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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Attending #hikenovascotia summit this spring introduced me to new trails - those already well-travelled and others in-the-making - and to kindred-spirit hiking friends. Two of whom (#mindymccleave and #meganmoore) were eager to test new tents and experience a first over-nighter on the trail. I suggested we choose an entry-level hike within 3 hours of our homes, where I experienced my foray into overnight camping with @hammerhead @toesalad @reneetougas @brienne @mypictograph @celine, the Bluff Wilderness Trail which I’ve posted about before. https://wrweo.ca/wp/blufftrailmaprevised2016-10-26/. For having just met we were a very compatible three-some: stopped regularly for photos and snacks and views, shared enjoyable trail-talk, and maintained a steady hiking pace that got us into camp early enough for a dip in the lake, short trek to stream to filter water, and have supper eaten before the black flies chased us to our tents. A full moon; a symphony of peepers, loons, owls, geese - a magical night leading into the next day’s 4-hour hike back to the trailhead.
To and from the parking lot, plus the perimeter of the four trail loops and one cross-cut, we hiked about 33 KM - each carrying packs with 25-34 lb. We all agreed we’d packed along more than needed (excluding the tetra pak of red wine!) and that the trek was a unanimous success to launch into over-night hiking!
Saturday, May 13 was a stellar outdoor day, and being host and tour guide for family visitors (my oldest brother and sister-in-law), a perfect opportunity for a short hike at Blomidon Provincial Park, Nova Scoita. This same view @hammerhead and I have appreciated in another season on snowshoes.
I attended my first #hikenovascotia Summit this weekend, (Apr 28-30) near Tatamagouche in North Cumberland county https://www.cumberlandcounty.ns.ca/explore-cumberland.html - interesting presentations about “all things hiking” - in our province, Canada and the world. My hiking destination bucket list is longer, I’ve a new appreciation for trail-making and maintenance, my portfolio about gear and safety knowledge is expanding, and my hiking friendships base is rippling wider and wider! What really excited me is that a couple longer, several-day hiking trails are initiatives in the works! Seven of us (and visitors who loved to play games!) shared a large AirB&B house . Like most active people who wholeheartedly engage with others so-minded - the few hours we spent inside this house was an experience in laughter, unlimited delicious (mostly) healthy food, deepening friendships - and a beautiful ocean view. @janicerand, @yvonnekerr, @lynnmorrison, @nancymarieveinot .....https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/13362046. Great weekend, gifted with fine hiking weather, and kudos to https://www.hikenovascotia.ca for job well done. I hope to attend in 2018 at Cape Breton.
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.