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The Musquodoboit Trailway, Nova Scotia, Canada (1 Viewer)


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Local Patch - Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada

On Saturday 19 August 2006, we cycled the 15 km Musquodoboit Trailway from the village of Musquodoboit Harbour to Gibraltar Rock and back. This cycling/hiking route lies in the Halifax Regional Municipality, 40 NE of Halifax Harbour.

A full account of our adventure, including photos, maps, bird list, and links, can be found here:


We felt blessed, an emotion whose genesis I trace to diverse nature, pleasing landscapes, and a dearth of people. I’ve had a number of visits to England and Europe under my belt, and as we cycled the Musquodoboit Trailway I tried to imagine how many people might use a similar cycle route "across the pond". I tried to picture “hordes”, but couldn’t quite grasp the concept. Many more, certainly. On our six-hour outing, in perfect weather on a summer Saturday, we encountered precisely four cyclists, three hikers, and four dog-walkers accompanied by eight dogs. For nearly all our time afield we were alone.

But on to our own mental stimulation. There were numerous small flocks of post-breeding pre-migrating passerines, almost invariably centered on garrulous groups of Black-capped Chickadees, and occasionally Golden-crowned Kinglets. We were also waylaid by diverse and numerous berry bushes.

It was a wonderful visit to a remarkable environment. We shall return.

Good birding, and safe travels,

Blake Maybank
Nova Scotia, Canada
[email protected]

author, "Birding Sites of Nova Scotia"

Organiser - Maritimes Nature Travel Club

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