This moderate hiking tour is a great way to see the charm and scenery of Nova Scotia. Starting in Halifax this itinerary includes the fishing village of Lunenburg, endangered Blanding’s turtle in Kejimkujik National Park and the Balancing Rock at Digby Neck, sitting precariously on the columnar basaltic coast as well as opportunities for whale watching cruises.
Meet at downtown Halifax at noon and start your tour with a picnic by the sea. Stretch your legs on a seacoast and forested trail and then transfer to the famous Peggy’s Cove, a working fishing village with the most photographed lighthouse in the province. Explore Lunenburg, which has been recently named a United Nations Heritage site and stay at a historic inn. (A total of 3 hours of moderate to easy walks).
Today you’ll walk a long isolated white beach and enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to Lunenburg for some free time to explore the town, shop or visit one of the many museums such as the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic on the docks. A lamp-lit historic walk of Lunenburg after dinner is a favourite with guests. Stay at the same historic Inn including dinner. (3 to 4 hours of walking.)
Visit Kejimkujik National Park and walk through old-growth forest or along the Mersey River where perhaps you will see the endangered Blanding’s Turtle. Transfer to Annapolis Royal to explore its historic gardens, market, and the oldest wooden house in Canada. Stay at a lovely inn. (Up to 4 or 5 hours.)
Transfer down Digby Neck to discover the amazing Balancing Rock. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to take a whale watching cruise where you have the opportunity to see the breaching Humpback Whale and the rare Right Whale who’s feeding grounds are at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. If you want to keep your feet on the ground you can take a fascinating coastal island walk. Overnight at the same inn.
Transfer to the Bay of Fundy to explore Port Royal, a fort, which was the first permanent European settlement in North America north of Florida (in 1605). Take a hike along the shores of the Bay of Fundy where the 45-foot tides expose up to a mile of volcanic rock when the tide is out and a beautiful waterfall drops into a hidden cove. Stay at a historic inn in Wolfville. (4 to 5 hours of walking.)
Hike Cape Split, one of the most popular trails in the province. At the top of this peninsula, which splits into the middle of the Bay of Fundy, you can see and hear the rip tide 300 feet below as the highest tides in the world tear into the Minas Basin. We’ll stay at the same lovely inn. (A total of 5 hours of walking on a sometimes, rocky trail with a moderate incline.)
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