Quick, fam­ily-friendly hike in his­tor­i­cal Dun­laps Cove


Tucked away on the North Moun­tain, above Port Royal and on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, is an area called Delaps Cove. The An­napo­lis com­mu­nity is home to a few fam­ily-friendly hik­ing trails that aare worth ex­plor­ing.

There are two short loop trails Bo­haker and Char­lies, con­nected by a three-kilo­me­tre old gov­ern­ment road, mak­ing the over­all trip a lit­tle over 9 kms once you re­turn to your car. Or, if you would pre­fer, you can hike each of the trails separately.

Travel blog­ger Su­san Carey, op­er­a­tor of the Hello Week­end web­site, writes that she hadn’t hiked the Bo­haker trail in years un­til a month ago.

“I re­mem­bered it was a fairly short hike and that there was a point along the trail where one could see the Bay of Fundy and a water­fall at the same time,” said Carey.

The trail was in­deed short at just over two km, and that in­cluded a care­ful de­cent to the bot­tom of the falls.

The Char­lies trail, says Carey, was once a thriv­ing, freed black com­mu­nity that set­tled along this sec­tion of coast­line around the time of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion.

Hik­ing the en­tire trail sys­tem, in­clud­ing the Shore Road con­nec­tor, should take two to three hours, while the Bo­haker Trail by it­self can be a 30-minute hike, says Carey.

Char­lies Trail is 1.9 km. Ac­cord­ing to the Nova Scotia Tourism site, this trail is still un­der de­vel­op­ment. Here, you can see a num­ber of items from the past, in­clud­ing wood from docks and stone foun­da­tions. The ter­rain is a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing if you do the loop counter clock­wise.

When you go, be sure to keep your eyes peeled, Carey says, as you may be just lucky enough to spot a seal or even a por­poise in the Bay.

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