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.