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Taylor Head Beach

12 Nov

This secluded little beach seemed like such a hidden treasure, we almost didn’t want to write about it. But, as it turns out, Taylor Head beach is no secret for many Nova Scotians. Arriving before 10, we had the whole beach to ourselves, and what a beach. A picturesque rocky cove, with fine white sand and sky for days. The tide was low, so we were able to climb up onto a large rock, a move that almost left us stranded due to fast raising tides.

Another nice feature are the sheltered picnic tables. Just off the beach, this area is well shaded without compromising the view of the water.

The whole beach is surrounded by a provincial park, filled with well kept path ways, fire pits, picnic tables and descriptive signs of the marine wildlife. As we were leaving around 11 am, the crowds were just starting to arrive. With lots of camping nearby, and breathtaking views of land and sea alike, Taylor Head Beach is a must-see, especially for all the early birds out there.

Murphy’s Campground

18 Sep

A few weeks ago, we set off on an impromptu trip to Cape Breton, our hearts set on camping the cabot trail. However, after a long workweek and a few unsuccessful inquiries to campsites, we settled on a shorter (but no less beautiful) trip to the Eastern shore.

 

The Eastern shore is the least visited part of our fair province, although the drive alone makes it hard to understand why. The journey was filled with breathtaking sights of the shoreline, secluded picnic spots and pristine beaches. Over the next few posts, we’ll share some of the highlights of our Eastern Shore Adventure.

 

First up, Murphy’s Campground:

Located about 45 minutes outside of downtown Halifax, Murphy’s Campground is conveniently located for urbanites looking for a short trip out of the city. We didn’t book Murphy’s in advance and ended up on a very small plot, just big enough to squeeze the car and our tent onto. Our site was not unique in this, as most sites are small and close together.  This can be a plus if you’re the sociable type, but for others it makes it difficult to feel like you’ve gotten away from it all.  In fact, Murphy’s is one of the more social campgrounds we’ve seen, offering nightly community bonfires with music and free mussels, and the Sailor’s Rest, a lounge in a cabin with complimentary coffee.

 

Prices are okay but not great, at $25/night and $5/bundle of wood.  If you’re feeling thrifty, there are plenty of houses offering $2-3 bundles all along the road in each direction leading to the grounds.  The people are friendly, and don’t give you the same hassle with registration that another campground in the region does.  If you are booking in advance with a few friends, try to get the two plots at the end of the road as they’re a little more secluded from the rest.