27 September 2015

Hiking The Bay of Fundy

The WORLD'S Highest Tides 
and 
A Meal At Nova Scotia's BEST Restaurant 2015



Home to the highest tides in the world, the Bay of Fundy is a 270 km (170 mile) long ocean bay that stretches between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast. Each day 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle ... MORE than the combined flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers

We hiked at several locations as we travelled around the Bay of Fundy; in the bay at low tide, above the bay along the coastal trails and in adjacent forest near the bay. We also had one of our best restaurant meals E V E R ... anywhere !



FIVE ISLANDS PROVINCIAL PARK, NOVA SCOTIA
Official Website
1. Hiking Along the Fundy Beach ...
Interesting geological formations, easy grade, rocky footing, seaweed on stone, you can see forever, good stone selection to 'oil up' for the collection, strong smells, the locals gather shellfish at low tide.


                                      

View from Old Wife Point to the Red Cliffs; a basalt and sandstone formation


BEST RESTAURANT In Nova Scotia 2015
Dining at the Wild Caraway ...
We don't often do a post of restaurants that we visit, but when we do, there has to be something special about the place. The meal we had at the Wild Caraway has to be one of the best we have enjoyed anywhere. It comes highly rated. The menu changes weekly, depending on the availability of locally grown or raised and fresh caught, produce, meats, fish and seafood. If you find yourself travelling this route, a meal here should be on your 'Must Do' list. 



You're Welcome to Join Us ...

AMUSE BOUCHE 
Green Tomatoe Soup, fennel, dulce rolls ...  a new taste sensation for us.



APPETIZERS                                                                                                                                            

Helen - PORK & SCALLOPS: master stocked Oulton’s pork belly, seared scallops, short grain rice, pickled pineapple, shiitake mushrooms ... whole food, local, organic.

Dann - WILD MUSHROOM SOUP: chanterelle flan, mushroom foam, sourdough ... becoming a Foodie. 


ENTREES                                                                                                                                                
Helen - CHICKEN: pan-roasted Moon Tide Farm breast, fennel gratin, honey-glazed carrots, light chicken & orange jus ... large serving, leftovers packaged up.                                                                                                     
Dann - HALIBUT: locally-caught grilled filet, fried green tomatoes, garden ratatouille, chow, lemon aioli ... plate all cleaned up, just like Granny Lance would have wanted.

The Wine Domaine de Grand Pre ‘Tidal Bay’ ... Nova Scotia wines are just as enjoyable as ' pickaplace '.

The Finish  Shortbread cookies with spruce tips ... from the forest edge.

CAPE CHIGNECTO PROVINCIAL PARK, NS
Official Website
2. A gradual ascent through the forest and cliffs above The Bay and then a steep descent down to the shoreline ... a nice, moderate trail.
During our walk, we were joined by a female Spruce Grouse attempting to attract a courting partner, noticed by a flittering of Chickadees collecting for the Autumn gather, scolded by a gang of Red Squirrels gathering for the Autumn collection, and Helen was stalked by a lone-wolf, Harbour Seal for a couple of hundred feet along the coast ... we also heard about, but didn't see, a Black Bear.



Just remember, Mother Nature had this idea first ...


3. Hiking at EATONVILLE ...
The Drive to the Trailhead: In addition to the alarmingly B A D roads in Nova Scotia, LOAF has had to face a multitude of adverse conditions on this trip. Narrow, single lane bridges, 'KEEP YOUR EARS TUCKED IN' and scary signage, 'EXPECT FLOOD CONDITIONS, EXTREMELY HIGH TIDES'. Eatonville was once a vibrant shipbuilding and lumbering centre and harbour. Nothing remains of the original community. Nova Scotia Parks has developed the area and included it as part of Cape Chignecto PP. The walking is easy, quiet and peaceful.


Three Sisters Formation at mid and low tides



The Eatonville Harbour


Abandoned and High & Dry ...


HOPEWELL ROCKS, NEW BRUNSWICK
Official Website
4. Hiking ... really, just an easy walk. 
The Hopewell Rocks, also called the Flowerpots Rocks or simply The Rocks, are rock formations caused by tidal erosion. They stand 40–70 feet tall. The formations consist of dark sedimentary conglomerate and sandstone rock.



CAPE ENRAGE, NB
Official Website
5. Walking ...  



                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             94 steps to the shore


FUNDY NATIONAL PARK, NB
Official Website
5. Hiking Trails: Shiphaven, Coppermine, Dickson Falls, Caribou Falls, East Branch, Kinnie Brook, Tracey Lake (part) 
We spent a couple of days hiking as many of the trails as we could squeeze in. This will be our last stopover for the trip. From here it's a 3 or 4 day drive home.


Lunch spot along the east branch of the Point Wolfe River


How a flark is formed and even the mighty moose gets mired. This bog has been growing for more than 8000 years. It is a giant mound of sodden peat, 4 metres deep. Sometimes rotten spots appear in a bog where the peat has decomposed and turned into a slurry. As dangerous as quicksand, these are called flarks. Since this trail was built, at least two moose have been trapped by the flark. Both were found and pulled out. One survived.

Dickson Falls

Our last view of the Bay of Fundy 

Crusty ... calf, quad and thigh building! 







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