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All Fore for Nature

Yippee! It’s time to hike, fish, play, golf, explore and celebrate our abundance of natural beauty! In each Atlantic Province, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to nature trails, scenic golf courses, waterfalls, rivers for fishing /canoeing and stunning parks. Many provincial parks and most Parks Canada sites offer campgrounds for unforgettable nights spent under the stars.

Best Friends

Gibraltar Rock Loop Trail in Meagers Grant, NS

Thanksgiving 2019 -- the best way to give thanks is to spend time with my best friend, hiking among the gorgeous Autumn colours.

Submitted By Whitney Cant

Touring the Fjord

Western Brook Pond, NL

One of my most memorable staycations was to Newfoundland. We took the ferry from North Sydney to Port aux Basques and drove to Gros Morne National Park. We rented a cottage in Rocky Harbour and spent five days exploring the region. A boat tour at Western Brook Pond was a highlight of our trip.

Submitted By Julie Sheffield

Sunset at the Rocks

Sinclair Island Pictou County, Nova Scotia

In Pictou County, one of the best vantage points to view the sunset is at the rocks near Sinclair Island wharf. On any given evening, people gather there to watch the sun sink below the horizon. I am fortunate to live in this area and often drive over as supper is being prepared...natural beauty.

Submitted By Michael Byrne

Beautiful Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park, NB

Fundy National Park is one of my most favourite places in New Brunswick. Fundy is so picturesque and beautiful. I love the walking trails, waterfalls and how peaceful it is to just enjoy the nature. Alma is at the entrances to the park and has a bakery with their famous sticky buns. So yummy !!

Submitted By Lise Costello

Borden Brook

Blomidon Provincial Park, NS

After staying close to home these past months, we decided to get back to camping as soon as we were able to. Having booked several nights at Blomidon Provincial Park, we couldn't wait to get some hiking in. This photo was taken on the Borden Brook trail at the slow running waterfall.

Submitted By Cathy Cosham

Sunset over quiet waters

Near Prospect Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's South Shore is full of hide-aways. In July, we sailed from Halifax to a secluded harbour near Peggy's Cove. Rowing ashore in the morning, we experienced the rugged landscape, where the bushes and trees grow to the shoreline. While sailing home, a pod of porpoises welcomed us back.

Submitted By Doug Denny

Fuller Falls Fundy Trail

Fundy Trail, NB

The Fundy Trail has so many beautiful nature trails, waterfalls and beautiful lookouts. It's such a special spot in New Brunswick

Submitted By Bonnie Chubb

Cabot Cliffs

Cabot Cliffs Golf Course, Inverness, NS

In keeping with the idea of vacationing in Nova Scotia, I've decided what I'm doing this year. Nova Scotia has 61 golf courses (as per the NSGA website). I have played at 33 of them. So, my plan is to play the remaining 28 by the end of the year. Got things kicked off at Cabot Links and Cliffs.

Submitted By Mike LePage

Our Caboose

Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, NS

The Train Station Inn (5th most unique hotel in the world - Conde Nash Traveler) was ideal. Our Caboose was comfortable, and very roomy We are hikers and seniors. The Great Trail along scenic Tatamagouche Bay included lovely parks and was flat and easy for us and started at our door, we loved it!

Submitted By LILLIAN BROWN

Sea Side at Oceanstone

From the property at Oceanstone

My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Oceanstone Resort . We were surrounded by nature . The sea , seabirds, and the view of the lighthouse. A wonderful , beautiful place to reconnect and discover the beauty of love and nature right in our backyard .

Submitted By Wendy Pike

A Staycation Waterfall Hike

Crystal Falls Harmony NS

Nova Scotia waterfalls; they are everywhere! 20 years ago we lived in the Greenwood area and used to regularly visit this waterfall. Now that we live two hours away, we hadn't been there in 20 years. Crystal Falls became a perfect staycation destination! With Tali - our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - ever eager for adventure, we once again visited this picturesque location.

Submitted By Derek Burnett

Tidal Famous

South Maitland River Wranglers, NS

Tidal Fame Do you get the 'look-likes'? When you see someone and think 'You look like someone I know, but I can't quite place you' It's Atlantic Canada, happens all the time, right? Try doing that in a rustic building, middle of the woods, at an embankment overlooking the Shubenacadie River. One of the two river guides there seems familiar. I can't help myself: 'So, you look familiar.' 'Were you here before?' he asks. 'Maybe, in the 90s. I don't think you were born yet.' He smiles. I give up. For now. It was going to be just a two-hour tour: River Wranglers, riding the tidal bore on the world;s highest tides. He leads us down wooden steps built of a big old tree trunk to a zodiac-type boat. Our bubble of six hop in, yellow slickers ready for what would hit us. And boy, did it hit us! Calm at first, it then ripples and surges, and the familiar-looking guide turns the boat around and heads straight for the unfurling froth. Pow! Splash! Water smashes all over us and eddies around the bottom of the boat. I try to scream and laugh at the same time with my mouth shut so I don't taste water. Useless. But here's where my mouth really drops. The guide tells us who he is. He's Emmett Blois, of Amazing Race Canada and Big Brother fame. So that's why I recognized him! He hops out of the boat, adjusts his ball cap, and leads us to the most therapeutic mudbath you can find. We slip slide down the riverbank like otters. Back to the building, hit the showers, and get an 'after' photo full of smiles. A celebrity. Touring world-famous tides. One who's also a dairy farmer. Only in Nova Scotia, you say?

Submitted By Rose Poirier

Beautiful Blue Mountain

Blue Hill Chezzetcook NS

A childhood memory that remains one of our favourite places on Earth. Blue Mountain. Actually, it's called "Blue Hill", but for us who have known it forever, it will always be bigger than just a lowly hill. We are so fortunate that we can still visit this picturesque location and bask in its perpetual beauty. A spur-of-the-moment two-day staycation presented us with one more chance to trek the trail, now heavily overgrown, from the private beach on Soles Lake to the bald-faced granite summit 84 meters above. Accompanied by our ever-eager Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Tali - we bushwhacked our way to the top, emerging to this idyllic scene. Childhood memories wash over us, followed by a flood of reminiscence when we were here with our own children. The moment is surreal, ideal, absolutely perfect. This is how staycations are meant to be.

Submitted By Derek and Holli Burnett

EcoSystems United

Greenwich National Park, PEI

I can't explain how I felt but as I hiked through Greenwich National Park in PEI, I saw agricultural fields and wooded areas, strolled along a floating dock and climbed across the sand dunes. In a short hike I traveled several ecosystems - it was breathtaking!

Submitted By Christine Summers

Pabineau Falls

Bathurst, NB

Pabineau Falls has always had a special place in my heart. When I was younger, my grandfather used to take me here and we would watch the salmon jumping up the falls. It was a time where we would spend time together and he would share stories from his childhood and our Acadian heritage. I was so happy to go back this summer as an adult and rediscover this magical place in our province.

Submitted By Chris Mersereau

The power and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean

Peggy's Cove, NS

Nothing more magical than finding hidden little spots to witness and enjoy the power and beauty of the Atlantic ocean. At Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Submitted By Inge Houtzager

Nature Nap

Oakfield Provincial Park, NS

Oakfield Provincial Park is a hidden gem in the small community of Oakfield, NS. The park, bordering on Grand Lake, is a relaxing place with walking trails, beaches, picnic areas and a boat launch. An easy get away from the city and also a fantastic place for a peaceful nap in nature.

Submitted By Matt Cigolotti

Geologists Great Getaway

High Head, Prospect, NS

I staycation in Nova Scotia every summer! It is an awe-inspiring idyllic nature abound province. My outdoor group and I hike the wooded trails to the rocky coast. We bicycle the historic rail line and kayak its majestic ocean! Nova Scotia's licence plate: Canada's Ocean Playground; so true!

Submitted By Nicole Delory

Railway to the Milkyway

River Philip, NS

I'm 16 years old, live in Nova Scotia, and have a fierce love for the stars. A few years back I got into photography. I work a full time job with back shifts over the summer to support my needs for photography equipment. I put my two favourite hobbies together into one and I dedicate a lot of time and money into it. Astrophotography is my passion. On the night of July 21st 2020, my Mom and I drove 5 minutes from my backdoor into a field to photograph comet NEOWISE. After I photographed the comet we drove over some train tracks and I had an image in mind. We spent a few minutes at the tracks and made my idea come to life. In my mind it's my best image yet. You can see more of my photography on my instagram @fionamorris_photography

Submitted By Fiona Morris

Walking on Water

Greenwich National Park, PEI

Once the Atlantic bubble was open for travel we headed to PEI. We stayed at a lovely B&B, the Graham Inn in Cavendish. We took our bikes with us and hit the trails. One day we biked, hiked and went for a swim, our own mini triathlon. the Greenwich National Park trail was amazing. We had an amazing trip.

Submitted By Sharon Skipper

NB Golf

Rothesay, NB

New Brunswick offers many golfing options and The Riverside Country Club has great golf and wonderful views of the Kennebecasis River. I love to golf and so do my children so its always a nice day when we golf as a family.

Submitted By Peter Chubb

Bohaker Waterfall

Delaps Cove, NS

My husband and I often celebrate my birthday by exploring a local trail, park or seaside locale. This year we walked the short but well maintained Bohaker Trail into Delaps Cove, Annapolis County. It is a lovely woodland walk through mature trees that comes out to a spectacular view of the cliffs along the Bay of Fundy. We watched a fishing boat at work before continuing on to enjoy the beautiful 43 foot high Bohaker Waterfall. To complete our outing we enjoyed fresh lobster roll at a restaurant in Hillsburn.

Submitted By Sheila Munro

Walking the Rails with History

Chignecto Ships Railway Trail, NS

As we hiked across the wilderness of the Chignecto Peninsula, a cloud of dust and noise came roaring toward us. We imagined it to be two train engines side by side pulling a huge sailing vessel. When the dust settled we saw two ATVs. Our summer project was to walk the Chignecto Ship's Railway Trail from Tidnish to Fort Lawrence, Nova Scotia. Henry Ketchum started the Chignecto Ship's Railway project in the 1880's and it was mostly finished until financing ran out on the last mile. Four thousand workers labored for years to construct the rail lines over seventeen miles, connecting the Bay of Fundy with the Northumberland Strait, avoiding the dangers of sailing the long distance. Our planned adventure to ride the Trans Siberian Express in April was derailed by Covid 19, so we decided instead to walk a train line forgotten by time. We ordered topographical maps, read Jay Underwood's book, Ketchum's Folly and packed our backpacks with overnight supplies. We planned to camp overnight at Long Lake. Little did Ketchum know that although his project was never completed, the land would be protected and a multi- use trail for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and off- road vehicle travel would be created that would become part of the Trans Canada Trail. Our tired feet carried us through fourteen miles of a backcountry terrain of marshes, bogs, and forests and at the end of the developed trail the path dwindled into a forest track where we headed back to Tidnish. We wondered how far that forest path would carry us toward Fort Lawrence before it turned into a marshy dream unfinished. That is the next hike we have planned for our summer of exploring close to home to celebrate the Chignecto Ship's Railway.

Submitted By Jan Feduck

Cape Chignecto

Cape Chignecto, NS

I spent the August long weekend hiking the multi-day trail around Cape Chignecto. We took 4 days to hike the trail which meant more time staring off the cliffs and enjoying the beaches. It's a difficult hike and we were fairly sore (and smelly) at the end but proud of ourselves for making the trek.

Submitted By Isaiah Jacques

Incredible Sky

Wellington Dyke, Kings Co, NS

This is a beautiful place to walk, year round--Wellington Dyke on the Minas Basin. Our Golden Retriever, Sparky, adored it there too. On this particular day in March, there was an incredible sky.

Submitted By Lynn Manning

Cooling off at the Bonshaw River swimming hole

Bonshaw, PEI

This week we spent two more lovely hours on the beautiful Bonshaw River. The Bonshaw River is also called Ji'ka'we'katik in Mi'kmaq, meaning 'where the striped bass are plentiful'. Although we never expect to see striped bass, we often see other species of fish, depending on the time of year, and we did see bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, ducks, kingfishers, sandpipers, crows and other birds. Plus a brief glimpse of a muskrat! As usual for these hot days, we got out of our canoes at the swimming hole for a quick cold swim! We are so blessed to have this well-forested river as a nature excursion right at our doorstep!

Submitted By Tony Reddin

Hike to the top

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, NS

This is a nature walk like no other. My Dad with his granchildren on top of the Skyline Trail was gorgeous and we were unplugged from all electronics. Eagles, whales in the Bay and moose were abundant on this day.

Submitted By Marie Donovan

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