• 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.