No doubt about it: our Bay of Fundy beaches are well-loved and oft-visited by locals year round. Lovely in the 'fair weather' months, that's for sure, but in winter the snow and tides make for some curious experiences...
Here's one that I thought would amuse you: a low-tide Bay of Fundy beach in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, being used as a nice, flat cross-country ski trail. Only for a few hours though - the incoming tide will swallow all this snow when it flows from right to left across the frame,
I couldn't resist popping this post in the middle of my winter series...Today is Australia Day, a perfect opportunity to announce the formation of a 'world beating team' that we hope will propel the Bay of Fundy to one of the winning New7Wonders of Nature.
As many of my blog readers will recall, the Bay of Fundy is Canada's sole finalist among 28 prestigious worldwide nature sites in the global New7Wonders of Nature campaign.
The picture above was taken at dawn, looking south toward McNab's Island in the Halifax Harbour.
What you can see is Hangman's Beach (originally called Maughers Beach) jutting out from McNab's Island in the Halifax harbour. On the right is the tiny lighthouse at the end of the spit. The beach has a gruesome if not interesting history.
With winter well underway, many feel the need to pack it in for the hiking season. But, for the well dressed out there, that simply means that we have many areas to ourselves.
Provincial Parks still encourage people to cross the gates and use the park during the winter months. There are a number of parks in the Halifax area that offer not only a great hike, but a few geocaches along the way.
Oakfield Provincial Park is such a location. Located 5 kms from the Enfield exit along the 102 highway, this day-use beach park becomes a great location for walking your dog, or to explore the wonderful forest trails. A specific geocache that is along one of the trails is Gizzy's Oakfield Park Walk GPS (N 44° 55.159 W 063° 35.159).
We hear it time and time again! When we ask the question, "What do you like most about Nova Scotia?", the majority of the time, the first answer is the PEOPLE. Salt of the earth, friendly kind of people. You'll meet them at our restaurants and pubs. You'll meet them at our museums (like these two gems I met at the Seal Island Lighthouse Museum in Barrington last year).
Winter is one of the best times to explore the Bay of Fundy...that is if you are enchanted by isolated two-tone seascapes, random ice cakes, frothy twists of snow and swirling winds.
Although we're not actually very far 'north' in Canada (parts of Fundy sit below the 49th parellel - US border) we still boast a fine storybookish winter season.
This winter I've invited friends and colleagues from around the bay to submit winter photos of their favourite, perhaps lesser known, corners of our bay. So curl up with a warm cup wherever you may be and enjoy these posts over the next few weeks...
Went down to the beach this afternoon to find our Christmas lobster dinner all lined up and ready to cook. Look closely to see them 'crawling' out of the Bay of Fundy and into the pot!
Lots of Fundy folk choose lobster over turkey for the big event. Wishing you were here...
It was still dark when I woke at the Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal. Although we had finished filming at the O'Dell House Museum the day before, we had decided to keep our accommodations in this beautiful town for the duration of our trip. I was still hours away from my complimentary breakfast and drive to Kentville, to the Kings County Museum, so it seemed the perfect chance to take a foggy stroll along St. George Street to the Evangeline Trail and across the Annapolis River to Granville Ferry.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas on the Bay of Fundy without the annual tree hunt. No city parking lots with strings of lights for us, no sirreee. It's the real thing here around the bay....tromping through the woods, in any kind of weather (storm is best!), searching for the perfect 'real' tree. Admittedly, this escapade is somewhat more civilized than it was when I was a kid. Way back then we'd go to my grandfather's farm, wade into the forest, climb the highest tree, lob off the top 10 feet, drag home the crown, drill a few holes into which we'd plug a few spare limbs (to fill in the bare spots) and heartily congratulate ourselves for knowing the difference between fir and spruce!
In Halifax, Neptune Theater 's holiday show this year is The Wizard of Oz. What a fun production.