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Sunset Over Seaside Kejimkujik National Park

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park for Camping

One summer I spent a few weeks in Nova Scotia traversing the province researching adventures for a book. I stayed in B&B’s for the most part but pulled out my compact, one man Eureka tent when the B&B option wasn’t available.

One such time was on the south shore of Nova Scotia. I had just finished biking in the Annapolis Royal area and planned to do a seaside hike in Kejimkujik National Park. Thomas Raddall Provincial Park is well positioned to access Kejimkujik as it’s only about a 15 minute drive away.

I pulled up to Thomas Raddall Provincial Park at about 8 PM on a June night. If there was anyone else in the park, I didn’t see them. Off I went to set up my tent – and then with time on my hands figured it would be worth exploring the nearby trails. Never did I guess that the park would be so beautiful!

In Thomas Raddall Provincial Park I have the beach to myself on a June night
I have the beach – actually the whole park to myself on a June night
Boulders at low tide at sunset in Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
Boulders at low tide at sunset
Kelp and colourful rocks at the water's edge in Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
Kelp and colourful rocks at the water’s edge
I loved the light on the trees at sunset
I loved the light on the trees at sunset
The texture of the sand is beautiful as the sun sets in Thomas Raddall Provincial Park
The texture of the sand is beautiful as the sun sets
Sunset over Seaside Kejimkujik National Park
Sunset over Seaside Kejimkujik National Park
I headed for my tent the minute the sun went down
I headed for my tent the minute the sun went down

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park is a worthy destination

Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, overlooking Port Joli Harbour, is a destination in its own right. It offers 82 campsites, three white sand beaches, picnic areas and hiking and biking trails. Nearby are four migratory seabird sanctuaries.

This part of Nova Scotia – but especially Seaside Kejimkujik National Park, feels wild and desolate even though it’s only a few hour’s drive from Halifax. Check it out next time you’re in Nova Scotia.

Visit the Nova Scotia Parks website for more information.

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Thomas Raddall Provincial Park in Nova Scotia-gateway to Kejimkujik National Park

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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