My husband and I moved to the Maritimes in 2007 (Nova Scotia, Canada). We are gradually discovering multiple-day back country hikes and are having fun exploring new trails. The most recent was the Fundy Footpath, starting the evening of June 30 and finishing after lunch July 3. One trail book rates this trail strenuous: aptly designated! But we found it spectacular! Mossy mounds and rock faces, several water falls and ample water sources, many vistas of the Atlantic Ocean/Bay of Fundy - and grinding elevations. We don’t know if it’s because of its challenging terrain or the need to sync your trek with the tides or it’s just a well-kept secret - we saw fewer than 25 people on this hike, and it was a long week-end! We hiked with wet feet a couple days - boggy sections, fording brooks, half-day of rain - yet we are planning to hike this trail again, maybe the reverse direction. The word “footpath” carries different connotations - Fundy Footpath is definitely a well-marked trail but not an easy “walk in the park”! In our view: beautiful, physically demanding, one of the Maritime’s best. http://www.fundytrailparkway.com/en/the_fundy_footpath/
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The Bluff Wilderness Trail, https://wrweo.ca/wp/the-bluff-trail/, is a gem for enjoying wilderness so close to an urban area, in this case Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, Canada. My husband and I have hiked some or all the loops available several times; thank you to @toesalad and family for introducing it to us. April 23, 2017, was the earliest in the season we’ve hiked here, offering a different, more open view without the foliage. Very few hikers but a nice trek - logged close to 20KM.
This Christmas holiday season some of our family @hammerhead @reneetougas got out to enjoy our “quasi-tradition” of a Boxing Day (December 26th) hike on Hirtle’s Beach and Gaff Point (Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada). Compared to a very windy Christmas Day, it was a crisp but fine day - a perfect 7Km trek to build an appetite for leftover-turkey-with-trimmings supper. Shades of brown and green rather than white which suited me just fine!
Wonderful to have two women friends join me on September 5th for a long hike - about 25K, the perimeter of The Bluff Wilderness Trail, https://wrweo.ca/wrweo2014/BluffTrail/webMap.html - close to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This trail has four connected loops, excellent for choosing a trail depending on time frame, desire, and stamina. The first loop, Pot Lake Loop, has plenty of roots, rocks and boulders to navigate. A good workout with views for the effort. Pressing in to the back two loops, Bluff Loop and Hay Marsh Loop, you’re rewarded with a wilderness experience with open views of lakes, huge rocks (erratics) with some camping spots if you wish to make it a two-day adventure. Our day was warm with the occasional (very welcome) breeze, no bugs - limited wildlife: a few birds and two small green snakes.