Sunday, August 9, 2009

A New Adventure in Atlantic Canada

Kay finished work at Den Hahn's nursery for the summer yesterday and for the first time this summer we had a Sunday together.

After checking out King's Presbyerian Church in New Minas, and enjoying a very warm welcome and a laid-back summer service there (I'm sure we'll be back), we followed the advice of a coworker and drove an hour to Nova Scotia's south shore to check out a coastal feature called The Ovens.

After making our way slowly through a very crowded Mahone Bay, and passing through Lunenburg just as the yearly folk festival was coming to an end, we made our way to Ovens Natural Park.

Since the tide was just coming in we didn't see anything this spectacular:

However, the clifftop walk and the chance to descend to five natural caves was worth the $18 admission to the park. The sea has carved long openings into the side of the cliffs along a stretch of several kilometres, and as the waves rolled in, the sound, amplified inside the caves, reminded me of the humpback whale we met during a tour off Brier Island last summer. Sadly we left the camera at home but there are some photos on the park website here. We are planning to return and camp at one of the clifftop sites there before the summer is over.

As an added bonus, we had a spectacular view of the Bluenoose II, the replica of Nova Scotia's most famous ship, as she sailed out of Lunenburg. The Bluenose II is operated by the Lunenburg Maritime Museum Society and offers tours.

This photo of her from the website pretty much captures what we saw. An unforgettable sight, and one that has us thinking about taking a cruise on her next summer.

A lovely day to be out exploring Nova Scotia., and an appetizer for travels planned later this month during my leave.

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