Best sand beach for beach walks — Martinique

martinique_6208. provincial park, Nova Scotia

What an excellent day at the beach.  Imagine – the last weekend in September and the weather on the eastern shore was sunny and warm – also really windy, so I was glad I’d brought my fleece.  Lots of people had the same good idea 🙂 – almost all of the parking spots were full.  Across the boardwalk and below the dunes we ate our sandwiches (my partner makes the best!) as the tide fell and then we set off for our walk.

Martinique is one of the best sand beaches in Nova Scotia for a beach walk.  Today we watched the shore birds running and fluttering in and out of the waves – always just a few feet ahead.

Far up the beach were piles of seaweed – all kinds.  We found some of the green invasive, Codium  fragile.  It looks like a finger sponge, but it’s not.

Codium fragile

DFO’s website suggests reporting this species (at least the French website does – not the English!), but really there is an awful lot of this around, probably not worth reporting anymore.

Imagine you are looking through binoculars to see the sweep of the beach.

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Check other posts about Martinique Beach.

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Snowy Owl at the beach

bird of prey

Sometimes, you just wish you had a better camera!  Yesterday at Lawrencetown Beach we were lucky enough to see a snowy owl.  We spotted the white bird at a bit of a distance as it flew over the waves, and then flew over us!  The walk in the cold, cold wind over the cobbles was definitely worth it Sunday.

Lawrencetown Beach_5160

On the winter beach, cobbles have virtually swallowed the stairs leading from the parking lot to the shore (crossing the dune). We walk frequently at Lawrencetown Beach.  It is close to Halifax and is an excellent hour plus walk on a cobble stone beach.

Keji Seaside – in the wind

Kejimkujik National Park - Seaside

Excellent day hiking at Kejimkujik Seaside.  We walked the trail counter clock-wise out around Port Joli Head and that direction was a most excellent choice because the wind was really blowing!  Gusts up to 50 k (at a guess) and it was cold!  But with the wind at our backs, the ground frozen and the sun shining we had a first rate day.

To start we headed into the wind across a large wetland/bog typical of this coastal area.  The spruce are scrubby and often low and spreading under the influence of the constant wind.

Nova Scotia shoreline spruce

Generally the path is in very good condition with gravel, and boardwalk. In a some sections of the trail is beaten dirt. We were fortunate that the temperature was below freezing so the ground was frozen is these places, since it can sometimes be soft and mucky.

Kejimkujik Seaside, trail

Other posts about Kejimkujik Seaside can be found in 2009 and 2011 under shoreline or search Keji.  The general map has directions.

Tiny jellyfish at Martinique Beach

Martinique Beach

A sea gooseberry is not a jellyfish – title above not withstanding! But they really do look like jellyfish.

sea gooseberry at Martinique Beach provincial park. Nova Scotia. Jan 2014

beach find

Recently we were walking at the beach and there were these amazing little beasties, the size of dimes to quarters, that looked like droplets of water on the sand.  They were scattered across the sand in strung out lines revealing where waves had washed and retreated. A short internet search turned up this excellent video of these sea gooseberries.

There are always neat things to see at the beach and Martinique Beach provincial park and it is such a great walking beach  – highly recommended.

Crystal Crescent Beach’s fall colours

Crystal Crescent BeachA beautiful fall weekend and beautiful fall colours in shades of orange and brown accented by a blue ocean and green spruce.  Crystal Crescent Beach is one of my favorites (and for many Haligonians too!). We didn’t make it out to the point, since we started late in the day and stopped frequently to admire the view, and snap pictures.  The sun was brilliant on the ferns and the fields were painted in sweeps of golden browns and orange browns.

Check out this post for more info on the trail itself and this one for more.

Crystal Crescent, fall colours, Sept, 2013.crystal crescent beach - fall colours

Foggy walk

Early morning at the beach on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia is often foggy.  Recently I visited Rainbow Haven Beach early Saturday morning – planning to catch some of that great early morning light and … whoa fog and more fog, so while waiting for the gate to open (I had forgotten that as a provincial park, there would be a gate that only opened at 8 am!), I walked around the lagoons behind the beach.

Rainbow Haven cormorants, Nova ScotiaRainbow Haven, early morning fogLater walking on the beach there was great light.

Rainbow Haven Beach, Nova ScotiaRainbow Haven Beach provincial park is close to Dartmouth and so makes a great choice for early morning walks and photos.  Check the map for directions and search Rainbow Haven for other posts.

Dartmouth & Coast Guard Ship

Edward Cornwallis - Canadian Coast Guard ShipLovely gentle walk today along the Dartmouth waterfront.  The Canadian Coast Guard has a station here in Dartmouth and it is not unusual to see one of their ships docked.  Today the Edward Cornwallis was in port. The Coast Guard lists this ship as a high endurance multi-tasked ship at 83 m.

painted rock, DartmouthFarther along the path a gentle face looks up from the woods. Generally I’m not one for graffiti, but I confess to a liking for the painted rocks found from time to time along the paths and roads in Nova Scotia.

We didn’t see any sailing ships today except on the painted power boxes.

Other posts about the Dartmouth Harbourfront trail refer to maps and directions.