One of my favorite camping spots, beaches and boardwalks in Nova Scotia is called Rissers Beach which is a beach about 20 minutes from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Ever since the first time I visited which was about 10 years ago I have loved going there. It’s a provincial park that has a campground, boardwalk, beach and much more. We have camped there a few times over the years including the summer before last in 2016. It’s a white sand beach that is fairly safe as it is really shallow for quite a ways out, has very little for riptides and was rally popular with the locals before being opened in the 1970s.
On Friday Eddie and I had planned a trip to Tancook Island which I was really looking forward to. Even though we left on time and should have got there in time ended up driving around looking for the ferry and then parking and ended up missing it by 2 minutes! I was so mad. It was my own fault. I got us lost and I stopped at Tim Horton’s to send him in to get himself a coffee and to ask for directions but somehow we ended up just missing it. After parking and walking 5 or so minutes down to it we watched it pull away :( At first I was just mad and wanted to just go home. It was a 40 minute drive from Halifax though and I was really in the mood to be outside and walking and taking pictures.
Initially we were going to do this on Tancook, it’s not a large island, it’s actually two islands, Big Tancook Island and Little Tancook Island and the only cars really on the island are unregistered cars that are just used to get around the island. Residents leave their cars in Chester where the ferry goes to the island from. It’s really kind of neat from what I have heard. They have one of Canada’s last one-room schoolhouses which is from Primary (Kingergarden) to Grade 5 and only has 5 students. I assume older students go to the middle school and high school in the Chester area.
At the end of April I decided to do at the end of each month a monthly recap of the month. So today is the end of May. Wow I can’t believe it is the end of May already! The month went by so quickly. It was a beautiful month. May has always been one of my favorite months. I remember celebrating May Day in school when we lived in Europe when I was younger. I always took part and I loved it.
So I guess I am going to start with my May goals and then I will also talk a bit about other things that have happened during May. I want to make this a monthly thing that I do each month more for myself then for anyone else reading just so later I can look back and see the progress I am making as well as see what happened in certain months but I think it is also interesting as a feature post that shows what is going on in my life.
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.
I am hoping next weekend we will be able to walk the Pockwock Falls in the Pockwock Wilderness Area. I still have the photos from Kejimkujik Seaside to edit in Photoshop & Lightroom but I just haven’t had the time to tackle it. I will eventually do a second part to that blog post. Hopefully there are some decent photos hiding among them. After hiking Cape Split the other day we realized we need to stick to easy ones for a little while
I really want to go take some waterfall photos so I figure it would be a good one to start with plus the photos I have seen online of the falls look pretty cool. The hike itself says it is a 3km, 1 hour return hike to the falls and is easy to moderate. So I think it will be a nice relaxing and easy hike.