A drive, a picnic, a hike and…QUALITY time with the FAM

David took a vacation day! Getting back to work and straight days with not too much adventure isn’t fun in the summer. And so since family are visiting it’s a good excuse to pull just one…one vacation day. Even James asked for the day off. Yay!!!

We packed up the car and headed for the valley this morning.


Destination: Cape Split in the Annapolis Valley.

But first a stop at the Blomidin Look Off. This is an amazing view of the Annapolis Valley and farm country. We enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch before going on our hike.

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Cape Split is a headland located on the Bay of Fundy in Kings County on the coast.  It is a continuation of the North Mountain Range. The cape is 7 km long and ranges between several kilometres to several metres in width. Both sides of the headland end in high cliffs overlooking treacherous tidal currents in the Minas Channel.

It’s a very popular hiking trail that has existed for decades and takes approximately 2–2.5 hours each way to the tip of the headland. Most of the Cape is heavily forested, but the tip of the peninsula is a meadow with an awesome view. and the cliffs at Cape Split can be dangerous. The last time we were there was with James and Kenny the summer before we went to China, so about 4 years ago. Today was so much fun. It’s about a 16km hike round trip and it took us 2 hours each way which is not too bad and I think everyone had fun, even our nephew Jeremy who repeatedly asked “Are we there yet?” as we first started the hike. The park has changed in the last four years since the government has taken it over, since we’ve been there.There is parking, picnic tables and washrooms at the start of the trail and even the trail itself seems much better even after Hurricane Arthur that caused so much damage to the trail that they had to close for a few weeks until the debris could be cleared.

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Then it was on to Halls Harbour for some fish & chips. We even got a bit of a lesson all about lobsters during our meal.

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Halls Harbour is a picturesque fishing village located along the shore of the Bay of Fundy, not too far from Cape Split. The area is very scenic and the hamlet itself has been declared a Nova Scotia Tourism Destination Area. The village is named after Samuel Hall, an American privateer in the American Revolution. Hall used the cove to raid settlements in the Annapolis Valley but was forced to flee and abandon his ship in the harbour by pursuing militia in 1779. Hall’s Harbour was first settled in 1826 with the first wharf built in 1836. In later years, legend held that Hall left treasure behind, attracting treasure hunters who have left abandoned pits deep in the woods surrounding the harbour. With a restaurant and lobster pound, as well as an interesting wharf,  antiques and artisans galleries, it’s a fun place to wander around and get some great pics!

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Just an absolutely PERFECT day!



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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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