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!
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 (open from mid-May until mid-October and very popular now), three white sand beaches, picnic areas, and hiking and biking trails. Nearby are four migratory sea bird sanctuaries.
This part of Nova Scotia – but especially Kejimkujik National Park Seaside, 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.
Further reading on adventures in Nova Scotia
- One of Nova Scotia’s Great Day Hikes: The Hike to Cape Split
- Cycling Nova Scotia – Peggy’s Cove to Lunenburg
- Kayaking Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia
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