Fall Hiking in Blomidon Provincial Park
Blomidon Provincial Park in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is known for its beach and campground. But there are also several great hikes around the park, that are accessible even when the park itself closes for the season. One of the lovely parts of hiking in the fall is that the leaves have started to change and fall. You can really start to see more of the views of the cliffs from the trail.
Parking & Trails
We recently went up to Blomidon Provincial Park, intending to do one of the hikes that leaves from the park office. But the campground was closed for the season. So instead, we parked near the beach access, and got on the trail that way. There are other trail options though – there are maps placed around the site and available online. Some go closer to the cliffs with views of the water, and others that take you further into the woods.
The Joudrey Trail leaves both from the field near the upper parking lot (past the park gates) and from the picnic area near the beach.
Location & Surrounding Area
Blomidon Provincial Park is only a twenty minute drive from Wolfville, and even closer to the towns of Port Williams and Canning. If – like me – you’re not into camping, there are plenty of nice places to stay and eat in Wolfville. The recently opened Dickie-Baxter Taproom and Bistro in Canning is a nice place to go for cider after a hike.
This trail winds up a little ways so you can get really good views of the cliff faces and the Bay of Fundy, before heading up a relatively steep slope, and coming out at the campground.
There is a stopping place not too far along the trail. If you’ve brought a picnic or a thermos of hot chocolate it’s a nice rest stop before heading up the steeper parts of the path.
There are bathrooms and more seating by the parking area at the beach access. When you’ve finished the hike (The Joudrey is an out-and-back trail), be sure to head down and check out the rocky beach and the little waterfall. It was a bit cool for swimming in October, but in the summer go ahead and dip your toes in the Atlantic!
Staying longer in Nova Scotia? Check out these other easy day trips from Halifax, Nova Scotia