Happy Canada Day! – Long Island & Brier Island

Briar Island Lighthouse
Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

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.

Boars Head Lighthouse
Boar’s Head Lighthouse. Tiverton, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

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.

Coastline
Coastline near Boar’s Head Lighthouse. Tiverton, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After that, we headed to the Balancing Rock which is roughly about 1/5 of the way down Long Island towards Freeport at the end of Long Island. I am sad to say we did not get very far. After dousing ourselves in sunscreen and bug spray we headed out down the wooded path and we met a British couple coming back who had just left a few minutes before us. The said the path was wet and muddy and they couldn’t get through. We decided to push on a little further and got over the first boardwalk and then the path turned to deep puddles and mud. We decided to turn around. Back on the boardwalk path, a snake slithered over my sneaker and we both said nope. No way. So we will have to go back on a drier day and explore again.

Blue Flag Iris
Blue Flag Iris. Found along a path on either Long or Brier Islands, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

I believe this is a Blue Flag Iris. Believe it or not, this little gem is considered poisonous. It’s can cause irritation and dermatitis. There were a lot of them along some of the paths we walked along to the lighthouses. They are really beautiful though. I love any Iris but this is one of my favorites.

Whale watching cruise.
A whale watching boat that passed when we were at Boar’s Head Lighthouse. They left right after us from the wharf. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

After leaving the parking lot for the Balancing Rock we headed to Freeport at the end of Long Island to hop on another ferry to Westport on Brier Island. Brier Island is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. I used to love going there as a kid and love it just as much as an adult. One day I hope we can own a small piece of land on the island somewhere to build a small off the grid camp

Peter's Island Lighthouse
Peter’s Island Lighthouse, Peter’s Island, Westport, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

If you travel left when getting off the ferry and head to the Joshua Slocum Memorial you will be across from a pretty little island in Grand Passage called Peter’s Island. The island has a lighthouse on it called Peter’s Island lighthouse. Built in 1909 it is in need of repair and was unmanned in 1984. You can see it fairly well from the parking lot for the memorial and up by the memorial itself.

Inuksuk
A small Inuksuk on the rocks near the parking lot of the Joshua Slocum Memorial in Westport, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

A small Inuksuk that we found on the rocks near the picnic table in at the parking lot of the Joshua Slocum Memorial. You find them all over here because people build them a lot. Still a neat find though.

Seagulls
Two seagulls on the path near the Joshua Slocum Memorial. Westport, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Just past the memorial is a path which goes to Big Cove on the path was a seagull which I assume was nesting. We didn’t get any closer out of respect. Made for a nice picture. We were a ways a way I just zoomed in. It had started to cloud over by then and was threatening rain so we headed to the next lighthouse which was down Lighthouse Road on Brier Island.

Briar Island Lighthouse.
Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light, Brier Island Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Brier Island Lighthouse aka Western Light is the 3rd oldest lighthouse in Nova Scotia and is still in operation today. The current concrete lighthouse was built in 1944 after the original wooden structure burnt down. The original wooden lighthouse was built in 1809 and rebuilt in 1832 due to being “viley constructed and ill lighted”. It became unmanned in 1987.

 

 

Coastline
Coastline near Brier Island Lighthouse, Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

 

Briar Island Nature Reserve.
Briar Island Nature Reserve. Brier Island. Photo © 2019 Kirsten Corbett.

Near Brier Island Lighthouse is some stunning coastline and also the Brier Island Nature Reserve. We had also planned to for a walk on the nature reserve as there are walking paths but the heavy rain has made it more of a bog then anything which technically it is but there are paths you can walk on just not that day it was too wet and you sink right in. So that will also have to wait for a dry period maybe later in the summer.

Tomorrow we are also planning a trip to Burntcoat Head Park and also Walton Lighthouse which is 2 1/2 hours from Digby. We are trying to plan it to get there mid-afternoon as low tide is not till 9 pm and we want to walk the ocean floor which we can probably do from about 6pm onward I am guessing as the tide goes down.  It’s going to be a late night but then we are heading back to my mom and dad’s as we will be camping down at the beach on the St. Mary’s Bay for the rest of the weekend on the property my mom and dad live on at their camp. It’s going to be a fun weekend even though we never ended up going to PEI.

Delaps Cove

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.

Here is the whole waterfall in all it’s glory. You can see the platform at the top of that waterfall. I was thinking no way in hell! I apologize for the quality of the images. I was trying to play around with the settings on the above two photos to get that fluid look to the water. Being an overcast cool day and with the ground still looking like winter the images were a little dreary but I edited them a little to bring out what I could in colours. I have come to the conclusion though that I need to read up more on photography and how to use my camera especially as some of the images ended up really washed out and unusable.

Once we got around the other side I was feeling a bit adventurous and decided to get on the platform and take a picture looking down. I am absolutely terrified of heights and couldn’t look other than into the camera but I did it! Eddie said no way. You actually have to jump part of the brook to get to the platform there is a bit of a gap and if you are not careful you’ll get wet. You don’t have to worry about falling in and over really as there is no way, though it’s hard not to imagine it

The brook was so peaceful upstream and I wanted to play around a bit more with the camera settings. I love how the above picture turned out. I so badly wanted to put my hand in the stream to feel the coldness but it was hard to do as it was deep in areas and running fast and if you fell in it could mean trouble so we didn’t try. My balance is really off still so I wasn’t going to attempt it.

On the way, we stopped to try and get some geocaches but we had no luck (missing or just couldn’t get to them) so we took a few more pictures. Most of them I wasn’t overly happy with but this one I liked. I apparently need to clean my camera as well. I’m hoping to find someone local who can do it as I am scared to damage it.

There were a few fishing boats out on the water. There are lobster traps probably around the buoys in the picture above. This was my favourite picture I got of any of the boats. Overall we had a ton of fun and plan in the next few days (maybe even tonight) to go back to Point Prim Lighthouse to try and photograph the sunset. It’s supposed to rain a lot the next few days so I’m not sure when exactly but I am hoping soon. I am going to see if I can find some tutorials first on sunset/sunrise photography.

We finished up the day with a campfire in our backyard and some hot dogs and s’mores over the fire. I didn’t get any pictures as I was too cold it was only about 2°C and a cold wind. I gave up after about an hour and went inside. I was sitting out there with my sweats, winter boots, winter jacket, hoodie and a fleece campfire blanket with sleeves my mom made each of us. I am really loving living here! Such a slower pace than the city. We can take the time to go out and do things that we love.

Point Prim Lighthouse

Tonight Eddie and I went over to my parents for supper. We cooked hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwurst around the firepit. We had to pack up a little early as it was starting to rain a little. Mom decided she wanted to go into Digby for ice cream at Recardo’s. Ever since I was a kid I have loved Farmer’s bubble gum ice cream and their cotton candy ice cream. Tonight I got a scoop of each. It’s not something we do often because it puts my blood sugar up. After this, we went for a drive and we ended up at Point Prim Lighthouse. It ended up not really raining, just a few drops so we deviceded to get out and walk around a little.

The current lighthouse is the 4th lighthouse built at Point Prim since 1804. It was built somewhere around 1964 as far as I can tell based on the information I looked up on it. The first lighthouse built in 1804 and lasted only 4 years before burning in 1808. The second lighthouse also burned down about 52 years after it was built in 1817. The third lighthouse was built in 1874 and was pushed over the cliff with a bulldozer in 1964. I’m not sure the story there. It doesn’t really say. Just old maybe.

The 4th and current lighthouse was built sometime after that, not sure when exactly but I don’t think it was more than a year or so. It became unmanned in 1984. There are two houses nearby that were built at some point around the turn of the 20th century I believe. This is the one pictured in both pictures above which is still standing today. It’s not the most spectacular of lighthouses but it’s still charming in its own way and has some spectacular views as you will see in the pictures below. All the images in this post were taken by me tonight just with my LG G6 phone camera. It’s got a nice little camera.

The above picture is taken from one side, sort of the front I guess of the lighthouse and overlooking Digby Gut which is a narrow channel connecting the Bay of Fundy with the Annapolis Basin. The lighthouse overlooks this area and is still in use today. It is an unmanned lighthouse but still used.

The sun was peeking out from the clouds while we were there and getting ready to start setting. It’s about 8°C (48.4°F) at this point. It was nicer, about 16°C (60.8°F) earlier in the afternoon. They have some walking paths around the lighthouse and some benches and picnic tables. They are apparently in the process of extended the path along the water and supposedly it’s supposed to go all the way down Digby Neck which is quite a distance. I’m not sure how far it goes right now but we are planning to go back so and explore a bit and see.

Behind the lighthouse, the path stretches towards Digby Neck and that’s the part they are extending according to my mom. We walked a little way down, just as far as the rocky cliffs above the shoreline. There we found a small Inuksuk someone had built on the rocks. It was pretty against the suns reflection on the water. The sky was so beautiful.

Overall I don’t think it was more than a 500-meter walk around but it was still insanely beautiful. I love the area. I remember going there as a kid with my parents or grandparents and a few years back my parents lived at the beginning of the long road it is on and I used to go down there often just to enjoy the view and reflect. We had a great evening and a great weekend. Also, I created a new theme this weekend. I hope you like it. I plan to do some more. Learning more about theme development and using starter themes, etc.