The Bay Of Fundy - Tom YoungRegular price $14.95
Five Islands to Moose Island
I have always wanted to walk out to Moose Island. There’s something about walking on sea bottom, barnacle and seaweed covered. Looking ahead, you raise your eyes upward to see the beach that fringes the island. Above that, the island itself, a green shadow silhouetted against a fading glow of the sun setting in the west. Moose Island is in Five Islands Provincial Park in Nova Scotia. Its about 2 km long and shaped like and oval sloping upward from east to west. The 100 m high cliffs that border the west end of the island are basalt rock of volcanic origins layered over sedimentary sandstone. This kind of geology makes the region an attraction for fossil hunters and gem collectors. This is the site of the famous “Not Since Moses” adventure run. I participated in the 10 km run several years ago. It was an awesome experience, taking the water taxi across an open stretch of ocean, almost 5 kilometres (3 miles), and then 5 hours later a run across the sand bars and tidal flats back to shore.
Few people go over to Moose Island. Crossing over on foot is only possible on the spring tides, when the tides are higher (and lower) than normal. At Moose Island the tidal range (during one of these spring tides) is 14-15 m (50 feet). At high tide you could sail of container ship between the mainland and the island without hitting bottom.
Ours was an overnight trip and we carried camping gear and food with us. When the tide comes in, you’re committed to being there for at least one tide cycle (12 hours). We had about an hour while the tides were out and the sea bottom was exposed. Once on the island, we set up camp in a meadow next to a high bluff facing southeast. Later that night, we walked back to the low cliffs where first we climbed onto the island. In the moonlight, a kilometre (more than half a mile) of ocean separated us from the mainland. It was cold and forbidding and we realized we were stranded, isolated from roads and other people. We slept under the stars that night. It was early in the season and the temperature dipped below freezing. The cold woke us early and we watched the sun rise over the Minas Basin. Even though the tide was on its way out, there was still half a kilometre of ocean separating us from shore. While we waited, we searched the beaches looking for agate. Finally, at mid-morning, we noticed the water part and a path open up. Like Moses and his people we followed this path, across the ocean floor,
A for Adventure Children's Book (Paperback)Regular price $19.95
The A is for Adventure book is a rhyming A-Z children’s book for kids of all ages. The book goes through the alphabet, each letter a different activity or lesson, accompanied with incredible illustrations that will ignite the imagination.
The book is also meant to educate, and focuses on hard and soft skills for children to get into the healthy habit of adventure. It is our goal to inspire the next generation to get outside and play, creating a foundation for a happier, healthier life… and a better life for our planet too!
A is for Adventure is written by Jan Sebastian LaPierre, who drew inspiration from his own love for the outdoors, and his work as a recreation therapist at a children’s hospital in mental health and addictions (the IWK in Halifax). The illustration are all originals done by the incredible award-winning artist, Christopher Hoyt. Christopher uses pen, ink and water colour to bring each letter to life and captivate any reader, young or old.
The book is printed and bound in Canada, with our partners Taylor Printing Group in Frederiction, New Brunswick in a 100% renewable energy facility, using vegetable-based ink and printed on FSC certified paper. It is published by A for Adventure Inc.
Waterfalls of Nova ScotiaRegular price $27.95
Nova Scotia is blessed with numerous must-see waterfalls, and this volume from self-described “waterfall addict” Benoit Lalonde brings together 100 of the province’s best.
Conveniently categorized by the government of Nova Scotia scenic route system, this rich compendium includes famous waterfalls such as Garden of Eden Fall, Wentworth Falls, Cuties Hollow, Annandale Falls and Butcher Hill Falls, as well as lesser-known but easy to locate gems. In addition to providing useful information on the height, type, and hiking distance of each waterfall, their degree of difficulty to reach is also assessed for the convenience of both novice and advanced hikers alike.
Featuring gorgeous colour photographs and individual maps of each location, Waterfalls of Nova Scotia offers an invaluable reference as well as a tribute to the beauty of the falls and the natural splendour waiting to be discovered.
Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova ScotiaRegular price $24.95
Pack up and get ready to hike the beautiful trails of Nova Scotia. From Yarmouth to the Canso Causeway, this new updated edition of Hiking Trails of Mainland Nova Scotia, a companion to Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, provides illustrated descriptions of the most enjoyable and challenging hikes that mainland Nova Scotia has to offer. Michael Haynes hiked and mapped every trail in 2011 and describes the featured routes — from quiet afternoon excursions to serious multi-day expeditions.
Profiling 60 trails, including Cape Split, Brier Island, and portions of the newly created Cape to Cape Trail, the book includes detailed maps and descriptions as well as information on getting to the trailhead, GPS coordinates, time and length, and facilities. Photographs of interesting sites, charts, hiking tips, and sidebars on historical, cultural, and natural subjects round out the experience. Completely revised, this new edition offers at least one trail per county in mainland Nova Scotia and often many more. Whether you're a long-time resident or a visitor new to the province, this book is an essential companion. Haynes will also maintain a companion blog for the book at http://hikingnovascotia.blogspot.ca and a Facebook page for updates, corrections, and comments.
Rock Climbing Nova ScotiaRegular price $48.00
Rock Climbing Nova Scotia is the first printed guidebook for rope climbing in Nova Scotia in over 15 years. In that time the number of crags and routes have almost doubled to 701 routes at 50 crags. In researching for this guide, Alec Soucy and ToddFoster made extensive site visits, interviewed the key players in the development of climbing in Nova Scotia, collected rock samples and spoke with geology experts, and reference all previous documented guides from 1976 and on. The result is not only the most up-to-date climbing guide for the province but also the most comprehensive explanation of the geology
- Published by Alec Soucy & Todd Foster in 2019
Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, 2nd EditionRegular price $19.95
This revised edition has new and detailed information on 40 new hiking trails on Cape Breton Island, ranging from its very northern tip at Money Point all the way to the Ghost Beach Trail, which begins as soon as you cross the Canso Causeway. This hands-on account of the most enjoyable, challenging, family-oriented, and entertaining hiking trails in Cape Breton have been personally mapped, explored, and conquered by the author and provide accurate, helpful and poignant tips and pointers on how to enjoy each of these hikes — from a quick stroll after lunch to full and multi-day excursions.
This new and revised edition of Hiking Trails of Cape Breton takes us to new places and uncovers new trails, all designed to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date information about the delights (and possible hazards) of self-propelled excursions into the woods and mountains in and around the highlands and lowlands of Cape Breton.
As well as instructions for finding each trail and descriptions of the trails themselves, this revised edition of Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, includes maps and synoptic information on length, time, difficulty, other uses, facilities, and the correct topographical map to use. New to this edition are trailhead GPS listings for all hikes, and, for those who carry cellphones as safety devices, information about the often-uncertain reception in Cape Breton's mountains and woodlands. Also new to this edition are sidebars on plants, animals, historic sites, and other interesting features of the trails.
The Best of The Great Trail - Volume 1Regular price $29.95
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