Qui Wedgeport

Wedgeport in the winter is a petite french tale of taste and culture.

I drove along the Tusket River, admiring long views with stretches of russet coloured dykes and saltwater haystacks.

Tusket River

Tusket River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am still awed by the grandeur of the churches and houses in rural Nova Scotia.

Paroisse Saint-Michel

Paroisse Saint-Michel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the bright colours of the houses in Wedgeport, it adds a shrug of “je ne sais quoi” to our Acadian communities. This pink one captured my imagination.

Pink House on Commeau's Hill

Pink House on Commeau’s Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found the Brioche d’Or Cafe & Bakery. I tasted the croissant, pain au chocolat, and the brioche and I remembered the little french cafes from Paris. The Acadiana from the coffee menu caught my eye.

Gluten & Dairy Free Star Cookies

Gluten & Dairy Free Star Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My timing didn’t permit visits to the Sport Tuna Wedgeport Museum or Tusket Island Tours.

Wedgeport Tuna Museum

Wedgeport Tuna Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did stop at Carl’s for Rappie Pie (Rapure), Robichaud’s Mincemeat, and a small treat bag of dried haddock. Dessert will be lobster sugar cookies from Brioche d’Or Cafe.

Wedgeport is a 20 minute drive from Yarmouth.

La Shoppe a Carl

La Shoppe a Carl

Hiking Kejimkujik Little Fairies

Kejimkujik’s name comes from the Mi’kmaw word Kejimkuji’jk meaning little fairies.

Little Faries

Little Fairies

 

Kejimikujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada is in Maitland Bridge a 2.5 hour drive from Halifax, 2.5 from Yarmouth and a 1.5 hour drive from Digby.

 

 

 

Our favourite time to hike Keji is the fall, the landscape evolves into a new view everyday.

Queens County Autumn

 

 

 

Trails vary in length from 0.2 km to 3.5 km, offering something for everyone.

 

 

 

Kejimkujik offers volunteer experiences through the Southwest Nova Volunteer Program.

Keji Frog

 

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.

 

 

You can get involved!  volunteer.keji@pc.gc.ca | (902) 298-0486

Keji Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaHave Bakery & Crescent Beach Kinda Morning

How to spend a morning in Lunenburg.

A visit to Crescent Beach is always a good reason to plan for lunch at the LaHave Bakery.

Handstands on Crescent Beach

Handstands on Crescent Beach

 

Work up an appetite walking or hand-standing on the white sand beach.

 

 

 

 

Clam Shells & Seaweed

Clam Shells & Seaweed

 

 

Be a beachcomber..

 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Treats

Tasty Treats

 

 

Invite a friend to lunch!

 

 

 

LaHave Bakery

LaHave Bakery

 

 

Or just enjoy the company!

 

 

 

More about Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.

Snowshoeing

The perfect winter Saturday morning, a crispy bite in the air and warm sunshine. A great day for a hike at Keppock Mountain.

Keppoch Views

Keppoch Views

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

Keppoch Summit East

Thanks to the folks who are building the Keppoch community. We enjoyed the fruits of your labour.

Want to join in the fun? February 15 is Keppoch Fun Day.

Keppoch Mountain is  about a 10 minute drive from downtown Antigonish.

Hiking the South Shore of Nova Scotia

Quahogging on Crescent Beach

Quahogging on Crescent Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Kejimkujik Seaside

Kejimkujik Seaside

My top ten.

Queensland

Hirtles

Rissers

Cherry Hill

Beach Meadows

White Point

Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia

Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia

Kejimkujik Seaside

Sandhills Provincial Park

Crescent Beach Lockeport

The Hawk

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our local expert the Scotian Hiker.  For more resources check out these links. Happy hiking!

Nova Scotia’s Backyard

Nova Scotia Tourism

 

UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve

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!

How do I get involved?

The UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.

 

Holiday Hike

Keji Rock Reflection Pool

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

Hiking Menu

and the sunsets.

Keji 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.