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.