This is a group of organizations, Parks Canada, Friends of Keji, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and Bird Studies Canada and individuals are working to help species at risk and enhance environmental conservation.
The perfect winter Saturday morning, a crispy bite in the air and warm sunshine. A great day for a hike at Keppock Mountain.
The parking lot was full, snowshoers lacing up and working their way up the trails ahead of us, the lodge was full of backpacks and snowshoes.
People were collecting firewood, building lean to’s and gathering in groups. This was the weekend for an outdoor survival experience and 20 people are spending the night on the Keppoch to learn the skills needed for outdoor winter survival.
We discovered that we could hike without snowshoes but it wasn’t easy going. We tried a trail but soon turned back.
Before we reached the beautiful, newly renovated lodge we were offered snowshoes to use for a hike! We laced up and headed up the Summit East trail.
Need snowshoes? $5.00 will rent you a pair of snowshoes from the the Town or County of Antigonish.
Keppoch Summit East
Thanks to the folks who are building the Keppoch community. We enjoyed the fruits of your labour.
The South Shore of Nova Scotia offers the best year round hiking. The long stretches of white sandy beaches,easy access and moderate temperature throughout the year make the South Shore a favourite for hikers.
My top ten.
Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia
Sandhills Provincial Park
Crescent Beach Lockeport
Be sure to check out our local expert the Scotian Hiker. For more resources check out these links. Happy hiking!
The UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere reserve simplified.
What is it?
The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a place where you can appreciate an extraordinary diverse natural landscape, surrounded by the sea, that has and continues to shape local culture.
What does it do?
Our work at the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association supports the three elements of biosphere reserves: conservation, sustainable development, and capacity building for research and education.
Where is it?
The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized region of natural and cultural heritage, located in Southwest Nova Scotia. The SNBR spans the 5 counties of Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens and is one of only 16 biosphere reserves in Canada.
How can I experience the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve?
There are a series of 11 vignettes here on youtube, all of these amazing experiences exist in your backyard. See you in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve!
The last few years have been so mild that we have worn sneakers or hiking shoes, of course toques, scarves and mitts are de rigeur in winter, no matter the weather. Hiking off Christmas dinner at Kejimkujik Seaside, has become a Christmas Day Tradition, and this year we were joined by friends old and new.
With good company and an easy, rolling, stroll we arrived beach side in a little better than an hour. A fellow hiker shared her father’s outdoor tea drink (black tea and sugar), along with spicy homemade cookies and chocolate. It was the perfect hiking menu, I felt the warmth of season, spice and friendship.
The shutterbugs among us took advantage of the people shots
and the sunsets.
As hikes go this old, familiar, and favoured path with friends, old and new is a tradition that always inspires me to resolve to get out and hike more of Nova Scotia in the New Year.