While this historic beacon is open only from May through to October, it didn't stop us exploring the area surrounding it. The Walton Lighthouse is one of the few that can still be entered and climbed in Nova Scotia. So wile we missed out on the 20 foot climb to the top of the light, we were still able to enjoy the external view, and a wonderful sense of peace in the presence of this historic light.
The only hard thing about these resolutions is deciding which ones should be on our list for the year. It's never too late to make your own travel resolutions, so if you're in need of a few, here are some of ours for 2014 - along with suggestions on how you can make them happen.
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.
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.
Nova Scotians have long known Cape Breton to be a golf destination, ever since the first round was played on a former Sydney pasture in 1895. However, the rest of the world is starting to discover just why we call the following six courses the "Spectacular Six". With golf that will both challenge and delight you, you'll find these courses to be on par with the amazing views they offer. You might even get to do some whale watching while you tee off.
As we rounded the point at the far end of the island we were excited to see a curious seal pop up to greet us. Then we saw another...and then another... and another. They seemed surprised to see us, but I suppose it's not that often that they would have visitors there.