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Tough walking on this cobbled section of beach

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside Hiking

Much of the hiking in Kejimkujik National Park Seaside is superb. I loved the desolate beauty of the place - wild flowers galore including the orchids pictured below that I'd never seen before, rocky beaches, stunted trees and spectacular ocean vistas. What I didn't love was locking eyes, not once but twice with a black bear before I bolted. I'd been looking out at a wave breaking over a rock in a beautiful section of…

Beautiful scenery around the Cape dOr Lighthouse

Cape D’Or Lighthouse – What a Stay Looks Like

I didn't appreciate the treat I was in for when I booked a one night stay in the lightkeeper's cottage - a stone's throw away from the Cape D'or Lighthouse. I'd left accommodation arrangements until the last minute - but sometimes the planets align and everything falls into place. This was one of those times. Cape d'Or Lighthouse location The Cape d'Or Lighthouse is about 6 km away from Advocate Harbour, a small community near…

Ready to go kayaking on the Bay of Fundy

Kayaking the Bay of Fundy, Cape Chignecto

Interested in kayaking  the Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides? The Cape Chignecto area of Nova Scotia is a great place to experience the tides. It's a beautiful, wild, unspoiled landscape best appreciated from the water. Over three to four hours kayaking the Bay of Fundy, you can see the massive variation in the tides. But if you've got the time you can also sign up for a scenic three day trip…

Kayaking the Cape Chignecto area

Random Observations & Facts About Nova Scotia

I have lived in Nova Scotia on two occasions in addition to spending a summer working out of Wolfville. When I finally  returned to the province after a long hiatus it was interesting to see and experience it with fresh eyes. Enjoy these 45 random observations and fun facts about Nova Scotia. 1. People aren't afraid of a little colour in Nova Scotia. It's a treat to see something other than beige. 2. The highest…

The beach at Halls Harbour Nova Scotia

Halls Harbour Nova Scotia for Beaches & Lobster

I have a soft spot for Halls Harbour Nova Scotia. It was the first place John and I purchased a home (all of $24K with five acres) though our house was a few miles up from the actual harbour. I hadn't been back to this picturesque fishing hamlet in roughly 30 years - and with the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound now in existence I had an excuse to visit. I planned to be in the…

Lots of islands filled with beautiful pine trees

Kayaking Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia

If you want to go paddling in Canada, one place that is little known outside of Nova Scotia is Kejimkujik National Park in the southwestern part of the province. Kayaking Kejimkujik or discovering the park by canoe - especially on a longer trip is one of the best ways to experience the park. There are lots of hiking trails in Kejimkujik - most short and relatively easy but they're generally in heavily wooded areas. That…

The hike to Cape Split is a great one for families & couples

Cape Split Hike in Cape Split Provincial Park

One of Nova Scotia's great day hikes has got to be the hike to Cape Split, just a 40 minute drive from Wolfville. It's not a knock your socks off kind of hike - that is until you get to the end of the trail. And then the views will literally take your breath away. Find a comfortable spot in the grass once you've hiked to the headland at Cape Split. Sit back and admire…

Kayaking out of Peggy's Cove

Kayaking Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

There is a timeless beauty to the Peggy's Cove area in Nova Scotia. I've been many times and I never tire of seeing the place. But until recently I had never seen it from the water. Kayaking Peggy's Cove from one of the nearby offshore islands provides a whole other perspective. It's surprisingly safe as you can tuck into the lee of islands and avoid big surf and swell. I spent a full day with…

Timeless coastal scenes in Blue Rocks

Blue Rocks Nova Scotia – A Stunning Village

I returned to Blue Rocks Nova Scotia after more than a 33 year hiatus. The last time I was here was in the early dating phase with my husband John - and we've been married now for almost 38 years. At the time we were both working as geologists for the summer in Nova Scotia - but for different companies. My company gave me a vehicle and a cook prepared our meals. His company gave…

Beautiful Peggy's Cove

Visiting Nova Scotia? Don’t Miss Peggys Cove

If you're visiting Nova Scotia don't miss Peggys Cove, just 44 km away from downtown Halifax. There's not much to Peggys Cove - a church, a handful of homes, a gallery or two, a restaurant and one B&B - with an incredible view and wonderful hospitality too I might add. You don't need long for a visit in Peggys Cove - perhaps a few hours - more if you're into photography or you want to enjoy…

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