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Guest Post: Arisaig Park – Northumberland Shore

10 Aug

Editor’s note: A big “thank you” to Denise who shared her trip to Arisaig Park with us.  Coincidentally, she was there the same day we were at Cribbon’s Point, just around the corner from her.  You can read more of Denise’s writings in her column for The Southender here.

 

My clearest memories of my days as a schoolgirl are of times spent outside the classroom, moreso than of times spent in it.  I remember one special field trip, taken when I was in grade five, to Arisaig Provincial Park, about 30 kilometres north of Antigonish.  The purpose of the trip was to get an up-close look at the fossil-rich sedentary rock formations.  It felt like we had time-traveled back a few hundred million years to a magical place.

I visited the park in the early evening in late July, on a very hot day, two restless dogs in tow. We parked in a small parking lot in the shade of the mature Acadian forest that comprises the non-beach area of the park, and walked up a short boardwalk to an interpretive kiosk.  There I found concise information on the history of the rock formations and a map of the trails through the woods.  The dogs and I paused for a moment to admire the view of Arisaig’s beach and wharf; the water was beautifully calm.

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Active Greenways: Halifax to Tantallon

9 Aug

What do you do with railways that aren’t in use anymore?  Turn them into an active transit greenway that will get you all the way from Halifax to Lunenburg.  It started with a trip to ‘cheap movie night’ at the Bayers Lake Empire Theatres.  The trail not only got us there quickly, but it made our movie night feel like more of an adventure (and helped us excuse all of the movie theatre treats).  Since then, we’ve been taking progressively farther rides.

The first part of the trail, the one that takes you to the park, is the Chain of Lakes Trail.  As indicated by it’s name, it runs along the Chain Lakes  and Bayers Lake.  These lakes are gorgeous but please resist the temptation to dive in as these are the municipality’s back-up water supply.  Chain of Lakes runs parallel to Joseph Howe Drive in the west end of the Halifax core area, before turning west at Springvale Avenue.  You can access the trail here, at the Ashburn Golf Course entrance and at Crown Drive off the St. Margaret’s Bay Road.  The trail is newly paved in some sections and crusher dust in others. Continue reading