Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Summer of 2012 we chose not to access the Tobeatic without 4X4
and instead we decided to do some hiking at Cape Chignecto
we had stopped off there in early August 2011 when taking the scenic route back from New Brunswick
Red Rock was interesting and the Trails appealed to both of us
we decided to set up camp in the New Yarmouth Campsite [ Accessible with a Vehicle]
and explore the area over several Day Hikes
after setting up camp on day 1 we did a short hike on the lower half of the McGahey Brook trail
returning via the Christie Viewpoint trail
interesting Country and vegetation lots of climbing up and down hills
Day 2 was pouring rain so instead of hiking we chose to do a photo tour of the area centered around Cape D’Or lighthouse
a very interesting place with extensive history in the region yielding some very nice photos
In the afternoon  after the Rain quit we decided to do the top end of the McGahey Brook Canyon trail then the Mill Brook Canyon trail
and return along the beach to Red Rocks this had to be Timed well as at high tide the beach is not navigable
and we did not want to spend a night stranded or worse

as it was we missed the small trail to the beach and proceeded a ways along the refugee cove trail
realizing our mistake we did get back to the beach in plenty of time to make it back to red rocks
with no problem from the incoming tide
after that hike we learned from Park Staff that the Beach trail is indeed closed in spite of what was
printed in the brochures
storm surges had moved rocks enough to make the access to the beach from Mill Brook Trail hazardous

we had a bit of trouble getting across the huge rocks and can see how less agile folks would have a hard time
perhaps even risking injury
we had to lift the dogs over the rocks Sophie was no problem but Brutus at around 100 pounds was a bit of a struggle
the rest was easy and almost boring compared to the up and down we had done all day though even the dogs were Dog Tired
almost back along the beach fog rolled in across the ridge and yielded some awesome scenic shots

with more heavy rain setting in on Day 3 and expected to last many days we packed up and headed home via a very wet drive

4th Tobeatic Wilderness Trip

Our 4th trip into the Tobeatic was a return to Whitesand Lake
this time the truck and road behaved
there was nobody around the put in on Sporting lake Stream
on the previous occassions there were several vehicles parked there

water was very high on this trip (Jun 24-29 2013) and we never had to get out of the Canoe
until well up Whitesand stream.

we both very much prefer Paddling  to  Portaging upstream

lovely Weather the first couple of days  then the rain set in and never gave up

the reason for the High water i suppose

during this trip we decided to explore the route up to Moose hide Lake via Moose head stream
which involved about 2 km of portages and 1.5 of paddling
from the far side of Moose Hide Lake one can carry over a 2.8 km portage
into Sand Beach Lake on the Shelburne river system and we were exploring this route for a possible future
loop through the country

Laurinda managed to get a couple of awesome shots including the 1 on Rocky Dead water
where the Light was Magnificant
at one point we set the canoe down during a portage and brutus who had enough bucking through wet brush jumped in
During this side trip the rain set in in earnest and we remained wet until we decided
enough was enough and headed out
We encountered a few wash outs on the way out fortunately none bad enough to prevent our progress
saw some wild creatures mostly toads and frogs some nesting birds and a very wet Porcupine on the road while heading out of the wilderness

a big disappointment  was the status of  a favorite restaurant in Digby  right on the wharf

on all our Tobeatic trips we stopped there for a feed of seafood but this time  found out  the restaurant had  closed up shop


3rd Tobeatic Trip

Our 3rd trip into the Tobeatic  was  aborted on day 1

we got stuck trying to get around a washout on the road in and realized the 4 wheel drive was not working

several hours later we managed to get the truck out of the ditch after much jacking  and hauling rock

not willing to risk another such incident in the wilderness we went to  a safer locale and did some fishing

on Bourneuf Lake near Weymouth. White Perch are very tasty! Laurinda Loves Fishing

on the trip home we stopped off to shoot some photos at the Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse

Whitesand Lake

Our second Tobeatic trip was into Whitesand Lake

we started from the same place  the put in on Sporting Lake Stream

but went downstream and around 5th Lake Flowage then up Whitesand Stream to this gorgeous lake

not quite as easy as it sounds  the Portages or Carries are supposed to be blazed for easy location

all Blazes along Whitesand Stream have been removed which made  for some navigational uncertainty

as it was we camped within 10 feet of  the trail we were looking for on day 2 in a pouring rain soaked to the bone

our reward was this photo, among others, the following Morning

Tobeatic Morning

while it won first place  for scenics in 2010 at the Kings County Photography Club

i much prefer some of the sunrise shots  from Whitesand lake

Sunrise on Whitesand Lake

With serene  beauty like this  readily available i guess it’s not surprising some folks might try to keep it to themselves by removing trail blazes

we did see some wildlife this trip many baby toads and frogs at Whitesand lake, Loons of course

 just after reaching Fifth lake Flowage heading home a Black Bear meandering along the shore of the lake

fortunately neither the Bear nor Brutus got wind of each other

and a kingfisher near the end of the paddle home on Sporting Lake Stream

A big disappointment after the trip; so far on each trip we stopped in Digby for a feed of  awesome fish and chips

right off the Wharf …….unfortunately that establishment closed shop

Sporting Lake


A misty morning  on Sporting Lake inspired  our first great shot in the Tobeatic Wilderness.

Laurinda worked at this while i suffered Higher Priorities  Making Fire and  brewing  our morning Coffee  {:-)

This shot won First place in Open Category Photos  for 2009 at the Kings County Photography Club.

Another  shot from the same trip won second Place.

Sporting Lake Rock

The  big draw for Sporting Lake  on our first Tobeatic trip was the 3 islands on the lake that have never been logged, comprising the Sporting Lake Nature Reserve.

Natural Old Growth Forests that reflect  what the Province  was like before the arrival of Europeans.

While it took  real effort to get there ultimately it was a very relaxing  time for both of us.