A View from Military Bunkers

• Duncan’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada •

With sturdy shoes and a couple of hours in your day to spare, immerse yourself in the remnants of Nova Scotia’s history as you walk through the gorgeous oceanside trail of Duncan’s Cove.

A little ways from downtown Halifax, you start off by parking in one of very few (like four) spots available near the trail. A short, uphill walk on a gravel road to an unknown house (signs are posted by the owner, probably due to a lot of hikers accidentally trespassing) leads you to the trailhead.

If it was a hot day we’d have probably turned back because there is no shade at all on this hike. Only low-lying bushes and trees, along unmarked paths (the trail is not managed, and there are no signs), but marked by the steps of those who’ve hiked the trail.

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After walking along flat land and bushes, we reached what I first thought was an abandoned house, which was creepy at first, but it brought us to a point on the trail that divided into three paths. We took the left-hand-most path because it veered away from the “house”.

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If you had the eyes of a hawk, you would notice another similar concrete structure planted on the top of a cliff not too far away (maybe a 45 minute walk though). Patrick and I learned these were bunkers from World War II, now laden with graffiti, but still standing.

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Along the trail you have the option to follow along a safer route, away from cliff edges, and a riskier route. Of course we took the riskier route, along steep steps, rocks, and questionable paths.

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We kept walking until we reached the midpoint between the two bunkers. There was a group of people, some with their pets, who also walked the trail up to where we were. It’s not a challenging hike, but you kind of have to guess where the trail paths are.

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While Patrick sat up on the rocks, facetiming family and taking not-so-straight photos of me, I walked down to the rocks. Didn’t see any seabirds, nor aquatic mammals.

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Returning to the car, we took a different route near the water. Kind of too close, and the path was narrower, but beautiful nonetheless. And I thought, my simple planning has finally come into fruition… seeing as previous trips didn’t feel as “successful” as our time in Nova Scotia.

11 thoughts on “A View from Military Bunkers

    1. I would say between June and November. I went in September, mostly to get away from the tourist crowds that summer break brings, and the weather was wonderful. We did however have a mix of sun, cloud, and rain, sometimes all in the same day, as expected of this part of Canada. Are you thinking of visiting Nova Scotia? 😀

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