On July 4th Eddie and I went to a place I have been wanting to go for a while, Burntcoat Head Park here in Nova Scotia. When the tide is out you can walk the ocean floor. It’s pretty neat. We had to time it just right for the evening high and low tides. We started heading out to get there just as it was high tide. I had taken a few pictures on my camera but I haven’t even looked at them really yet. I know it was 10 days ago but I have been busy starting my new job and just didn’t have the time. I planned this weekend but never had the time either. Maybe next weekend I will. So more pictures will follow in a Part 2 later. The following were all taken with my LG camera phone. Which is not a bad camera.
Happy Canada Day to any of my fellow Canadians and also a Happy early Independence Day to my neighbours! So for Canada Day this year Eddie and I decided to do something else rather than brave the crowds for the many events going on in Digby or Annapolis. We decided to drive down Digby Neck to East Ferry, hopped the Petit Princess to Tiverton on Long Island and then eventually onward to Westport on Brier Island. Anyone who knows me or has been following my blog for a while will know my love of lighthouses, islands, tides, and anything to do with the ocean other than eating fish.
After getting off the ferry in Tiverton turn right and head down Boar’s Head Road to Boar’s Head Lighthouse. The current lighthouse was built in 1957 and is the second lighthouse on the site. The original was built in 1863 in roughly the same spot. I am assuming that the area I was standing on to take the picture may have been the foundation of the original lighthouse but I am not sure. It was a large concrete platform up above the lighthouse.
Yesterday Eddie and I spent the whole afternoon hiking a small trail to the Delaps Cove Waterfall. It’s only about a 40 minute drive from us. The trail itself is just a small 2.2 km hike but it was kind of hard going because a lot of the trail was very muddy and we only had sneakers. At one point I sunk past my ankles ruining my sneakers and muddying my jeans and getting soaked in the process but it was still a lot of fun. The image above is the bottom of the waterfall. It’s a good size waterfall for Nova Scotia and with all the rain we have been getting the last few days it sure didn’t disappoint! So that is one waterfall down from my 2019 Bucket List.
I’m a little late starting this but better late then never right? I’ve decided to create a bucket list for 2019 of the things I want to do this year. I’m not going to break them down by category or anything and they are a bit random, but that’s okay. Here are 10 things I would like to do by the end of 2019.
I decided to do a whole category and tag for bucket lists. I love lists So I decided to do up a bucket list of Hiking Trails I would like to do this spring/summer/fall season before the weather gets bad. I’m not including any that I have done up to today including Keji Seaside and Cape Split.
- Pockwock Falls Trail in the Pockwock Wilderness Area. This watershed is where Halifax get’s it’s water supply. It is 3 km easy trail with a 1-hour return trip.
- Bordon Brook Trail at Blomidon Provincial Park – 3.5 km moderate trail – it’s considered moderate because of staircases built into the trail. This wouldn’t likely be a problem for us as we have hiked the trails in Truro’s Victoria Park which have a lot of stairs up to the waterfalls. I am not a fan of heights but I did okay at Cape Split so I want to give it a try.
- Duncan’s Cove Trail, this trail is not so far from my parents place but I have never been there and would love to walk it. It’s 8 km round trip 3-4 hour hike on some moderate to difficult terrain. I know it is a harder trail but I would really like to attempt maybe half of it because apparently it is beautiful right from the beginning. We will maybe leave this to one of the last trails we do since it will be the hardest.
- Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniack, Nova Scotia. This one I mentioned to Eddie on our way back from Cape Split the other day to Edward as we drove past it on the old road. It has 8 modern walking/hiking trails on the estate plus the museum and gardens.
- Spry Bay Trail in Taylor Head Provincial Park. There are 5 trails in this trail system ranging from easy to difficult. This one is somewhere in between. 4 km with 1.5 hour return time it has a variety of different terrain and habitats.
- Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia is a 2 km trail that is 1 hour return. I love lighthouses and would love to walk this walk this trail this year if we have time.
- Halls Harbour Falls in Halls Harbour, Nova Scotia is a small 250 meter trail on the beach ending with a really beautiful ocean waterfall. You have to do it when the tide is out as the beach is covered completely by the ocean when the tide is up.
- Ward Falls Trail near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is another waterfall trail I would love to do. It is 6 km return trip to the falls. It has been closed the last two years as it is on private land and was in bad shape and washed out but the owners have fixed it up with new bridges and it is due to open sometime this spring or summer.
- Folly River Gorge Falls Trail in the Wentworth Valley.
- Burntcoat Head Ocean Floor Tour is a guided tour of the ocean floor in Burntcoat Head Park. I really want to do this tour and there happens to be one the day after my birthday this year that is $15 a person. It’s a hike that is 1-2 km and approximately 1.5 hours.
I hope to get them all done this year as I am planning to do one thing every weekend up until the fall and the weather is no longer nice enough to do it.