Clam Harbour Beach – Sunday, August 18, 2013

Welcome to Clam Harbour Beach Competition

Clam Harbour Beach is a long, beautiful white sand beach within the Halifax Regional Municipality. For the past 34 years, the Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition has attracted hundreds of contestants and “thousands of spectators”.

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Shubie Park – Dartmouth Nova Scotia

Shubie Park – This is a great trail for hiking, walking, running and biking. The trail can be used for a short 15 minute walk or a 2 hour bike ride and covers a lot of different terrain and passes by several lakes and connects to other trails. With plenty of parking at the Fairbanks Centre parking lot it is a great meeting / starting point for groups and individuals to coordinate from. See below for more info, maps and pictures.

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The Joggins Fossil Cliffs

One place I would like to get to soon and combine a shoreline hike with a tour of the Fossil Center and exibits . . .

Description

Located at the head of the Bay of Fundy, the 75-foot high cliffs at Joggins are exposed to constant tidal action and as Fundy’s 50-foot tides erode the cliffs, new fossils are revealed including a rich variety of flora, diverse amphibian fauna, important trackways and some of the world’s first reptiles.

See the Joggins Fossil Centre’s Web Site

Cliff at Loggin's Beach

Cliff at Loggin’s Beach

A Unesco world heritage site, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs became famous in 1851 with the discovery of fossilized tree trunks found in their original positions.  When these trunks were closer examined, tiny bones were noticed which turned out to be one of the most important fossil discoveries in Nova Scotia.  These remains were from one of the world’s first reptiles and evidence that land animals had lived during the “Coal Age”.  Today the Joggins Fossil Cliffs are recognized in a world-class palaeontological site.

“…the action of the tides of the Bay of Fundy being so destructive as continually to undermine and sweep away the whole face of the cliffs, so that a new crop of fossils is laid open to view every three or four years.”

—Sir Charles Lyell, Travels in America (1845)

Location

Drive down Loggin’s N.S. “Main Street”.

Joggins Fossil Centre
100 Main Street
Joggins NS B0L 1A0
Canada

Toll-free — 1.888.932.9766

Kejimkujik

Kejimkujik National Park is one of my favorite places – it is a great National Park and especially suited to hiking, canoeing, and back country camping. The many lakes and rivers offer a great selection of routes and different terrain.

What better place is there in Nova Scotia for hiking and canoeing?

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Turtle in Jeremy Bay

Description .

The trails of Kejimkujik National Park offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy rivers, lakes and forests with groves of 300-year-old hemlock trees and an abundance of trails that access each of these natural treasures. All trails are maintained with a high quality gravel surface, while bridges and boardwalks provide access over wet areas. Each trail head has a sign with a map and brief description of the natural features along the way.

Link to Kejimkujik Web Site

Trees on Keji Lake

Trees on Keji Lake

Sackville – Bedford Greenway Connector

Superstore parking access / bridge

Superstore Access / Bridge

The Sackville-Bedford Greenway Connector joins the two communities by a footpath, which runs underneath and parallel to highways and overpasses, and is fairly level and well maintained making an easy walk that is approximately 5 KM long depending where you access the trail.

Used by walkers of all ages, joggers, cyclists, dogs on leash, parents with strollers, seniors with canes, it is fairly busy.

On the minus side the trail is often next to the highway and passes the Sackville “firing range” both of which which can be noisy and distracting at times.

The trail runs along the Sackville river and has several bridges that cross over the river, which offers pleasant transitions, views and scenes.

The trail has one entrance at the right of the super store parking area in Sackville which is where I chose to park and access the trail.

The complete trail runs from two historic sites, Fultz House in Sackville and Scott Manor House, Fort Sackville, Bedford connecting the two sites, and the two communities, with a trail along the Sackville River.

Trails along the rivers have progressed from initiatives back in the 1980’s from the Bedford Path and Walkway System Plan, Bedford Recreation Department, the Sackville River’s Conservation Corridor Plan and many other supporters.

River view from Bridge

River view from Bridge

Trail - crushed gravel

Trail - crushed gravel

Clayton Park – Mainland North Linear Parkway Trail

The Mainland North Linear Parkway is a multi-use corridor running parallel to Dunbrack Street and cutting across Lacewood drive in Clayton Park. The trail follows strait along the path of a power line through the residential neighbourhood passing parkland, backyards and parking lots! The many connecting walkways make the Linear Parkway a true Active Transport route for the many neighbourhoods in Mainland North.

The north end of the trail ends on Kearny Lake road close to the Hemlock – Ravine trail which can be added to extend hiking and walking time.

The wide pathway accommodates many different activities,and has a compacted crusher-dust surface. Jogging is popular along this trail, and the hilly terrain offers a challenge to many!

The trail is plowed in the winter, so it is no longer suitable for cross-country skiing. Dog walking on leash is permitted.

Point Pleasant Park – Halifax N.S.

The park has a variety of woodland and seaside paths that will delight, walkers, cyclists, runners, picnickers, artists, birder watchers, urban wildlife.

Many people come to Point Pleasant Park to enjoy the sea, stroll in the forest on the numerous roads and trails, others come to enjoy the historic landscape and romantic ruins.

Paths in the park are surfaced in a variety of materials: fine & coarse gravels, wood chips, & compacted earth. Appropriate footwear will make your visit more enjoyable.