Winter Day Trip to the Walton Lighthouse

By acashin, on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 | 0 Comments

On a chilly day in February, my partner and I hiked along the single lane road to the lighthouse and enjoyed the sights from high above a cliff overlooking the Minas Basin. Surprisingly, we weren't the only winter worshipers out on this chilly day. We met two other walkers on the road to the light, and to my delight we watched a man dig for clams at the base of the cliffs.

We barely noticed him at first, with such a great distance between us, but as I zoomed in with my camera lens, I could see he was happily digging away on the ocean's floor.


Seeing him there brought back many fond memories of my own clam-digging days, when I was a child and had no choice but to tag along in the chill of the eastern Atlantic breeze, as my parents dug a bucket full of clams that would be supper that same day. My job was to sift through the pile of sand my father would throw down from his shovel, picking out the clams and putting them in a re-purposed bucket that had once held salt meat.


We stood for a long time as the wind whipped at our faces, admiring the highest tides in the world. No matter how many times I witness them I'm still impressed by the distance the tides exceed along the Minas Basin. Looking out over the cliff, it appeared as though I could have walked straight to Economy on the ocean floor.


After a short walk through the tiny, snow-covered trail on the property, we were off to enjoy the rest of our day.


A drive along the shores of the Glooscap Trail from Windsor all the way to Truro is a delight no matter what the season. In the summer, of course, the green fields and contrasting bright red cliffs are so beautiful you need to pull off the road several times to really enjoy the awe inspiring distraction the scenery provides. In the winter, the scenes are just as beautiful with pops of red clay among the white fields.


And in the winter, the power of Mother Nature is most apparent, as the roads become covered in snow in patches through villages such as Selma and Maitland, where the landscape opens to the salt air and views of Cobequid Bay. It's amazing to see how the lack of shelter from even just a few trees can cause the roads to be quickly covered in blowing snow. Even on a pleasant weather day in winter there are still patches of snow on the roads. You need to drive carefully through these sections.


The winter won't keep me holed up indoors though, a little blowing snow or not. The drive along the Glooscap Trail is just too beautiful to miss. Rich in wildlife, you are guaranteed to see either an eagle or a hawk soaring high above the open fields and red cliffs. We saw both on our winter day trip to the Walton Light. As always, it was a magical day in Nova Scotia.


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