We needed to go for a walk. Really we did. We have been in lockdown for almost a month and haven’t done much walking since it started. Lock down currently means Do Not Leave Your Community! Or in our case our region or zone. Lucky for us, the trails are only a five minute drive from our house.
The Atlantic View Trail begins where The Salt Marsh Trail ends. I wrote about The Salt Marsh Trail last fall. If you’re interested, you can read about it here. We walked part of the Salt Marsh Trial a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the end of our two-week quarantine period after JT arrived. Today, The Doc bowed out so it was just JT and I heading east. The Atlantic View Trail weaves in and out along the shore of Lawrencetown Nova Scotia. The Lawrencetown next to Cole Harbour (home of Sidney Crosby), Nova Scotia. I have to be specific because there is more than one Lawrencetown in this province. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail System and, like many trails in this area, was once the railway line.
Our first stop was what I call the duck cove, which is often full of ducks but not so much today. We did see a few elsewhere. As we continue, we walk next to a sheltered ocean cove. The smell of salt air surrounds us and we breathe it in. It is a smell we love. Just past the cove is the horse ranch and a smell that we are less fond of, but it is always a joy to see the horses.
The trail curves inland a bit and we walk through an area banked with evergreens. I like to imagine how trains once travelled through these passageways with branches within reach of their windows. Then once again, we are strolling next to the sheltered and calm ocean water.
In the distance, we see one of our favourite places. The Macdonald House sits on the hill overlooking the beach on the far side. For many years (at least eight) this was where JT and I celebrated his last day of school. It was once the home of The Heron’s Nest Tea Room where tea and scones were JT’s lunch of choice every time. Although The Heron’s Nest is no longer there, there is a cozy coffee shop/cafe that is worth stopping at. The views will take your breath away.
We end our walk at Lawrencetown beach. Another place I have written about in the past. You can read about it here. It is a place we love. When I was younger, this beach was all sand, but the years and storms have changed the terrain so that it now has an abundance of beautiful beach stones, which by the way are protected so it is illegal to remove any from the beach. If it wasn’t, you would see, pickup trucks and open trunks being filled to appease gardeners and landscapers.
The trail continues past the beach quite a ways, as indicated on the map, so we decide to turn around and head back to the car with plans to cover the rest of it on our next walk.
The eastern shore of Nova Scotia is the shore less travelled by tourists and locals alike. The province is trying to promote the area more, which leaves me torn because I am not sure I am ready to share this part of my province. It is not the sharing I mind exactly, it is the changes that will come when it gets discovered and crowded and over used and possibly abused. When change rooms and showers become more important than the natural beauty. It is a fragile, rugged and magnificent area that holds a large place in my heart. I would like it to stay that way forever.
Thanks you for reading.
Photos: Jenn Stone