One of the great things about hiking in Nova Scotia is that you don’t have to go far to reach many scenic areas.

The disadvantage of visiting areas like this is that cellular reception can be difficult. Take for example, my recent late fall hike at Monks Head. The area is a Provincial Park Reserve. The hiking along the cliffs offers great views of the ocean. We are not far from the road, but as soon as hit the trail; no cell phone reception.

This is where the inReach really shines. I turn on tracking and with my iPhone I’m sending regular SMS messages to friends so that they know where I am. With that, I’m able to continue my hike with my trusty sidekick; Keji the Black Lab.

Back at Monks Head. The general area was originally settled by the Acadians in 1700’s. Fishing was the main activity. Flounder, eel, salmon & trout were the main catches. Within a few years farming was established further growing the community.

Six kilometers of trails were developed to highlight the coastal views at the edge of the Northumberland Strait. With the adjacent beach, you can spend a lot of time walking the shoreline and looking at the eye catching rock formations.

We started out walking across the open fields from Chez Deslauriers and started going downhill to the main trailhead. We pass through a softwood forest until we hit the Barachois pond and the water. Nearby cranberry bushes offer a nice contrast to the coastline.

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5 Must-Do Trails in Atlantic Canada

Third Vault Falls – Located in Fundy National Park, this hike brings you straight down to a narrow gorge where you will the tallest water fall in the park. Make this hike early in the season to see the falls in action.

Bluff Hiking Trails – Looking for backcountry hiking on a bus route? This stacked loop trail system offers a more rugged hike within city limits.

Confederation Trail – This converted rail bed allows you to hike or bike from one end of Prince Edward Island to the other.

Hemlocks & Hardwoods – Located in Kejimkujik National Park, this loop trail makes you travel within the oldest hemlock forest in Nova Scotia. These large trees form a spooky landscape in foggy days.

Taylor Head Provincial park – Some of the most rugged & unspoiled coastline can be found in this park. Coastal hikes takes you along the various habitats which is one of the top bird watching areas in Nova Scotia.

Jim Cyr
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