Path to the Sky at The Octopus Gallery
I recently got married and my husband and I took our honeymoon in Nova Scotia. We had been there about four years ago and really were excited about going back. On place that we definitely needed to revisit was the Kejimkujik National Park of Canada Seaside Adjunct. It’s a beautiful, but little known park in Nova Scotia.
The coastal elements of the natural region are represented by the 22 square kilometre Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct, added to the park in 1988. Located about 25 kilometres southwest of Liverpool and 100 kilometres from the inland portion of the park, it is one of the least disturbed shoreline areas on the south coast of Nova Scotia. The Port Mouton peninsula features extensive brackish ponds and broad tidal flats, two spectacular white sandy beaches, salt lagoons, secluded coves and a nutrient productive salt marsh. Dense scrub alder and sheep laurel dominate the coastal tundra-like vegetation. The inland terrain is rugged – a wilderness of century-old spruce and fir, granite boulders and exposed bedrock carved by glaciation. On the barren uplands, boardwalks have been built over the marshy areas. The endangered piping plover, which nests on the beaches between late April and early August, is one of the many protected species that make up the wealth of birdlife. Waterfowl can be sighted in the lagoons, seaducks just offshore, and shorebirds on the tidal flats.
This picture is one of the boardwalks through the barrens on the trail that leads around the peninsula shore. Lots of gorgeous purple pitcher plants along the way and there are supposed to be tones of orchids that bloom in the summer.