Natal Day Monday is a holiday in Nova Scotia, so – we went to Tiverton to see the balancing rock. (We also went whale watching – but that was in the Zodiac and not walking!) The balancing rock is pretty amazing. A tall column of basalt seems to balance almost on tiptoes on a ledge of more rock. It is nine metres tall. The trail leading to the shore and the rock covers some boggy ground, great habitat for tamarck (Larix laricina). You can see trees up close along the trail. Tamarack are the only conifer trees in the area that loose their needles in the winter.
After the rock the most spectacular part of the trail is the stairs, all 337 steps of the stairs, on the trail, down the shoreline cliff to the rock. That is a lot of steps, and the kids in our group counted them, just to make sure the signs were accurate.