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  • Hiking & Walking,  Nova Scotia

    Hiking the Liscombe River Trail

    Nova Scotia Eastern Shore is home to some gorgeous scenery and great trails, such as Taylor Head Provincial Park and the Gibraltar Trail Liscombe River Trail has been on my to-do list for several years now. I had no idea what is what like, but I soon found out once I started out along it. This week we took a mini staycation at Liscombe Lodge with a couple of friends and our doggos. The plan was for the guys to fish and my friend and I would hike the 9.6 km trail. No problem. I’ve hiked harder and longer trails. Liscombe Lodge requires you sign out on going on the…

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  • Hiking & Walking,  Waterfalls

    Morse’s (Moore’s) Brook Falls

    More Kings County explorations. This time it’s Morse Brook Falls in New Minas. This is a spot I’ve wanted to find since an acquaintance mentioned it to me…. This is a lovely set of three falls with a spectacular 50 ft one in the middle, and we had the most fun getting there. The far side of the brook is a high rock wall. The trail is about 2 km out and back. Any of the pools beneath the falls are really too shallow to swim. Some accounts I’ve read say it’s a good hike for kids…but I wouldn’t be bringing little ones. Now, the path up the brook  can…

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  • Bluenose 11
    Bay of Fundy,  Beaches,  Biking,  Hiking & Walking,  Play

    My 7 Wonders of Nova Scotia

    InI recently stumbled across an old  CBC  article listing the 7 Wonders of Nova Scotia, as part of a greater 7 Wonders of Canada. These were: Peggy’s Cove Annapolis Royal Elizabeth LeFort’s Hooked Rugs The Halifax Public Gardens Oak Island (treasure) Fortress of  Louisbourg The criteria  was thus: Essential ‘Canadian-ness’ – historically significant, character filled, valued Originality/uniqueness of the pitch and place Spectacular physical site or amazing human creation Ability to inspire Canada is  indeed beautiful, from sea to shining sea. And it was a tough job to choose just  7 from Nova Scotia, studying nominations, online voting and adherence to criteria. I get that. And I get that everyone…

  • Hiking & Walking,  Waterfalls

    A Walk to Shingle Mill Falls

    Shingle Mill Falls   So, we are all in lockdown. The end is not really in sight… but we can travel around with our little bubble in our municipality. Hubby and I decided to see if we could find  a new trail-not that easy since we have done a lot of them in Kings County. My phone search gave us Shingle Mills Falls. It was short walk but still very nice. It was one of the prettiest little falls I’ve seen in a while.   As lockdown days go, it was a quite enjoyable one- new waterfall, topped off with a ice cream from Jonny’s CookHouse in Berwick on the…

  • Hiking & Walking

    Noggins Corner Farm Historic Walking Trail

    ( Note:) I’d planned to publish part three of free things to do, but with lockdowns and closures-it seems a little useless becuase it may alreadt\y be outdated.Instead I present to you.. Noggins Corner Farm Historic Walking Trail Tucked neatly in a back corner of the Noggin’s Farm is a quiet trail that winds up and down through the  through the woods and even across the Harvest Moon Trail at one point. I usually see others walking dogs all year long-it’s a great spot for that. Click this link to find out all the fun to be had on the farm! There are signs on the Noggins Corner Farm Historic…

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  • Hiking in the rain
    Hiking & Walking

    Spring’s Coming! 10 Tips for Hiking in the Rain

    Winter has been a blast for those of us who love to snowshoe, ski and hike in the snow and cold temperatures-but I get it-lots of us are looking eagerly forward to spring. With spring comes rain and that can be downright uncomfortable  at the very least- and dangerous at worst. Without further ado, let me present  a few tips for staying just  a bit more comfortable hiking in the rain.         Dress in layers Never has that age old nugget of advice been more important than when hiking in inclement weather. Layers are essential for keeping warm when you stop for  a break and for cooling…

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  • Hiking & Walking

    Rogart Mountain Trail

    As soon as I saw a post on Instagram about the Rogart  Mountain Trail, I knew I wanted to do it. So I set about strong arming(not really ) a good friend into hiking it with me.   Hikers are funny people . Or maybe it’s just me. If I have to walk up the hill on the road-I hate it. But give me some hilly trails and let me at them. I don’t know why. I loved Rogart Mountain Trail . The trail is a 6.3 km loop, and it’s beautiful, passing by brooks, softwood and hardwood stands, and lookoffs, including Catherine’s Lookoff which overlooks the  Dalhousie and Ephraim…

  • Along the Avondale Hiking Trail
    Hiking & Walking,  Winter

    Exploring the Avondale Hiking Trail

    It’s been a while since I moseyed over to explore the  Avondale Hiking Trail-  almost 5 km of winding paths through the woods and alongside fields. Last weekend  a gaggle of us gals went to Avondale. It was a perfect day-not too cold, not too icy underneath. We had  a lot of fun, and yes we got some exercise in too-lots of hilly ups and downs. We parked at Avon Sky Winery ,which has a fascinating history itself( click the link to find out more)  But you can also go counter clockwise by parking behind the Avondale Community Hall. Either way you will have  a little walk along the pavement to…

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  • Johnson River Falls
    Hiking & Walking,  Waterfalls,  Winter

    Hike to Johnson River Falls

    Johnson River Falls is an easy little hike not far from Waverly. It’s just  a tad over 4.5 km round trip. The first part of it is along a dirt road. To  get there, take exit 5 off the 102 highway.  then turn right and go around the rotary. Take the 3rd exit (towards highway 118 ) Just up over the hill you  will find Perrin Drive on the left. Drive to the very end. Lots of parking before the gate. The entrance to the trail should have a red and black trail maker ribbon like this: From there , cross a metal bridge, go up over a couple hills…

  • Central Nova Scotia,  Hiking & Walking

    Hiking the 9 Mile River Trail System

    Honest to gawd, who can keep  up with the burgeoning number of trails in Nova Scotia?  We are so lucky to have so many, but I had never heard of the 9 Mile River trail until my friend invited me to try it out. This volunteer maintained trail (thank you folks!) consists of 3 loops with a couple more to come.     Nova Scotia has had a wild winter with lots of rain and ice. The trail reflected that -very icy in most spots. My husband gave me a new pair of trail crampons for Christmas –Hillsound $70 -and they are awesome. Easy to put on, fit snugly and…

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