Coupling the ease of a lakeside cabin with the excitement of wilderness camping, this trip is ideal for those looking for relaxation and backcountry exploration. Satisfy your curiosity through rich storytelling taking you through 100 years of our history.
The first day glides at a relaxing pace allowing time to meet your guide, acquaint yourself with your cabin and knock the rust off your paddling strokes. Later that evening we’ll enjoy a delicious meal in Milford House’s beautiful dining room. The menu features traditional Nova Scotian fare, homemade bread and seasonal treats grown in our very own garden. With dusk waning you’ll retire to your rustic cabin and fall asleep to the sound of a crackling fire.
Rising with the mist hanging low over the lakes, we’ll start the day with a hot drink and a hearty breakfast at the main lodge before embarking on our guided canoe trip. The cool hours of the morning will be spent exploring the clear, dark waters, iconic of southwest Nova Scotia.
Pike’s Run will lead us along a narrow passageway abounding with granite stones and lined with hanging red maple on the cusp of scarlet. The close shores will suddenly fall away revealing Fisher Lake, studded with ancient glacial erratics and full of green islands, many which sport only ‘two or three curious sentinel pines’.
When the sun swings high our guide will prepare a nutritious lunch and facilitate options for the afternoon’s activities. This is a perfect opportunity to have our guide hone your paddling strokes, or work as a team to turn our canoes into a sailboat and take advantage of the westerlies. Watch kingfishers dive and chatter from the lakeshore, or spot a beaver silently gliding about it’s daily business while we find the perfect spot to camp.
Once camp is set, take a stroll on an ancient woodland track, or kick back and relax while our guide works over the fire to prepare a meal that will satisfy even the most dedicated epicure. Soon we’ll find ourselves around the warm glow of an evening fire enjoying the fine art of Nova Scotian story telling, or perhaps a chapter from Albert Bigelow Paine’s charming book, ‘The Tent Dwellers’. Later, slip away to a well deserved sleep with the wind in the pines above.
Wake to the far cry of a forlorn loon and the smell of coffee and breakfast cooking over an open fire. Strike camp with our guide and enjoy a relaxing pace navigating back along the shores and through the islands. Stop for a lunch before finishing the final leg back to the Milford House, returning for mid-afternoon.
Our three-day cabin and canoe adventure takes full advantage of the legendary Milford House property, backcountry and the stunning landscape of southwest Nova Scotia. Join us and you’ll soon understand why many return decade after decade.
$475 + tax per person for a 3-day adventure with the Milford House. This includes one night’s stay in a rustic cabin, two meals at the main lodge, plus one night in the Milford House backcountry, fully guided with four meals. Cabins are two bedroom and price is based on double occupancy. A private cabin can be arranged for an additional fee of $75 plus tax.
“Then away to heart of the deep unknown,
Where the trout and the wild moose are–
Where the fire burns bright, and tent gleams white
Under the northern star.”
Albert Bigelow Paine
The Tent Dwellers
Coupon code: P7793
Affiliations: Destination Southwest Nova Scotia, Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia
Valid: September 5, 2012–October 31, 2012
This trip operates weekly, beginning 2pm Mondays through 3pm Wednesdays. To ensure booking, a 50% non-refundable deposit must be made.