Mon, 23 Sep 2013 | No Comments

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.

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Hiking Admiral Lake Loop

by Jim Cyr, on Wed, 11 Sep 2013 | No Comments

We approached the trailhead just before the foot bridge where a bench and an outhouse are available. From here, we started the climb up towards Eunice Lake. We changed from easy path to remote wilderness footpath.

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Driftwood & Dining Adventure in Advocate Harbour

by Devin Trefry, on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 | No Comments

The beach was lined with an incredible fortress of driftwood that protected our private oasis. It was covered by smooth rocks tumbled by the extreme tides, with a strip of black sand that was perfect for walking. Sara and I enjoyed our surroundings while the kids decided to brave the chilly water. They were splashing about and having a blast!

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Hiking Rogart Mountain Trail

by Jim Cyr, on Thu, 15 Aug 2013 | No Comments

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.

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Our Annual Cape Split Hike

by Lisa Kamperman, on Thu, 04 Jul 2013 | No Comments

I ventured off by myself for a few moments to sit quietly and enjoy the warmth of the sun as I sat next to the cliffs. Overlooking the Bay of Fundy at Cape Split will never get old.

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Backcountry Hiking & Biking at Kejimkujik

by Jim Cyr, on Wed, 19 Jun 2013 | No Comments

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.

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Hiking around York Redoubt

by Jim Cyr, on Mon, 06 May 2013 | No Comments

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.

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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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Winter Hiking Option in Gully Lake and Pancakes!

by Jim Cyr, on Wed, 09 Jan 2013 | No Comments

Our main goal was to hike for about two hours and drive 5km to nearby Sugar Moon Farms to enjoy some pancakes and maple syrup. A small reward for our adventure.

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A New Light on November

by Devin Trefry, on Thu, 22 Nov 2012 | No Comments

Being that it was November (with no leaves left on the trees) we had an extraordinary view of the water most of our way and we even saw a partridge! The funny thing is that it wasn't until two days later that I realized the connection... we saw a partridge... on "Partridge Island" - how cool!

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Trails and Bears, Oh My!

by Jim Cyr, on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 | No Comments

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.

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Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness

by Jim Cyr, on Wed, 10 Oct 2012 | No Comments

Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness is one of the many hidden day-use gems that you will drive past and not give it a second glance. However, an hour is all you need to discover its beauty.

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Paddle & Portage... and a Yurt!

by Jim Cyr, on Fri, 14 Sep 2012 | No Comments

As part of my quest to experience all of the yurt options in Nova Scotia in 2012, I planned a two day paddle & portage expedition through the backcountry of Kejimkujik National Park.

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A "Wow" Adventure

by Devin Trefry, on Fri, 06 Jul 2012 | No Comments

It wasn't long before we could see and hear the clearing ahead. It was more magnificent than I had remembered. My daughter echoed my thoughts with an enthusiastic "WOW!" as she took in her dramatic new surroundings.

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Wilderness Hiking Within City Limits!

by Jim Cyr, on Mon, 28 May 2012 | No Comments

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.

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Walk amongst the windmills

by Carla Allen, on Sat, 21 Apr 2012 | Comments (4)

The Pubnico Point Wind Farm provides a unique location for walking.

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There's Copper In Cape d'Or, Not Gold!!

by Jim Cyr, on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 | No Comments

Samuel de Champlain visited the Bay of Fundy in 1604 and legend has it that he named this area Cape d'Or because the copper minerals reflecting from the cliffs reminded him of gold. However, the copper was known to the local Mi'kmaq far before that time. Champlain found copper on the west side of the point.

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