Now that I have sorted the info from our trip – not one photo from the section of the trail that we enjoyed the most!! What was I thinking? Not only are the photos a way to share the walk with you, the reader, but this visual record helps me organize my thoughts about what I want to share! So… I can recommend this website to plan and see news about an Ontario section of the Trans Canada Trail www.ourfavtctrail.ca/ and – as promised it links to a great map for this Peterborough to Hastings section of the trail. Drive west out of Hastings, follow the smaller roads (concession roads) and head down towards Trent River/Rice Lake. We parked in the woods on the side of the road and set off. A lovely walk under the trees, along wetlands and little traveled – at least when we were there.
Lately we had the chance to do part of the Trans Canada Trail while visiting in Ontario. We did two sections, one to the west and one to the east of Hastings. It is wide and easy walking. To the east, the trail is an unexciting rail bed. We did however have several neat sitings – a couple lovely views of the Trent River, predated turtle nests, osprey, healthy, luxuriant poison ivy.
The weather has warmed up some and Sunday was an excellent day for a walk along part of the Shubenacadie Canal. To begin, we headed north from the parking lot – the trail was clear and packed but not as well traveled as the Lake Charles section which we walked later. If you are keen you can walk from there all the way to the Dartmouth waterfront, about 11.5 km.
Although Dartmouth lakes are well frozen now (after two weeks of real cold!!), the streams joining the lakes are still open.
The Shubenacadie Canal: In HRM there are trails along several of the lakes that compose the southern end of this canal system which stretches across the province and a favorite city park is located along the canal and named for the canal – Shubie Park. Parking today was at Portabello Parking lot.
Last weekend the roads were quite icy, so we went for a walk close to home. The Shearwater Flyer Trail is part of the old rail bed which has been converted to trails all around HRM and connects to the Salt Marsh Trail out Lawrencetown way. This walk is very flat and straight. It is an easy walk (when you’re not slipping on ice). The western end passes behind houses and an industrial area, but once past these areas it is a pleasant walk in typical Nova Scotia spruce and scrub/brush woods. The ground in the woods is very wet and covered in mosses; Kalmia (sheep laurel) grows in more open, boggy areas.
Directions and maps of this trail were surprisingly few online. However, the trail has been mapped and named on Google Maps. We began near the western end, but I would suggest beginning at the parking lot identified on my map.
The trail is named for the former CFB Shearwater which while now a part of CFB Halifax continues to operate as an airport and wharf.
December 25 was a beautiful winter day in 2011. The Salt Marsh Trail was just the place to admire the snow (before it all left later in the week!). The trail begins in the woods, but quickly leads out into the salt marsh where the old rail line used to run. It is really a great opportunity to walk with dry feet through a salt marsh environment. Close to Halifax, the trail is easily accessible and even on Christmas Day we met other walkers and runners. The full length is 6.5 km, but since it is not return, tracks in the snow indicated that most people don’t go the complete distance. This trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail system and the HRM recreation web pages includes a map. There are often ducks on the water here. During our walk we saw lots of ducks and Canada Geese who may never leave if the weather continues as warm as it was today (10 C).
On December 18, looking for a quick walk, we headed off to “Shubie Park”. Brilliant red berries edged the trail – Wintergreen, also called teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens). Coincidentally, we went there for a winter walk on December 18, 2010. And none of those photos were posted – so, a couple follow here.
When I searched hikes i like for other Shubie posts for links there were no Shubie posts…what’s up with that? We often walk there when looking for a longer in-town walk. How could I not have posted? Shubie park is a green space along a Nova Scotian canal. There are all kinds of trails there and it is especially popular with dog walkers (there are off leash trails).
We didn’t actually run – but you could; we walked a short stretch of the Trans Canada Trail (Atlantic View Trail) today beginning near Rocky Run (also near Three Fathom Harbour Rd). Walking west -and taking a slight detour- there are some great views. Up on the cliffs overlooking Terminal Beach rollers (small ones) were coming in – wonderful sounds. Not too surprising since this is just east of Lawrencetown Beach of Nova Scotia surfing renown. At one high point we were able to see Porters Lake to the north, Lawrencetown Beach to the west, Graham Head (I think) to the east and ocean to the south.
My HRM map shows approximately where these pictures were taken.