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Bye Bye Breton

• Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia •

Waking up to an air of silence, sprawled on a spacious king bed, in a cabin that might as well be in the woods, with no plans but to explore the rest of the Highlands… it felt too good to be true.

While I would have liked to relax all day in the cabin, we spent our last day quite productively, driving through the national park’s route in its entirety. In a clockwise direction, we began at the fishing village of Chéticamp, and ended up driving in the dark, back to our cabin in Boularderie.

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Beginnings in Cape Breton

• Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia •

A breathtaking sea of green and hairpin turns along a beautiful coast is what makes Cape Breton the ideal detour (or destination) for a road trip. Oh, and car advertisements.

Just a three-hour drive from Halifax, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park draws in thousands of people each year to hike the many trails along its routes. While driving, you’ll be surprised that the road conditions are far better than most cities, such as Toronto.

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Beyond the Fog

• Cape Split, Nova Scotia, Canada •

General overcast meant dense fog during the drive, the hike, and the views. On this somewhat lengthy hike, we were struck with a feeling of surrealism, like a place floating in the sky.

Located in Scots Bay, the Cape Split hike is a highly-suggested 3-6 hour straightforward hike through (an unremarkable amount of) forest. If you pull through and manage to overcome boredom and exhaustion – from hiking without scenery, because you won’t see anything till the end 😂 – you’ll reach a beautiful field of green on 200 foot cliffs and see the Bay of Fundy.

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Inside my Camera Bag

Never again would I relive the days where I used satchels and regular backpacks for travelling and photography. Especially considering hiking is the focal point of most of my travels.

I want to be comfortable wearing my camera bag and knowing that it can protect whatever is in it. Because whatever is in it is pretty darn imperative to my adventures. Which brings me to answer the question: what’s in your camera bag?

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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.

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Eastward, Again

• Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada •

A single dose of the east coast blues was warrant enough to return. Little did I know what was in store when Patrick and I visited Nova Scotia, just one day after returning from Newfoundland.

After a 12 hour shift (yes, I worked right away the next day after returning) and another two hour flight (I know, I could have just flown from Newfoundland), my boyfriend (Patrick) and I landed in Halifax, a destination he had visited via bus tour in his childhood. But oh, the places we’ll go; I’d show him a different side of Nova Scotia, with a more realistic itinerary, even though I’d never been.

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Mainlander Blues

• Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada •

Lush green peaks, mysterious waters, the feeling of being so close to the sky… Not to mention the colourful row houses, boreal forests, local vegetation and produce, and a different dialect.

Newfoundland felt like I was in an entirely different country. Undergone the rain and enjoyed the sun, as we neared the end of our trip and having written Away from the Mainland and Coastal Views and Good Food, I realized there is so much from the island to be taken in.

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