6 Great Ways to View The Fall Colors

I love fall-everything is  brighter and crisper. No humidity. No mosquitoes. It makes me feel like actually DOING something. Not work. No. I mean fun things.

And there are a lot of choices. Hikes. Kayaking. Just a drive with a stop for a quick fall picnic.

This year, the leaves are  a little late turning. But give it another week or so and everything will be gor-ge-ous.

So, here we go

Drive this Fall

If you are out for a Sunday drive, a beautiful spot -even without the reds and yellows of fall is the drive along White Rock Road in Kings County.

Grape vines line the southerly slopes of the hill and the Gaspereau River snakes though the valley at the bottom. There aren’t really good pull of spots along there so take care when getting out to get  a photo.  If you’re heading to Benjamin Bridge Winery,the driveway to winery is a great place to snap a picture .

How to get there.

At Exit 10 on Highway 101, and continue into the town of Wolfville. +Turn up Gaspereau Avenue ( across from Tim Horton’s ) and continue along that (about 3.5 km) until you see Gaspereau Vineyards on your right, Turn right there-you are on White Rock Road. Drive along about 8km, until  just before the crossroads, you will see Ridge Rd on your right.Travel back east along that for more fall beauty and a stunning view of Port Williams , Greenwich and  the Minas Basin.

Fall snapshops of vineyards on White Rock Rd.
Fall snapshots of vineyards on White Rock Rd.Just a teeny bit of color so far…. Susan Carey Photo

Church Street, Port Williams to the Look Off
Apple Orchards, Wineries, Cheese, farm and dyke land, topped off by this view below. Stop at Fox Hill Cheese for some gelato.

How to Get There:

Take Exit 11 and go down to the set of lights  and go straight through them-after they turn green of course,that is Hwy 358. Once into the village of  Port Williams, turn right on Church Street and just follow that around the loopuntil it connects back to Hwy 358, then head north to the Look Off

Fall Colors at the Look Off
Fall Colors at the Look Off

 

Hike this Fall

Castle Fredrick Farms
If you haven’t hiked Castle Fredrick Farms, it’s time to put it on your fall to do list. You’ll enjoy great scenery whilst you tromp along past the site of where an  Acadian chapel once stood,a baptismal Holy Well , and other sites of archaeological importance.

It’s also a working farm with cattle and sheep as well as managed woodland.

How to get there:

Take Exit 7 (Falmouth) from Highway 101. Turn left on Dyke Rd and continue about  8 km – until the road turns into Castle Fredrick Rd.  Look for 620 Castle Fredrick Road.

To help with upkeep, a donation box is located at the trail head

Fall Guided Hike @ Castle Fredrick Farms
Fall Guided Hike @ Castle Fredrick Farms Susan Carey Photo- contact The Yoga Hen Adventures on Facebook for more info on this guided hike.

Bohaker Trail, Delaps Cove Wilderness Trail
 I love this hike any time of year but a fall stroll here  is my absolute favorite.(you could incorporate a autumn drive along the north mountain going to or from the trail. It’s a short -just 2.3 km – hike where you can view the Bay of Fundy on one side and the falls on the other at one point. You can read more about this hike when I did it in summer.

How to Get There

Take Exit 20 from Hwy 101. Continue on Hwy 1 West. Before you hit Annapolis Royal you’l see Shore Rd on your right take that,and follow the signs to Delaps Cove Rd and the trail head.

Bohaker Trail in the fall
Bohaker Trail in the fall-photo credit.
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Kayak this Fall

Annapolis River. Warning. The easiest way to paddle this route is to 1) have two vehicles-one at the beginning and one at the end. Or paddle both ways-lots of work and it doesn’t feel as fun on the way back.

Or do as we did. We off-loaded the kayaks and the husband at the boat launch in Lawerencetown then I took the truck and left it at the park/boat ramp in Bridgetown at Jubilee Park, walked up to the street and hopped on a east running Kings Transit bus.

Ok. So this river is tidal once you reach Paradise-which means it will be a whole helluva lot harder paddling down river when the tide is coming in. But certainly doable. And I strong suggest getting out at Bridgetown so as not to run into the  two Nova Scotia Power control gates control the flow of water between the Annapolis  French Basins where the water flows are strong, turbulent, and pose a serious hazard to small craft. The wider parts of the river itself may be prone to windy conditions.

Canada Geese resting on a rock in the Annapolis River
Canada Geese resting on a rock in the Annapolis River-Susan Carey Photo

This  particular paddle will take you  5 to 8 hours (almost 16 km) one way,so pack  lots of water and some food.We pulled up on shore at one point to stretch our legs and  have  a sandwich.

How to get there:

We put in at Lawrencetown -take Exit. 19 from Hwy 101, turn left towards Lawrencetown, turn left again at Lawrencetown Lane and put in at left of the  bridge

Bike This Fall

On Oct 14th 2017, the section of the Harvest Moon Trailways in Grand Pre opens. I’m excited about it,and what better way to see farm and forest dressed in it’s autumn splendor than by cycling?

In completion, the trail stretches for a glorious 177 kms from Grand Pre to Bridgetown with numerous ways to get on.

 Harvest Moon Trailway going past the Grand Pre National Historic Site
Harvest Moon Trailway going past the Grand Pre National Historic Site-Susan Carey Photo

Oh there are so many more trails, waterways roads and so on.But I did say 6 for this post and so 6 it is.

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vivez votre meilleure vie !

 

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