My favourite time to go on waterfall hikes is now, in the late autumn, when we are stuck between the beauty of the leaves changing and before the snow starts to fall regularly. Waterfalls work as a great motivator to get outside and continue to enjoy nature, when it’s looking less than its best and hibernation is looking really tempting.
Deep in the heart of suburban Halifax, on one of the most popular trails in the area, I managed to get completely lost...Let me be a cautionary tale.
It used to be that to find the entrance to Long Lake Provincial Park off the Northwest Arm Drive someone had to show you where it was . . . There have been a few changes since then.
On one side of this trail runs a highway, so close you can see drivers slurping their morning coffee and rocking out to their car tunes. On the other side is the Canadian Forces Rifle Range with a steady stream of bullets firing from it. But, wait! Stay with me....
I’ve just spent two days travelling with my husband and children, sitting in a car for hours on end, which is a great motivator for me to go play in the woods. I need some time to recharge so I’ve decided to bike the 15-kilometre round trip trail system within the 700-acre Sackville Lakes Provincial Park (better known as First and Second Lake Trails).
I grew up in Spryfield and learned to ride my bike on the trail from Rockingstone Road, its namesake, to Kidston Lake, back before it was developed, but the park has been a popular destination for a lot longer than that.
I USED to be very outdoorsy. Then I had two kids within two years and a “hike” turned into a slow walk pushing a stroller and waiting for a toddler to pick up yet another rock. Sound familiar? My first venture out alone in the woods was to a family favourite, McDonald Sports Park in Waverley.