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Thomas’ Cove Coastal Preserve

(Originally posted june 9 2012) We hiked 8k within this coastal preserve, just before you reach Five Islands, Nova Scotia. You have two loop to choose from: Headlands & Economy.

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30 Minute Hike – Rogers Brook & Grafton Woods – Kejimkujik Nova Scotia

I hike along two trails within Kejimkujik National Park in the fall – my favourite time of the year to come and explore.

Today we do the short Rogers Brook trail. This is a nice relaxing walk along the Mersey river and the wetlands before the jakes landing.

The other trail is just beyond the turn of from the canteen at Grafton Woods. A great example of evergreen forest and evidence of what happens when humans dam up a waterway and sacrifice trees for fishing (didn’t quite work out).

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30 Minute Hike – Coastal Hike Along Clam Harbour – Nova Scotia

It’s November and no better time to hit the beach and hike along rugged Atlantic Ocean coastline in Clam Harbour Provincial Park. Park up to the gate (if it’s closed) and simply walk in as parking lots are not maintained in the winter but the road up to the gate are maintained.

Start by walking along the beach towards the rocks, you will see trailhead signs which will guide you along the way. Best time to hike this is during low tide when you can easily walk the firm beach sand and jump onto the trail up to a certain point.

You can hike along the point and return to the first trailhead. The trail is beach, cobble rocks and dirt. Appropriate footwear and good balance is needed for portions of the trail. Expect to clock around 10k after exploring everything. Off season is my preferred time as you might encounter the local hardcore dog walkers. Otherwise great spot to hang out. Or come by during the summer when they have their famous sand castle festival

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Bikepacking Up Fire Tower Road At Kejimkujik National Park

Took the fat bike to Kejimkujk National park to ride what used to be a popular mountain bike route called Fire Tower. This is straight forward, you biked up 10km to the fire tower and back.

Grabbed some new gear for this trip as I dabbed my toes into bikepacking. -blackburn dry bag & roll – jetboil flash – camping folding chair The first 5k was fairly nice since we went down the road towards Mason cabin but at the fork, took a right up fire tower road where things were fine until we hit Portage B. From there the road became rutted and somewhat difficult to ride with the over growth coming into the road.

I had a hard time to stay in the singletrack so I stayed in the middle. Portage E was supposed to be the side trip down to the camp site for lunch but it was occupied, so I didn’t want to disturb. So I continued up the fire tower road to the tower. It appeared smaller than what google maps lead you to believe. However, nobody said anything about the abandoned cabin where the fire staff would stay during forest fires. It looked like it was left around 2010. You can see all sorts of graffiti to document this change.

Overall I was not thrilled on the condition of the road since I last travelled it. The wheel ruts were deep and with the fat tires, hard to navigate. I would attempt the ride to Mason Cabin instead.



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Hiking The Flume Gorge At Franconia Notch State Park

On my latest road trip with “the boys”, it lead us along New Hampshire I-93 for Lincoln. Along the scenic drive we entered Franconia Notch State Park and noticed all the road signs for the attractions. I didn’t have anything planned, rather we were heading for Lincoln Woods trails. A last minute decision to take the off-ramp for Route 3 for the Flume Gorge turned out to be a great decision.

Getting There Early

As you can imagine, this area of the White Mountains in October can be quite busy. We arrived at the Flume visitor center to an empty parking lot before 9am. Once we were done the hike, the lot was full. The visitor center had lots of local history of the area along with the usual rest rooms & gift shop.

Crossing the covered bridge at the flume gorge for a moderate uphill 😏 #hiking #newhampshire

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Buying Tickets and The Flow

It is 16$ per adult to enter the flume gorge. The ticket booth is your entrance and exit point as crowds are directed through the doors. Once you reach the outdoors again, you can start the hike by going uphill along your left. You might see the small tour bus on the right. Pets are not allowed.

 

Moderate Uphill and Slow Climb

The posted 2 mile loop trail up to the flume is moderate uphill that’s bound to get the heart rate going. But don’t worry, once you pass the table rock it slowly levels to an easy climb a short distance later once the stairs start to Avalanche Falls. There are plenty of stops along the way to learn about the ecosystem to catch your breath.

Crossing the covered bridge and past the old lodge (I’ll call it a lodge). The gorge portion is absolutely fantastic as you walk along the stairs in between this 800 foot gorge 70-90 foot tall walls which narrows between 12-20 feet.

Great morning of #hiking nice start of the day with Flume Gorge #trail

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Downhill To The Gorge

Once you reach the top of the Flume, you can take the quick way back to the covered bridge or loop around Liberty Gorge where you can spot a few lookouts of the notch and Mount Liberty where the Appalachian Trail hikers need to pass.

The trail up to this point is wide and well worn, but I’d still would wear good shoes with traction such as trail running shows, or light hikers. Most of the uphill is now past us.

 

Liberty Gorge, Sentinel Pine Bridge and The Pool

The next money shot is Liberty Gorge, a tight hairpin turn overlooking a 100 foot drop water fall. Take the side trail after the bridge to get a better view. Did I mention the rain shelters along the way? These are three sided shelters with benches, accommodating about 8-10 people.

Almost next to this great sight is the first sight of Sentinel Pine Bridge and the Pool. When framed within the fall colors, an absolutely amazing view. Take time at the two lookouts to admire the pool and the pine bridge before taking a walk along the bridge itself. For the adventurous bunch, try the Wolf’s Den which is a narrow trench in between a few boulders. Expect to get your hands and knees dirty.

The last bit of the trail will take us past glacial boulders which reminds me a lot of the hiking trails at Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia where you’d be running into these enormous boulders in the middle of the woods.

Great views around "the pool"

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Wrapping Up

As promised, our final track file was 3.4km after a leisurely 90min tour. As mentioned at the start, we got in just in time to beat out the many tour & school buses, it got busy pretty quick! When exiting, we noticed a tour bike shuttle station next to the pay phone, I’ll have to look this up as the recreational trail passes nearby. If you know more about it, leave your comments!




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Kayak Paddle & Portage Frozen Ocean to Big Dam At Kejimkujik Nova Scotia

Labour Day is a busy time of year at Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia. It is one of the last weekends to enjoy summer like weather in the backcountry. As a result a good chunk of the backcountry sites were occupied as many were opting to canoe camp across a few sites.

So I opted for a day trip of paddling starting at Portage Q at the Big Dam parking lot. The game plan was to make it as far as Portage S, or to Frozen Ocean lake.

The morning was cold, 11C with stiff winds. Getting to Portage took a little over an hour. Portaging to the start of Still Brook took another 30 minutes.

The brook was sheltered from the wind so I meandered along another hour to reach Portage S. Campsite 5 was nearby however, pretty much every site I passed was occupied so I found a stump to enjoy some lunch and wait for another couple that were having their lunch at Portage R before attempting the brook.

As I was sending out tweets via my inReach, I was asked by a follow (Chris) to check out the crossing along Channel Lake Loop. I walked over and noticed a water level ruler, the water level was around the 65cm mark. Honestly, it looked like you could paddle instead of portage or if you were hiking across the brook, to wear some sandals and a extra pair of shorts.

The original plan was to paddle out further to the ranger station on Frozen Ocean, but the wind at the beginning wore me out, so I decided to head back to start. I had made an error in my distances and did not include Still Brook in the scope of things.

GPS track via Garmin inReach Explorer+

At this point, I had a little over 8kms on my Garmin inReach Explorer+ Trip Odometer. It was time to turn around.

Luckily the sun had come out and the wind started to die down.However there was enough wind in my back to cut off 45 minutes, which was good as Portage R felt longer as my arms were getting tired.

Once back at the truck, the trip odometer was a tad over 17kms. Not a bad day. Quick change into some dry clothes. The parking lot at big dam seemed more full than usual. I stopped at visitor centre and picked up a keji coffee mug.

 

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Hiking Burntcoat Head Park in Nova Scotia

WARNING- Be aware of the tide schedule

We took advantage of the low tide along the Bay of Fundy and drove up to Burntcoat head park to walk along the ocean floor. for a few hours before the tide came back.

The Bay of Fundy tides this time of year drop from 44ft to 4ft, allowing you to walk along the ocean floor in several spots. Depending on which are, you either walk in mud or hard rock.

Burntcoat head park is such a location, settled in 1796, there were three lighthouses that kept boats away from the coastline. The original lighthouse was actually on the tea pot island which is the landmark feature of the park, but once erosion were down the connection, another lighthouse was rebuilt more inland.

The lighthouse now contains a museum and you can climb up to the top free of admission. Recent park upgrades now include flush toilets, picnic tables, chairs and redeveloped stone stair down to the ocean floor.

The hiking path at the park is a looped path through the garden and lookout spots. When you arrive during low tide, then you will be able to get down to the ocean floor.

You’ll be able to venture about for a few hours, but once the tide comes in, you absolutely need to make it back to shore. The rising tides along the Bay of Fundy are deceptive and quick.

Expect to hike a good 4-5km depending on your route and how far out you are able to go at low tide.

burntcoat head park hiking track file

 

waypoints at park

 

View this track via google maps

Learn more about the park via http://www.burntcoatheadpark.ca/



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Blomidon Provincial Park Hiking Trails

Blomidon Provincial park is a great micro adventure location as you have several options for activities. You can do some camping at the top of the Cape or walk the ocean floor at the day-use beach section.

On a cool spring day, we attempted the do the “big” loop starting at the bottom and hiking along sections of Joudrey, Loop, Woodlands and Borden Brook Trails. The total distance is close to 13kms and features a BIG uphill at the start, but once you reach the top, the elevation change is moderate with mostly flat for a lot of segments. You’ll be walking a section of the Joudrey trail along the campsite access roads.

Jodrey Trail
5.6 km (3.5 mi.) | Moderately Challenging Trail
The trail skirts 183 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs with numerous viewing stations overlooking the Minas Basin. The trail gradually climbs to 190 m, winding through a sugar maple, yellow birch and beech forest

Look-Off Trail
900 m (0.6 mi.)| Basic trail
The trail climbs through sugar maple and yellow birch forest reaches 160 m, offering views of the Minas Basin and Five Islands Provincial Park, 24 km (15 mi.) across the bay.

The Woodland Trail
2.5 km (1.3 mi.) | Basic trail
A pleasant walk through a mixed forest of sugar maple, yellow birch, white spruce and balsam fir.

Borden Brook Trail
3.5 km (2.2 mi.) | Moderately Challenging Trail
Located about halfway between the day-use area and the park office. The trail climbs to a height of 185 m crossing Borden Brook, with a short walk to a waterfall.

More about the park:
http://parks.novascotia.ca/content/blomidon-hiking-trails

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Cape Chignecto – Red Rocks & McGahey Canyon Trail

When visiting the West Advocate entrance to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, you have a 3, 5 & 9k hiking loops for day use visitors.

We took advantage of the low tide in the Bay of Fundy to hike almost 1.5km along the beach which is not the red sand of Blomindon which we can see in the distance, but rather the hard rock. We can also see some coal rocks. Joggins, a UNESCO site just 30 min drive from here, was the site of coal mining.

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