Lots of ovens but no bread.
This tip refers to a place that is technically in the area of Riverport but there does not seem to be a place on the VT database for that and so I have included it in this section of my Lunenburg page. As there is no address field in "off the beaten path", the full postal address is 326 Ovens Road, PO Box 38, Riverport, Nova Scotia, BOJ 2WO. In fairness, it is only about a 15 - 20 minute drive from Lunenburg itself and you will need to drive as I do not believe there is public transport out to there.
I am referring to the Ovens Natural Park, a place with an unusual name, an even more unusual story and some wonderful scenery. Let me tell you about the strange story first. On 13th June, 1861 gold was discovered here leading to a typical 19th century goldrush. In the next six months the site yielded $120,000 in gold, a phenomenal sum in those days and a complete community of about 1,000 people sprung up with facilities that even included a bank! The gold ran out and within six years the place was abandoned with nothing left of the buildings now. Should the visitor wish to try their hand, it is possible to rent gold pans and have a go yourself.
Whilst you might not make your fortune gold-panning, there are other things to do here now like kayaking along the stunning coastline and it is this scenery that really attracts most visitors. There are 190 acres to explore here and it looks absolutely gorgeous. You can go down to the caves (the Ovens) and even go inside some of them but, unfortunately the day we visited my back was playing up (I have had spinal problems for years) and was not up to scrambling over rocks etc. I had to content myself with a slow hobble down to the cliff edge to take a few photos before having to cry off injured. This was a shame as I had really been looking forward to it. I hope the images will give some indication of what the visitor may expect.
Admission to the park is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children (5 - 15 years) and under five years old free. The attached website gives full details of tent, RV and cabin rates. There is a restaurant, shop and small museum onsite.
I really do hope I can return some day and go for a propr climb about.
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Drive Over To Annapolis Royal: WIP 7/20/13
One of the prettiest towns in Nova Scotia is less than a two hour drive away in Annapolis Royal. It is one of my favorite places in Nova Scotia. The drive over coming from Lunenberg and going south is a scenic one and just skirts one of Nova Scotia's national parks. Like Lunenberg, it is compact and easy to walk around in. There are some great Victorian homes, a fort, a nice riverfront, and the world's largest tidal generating station.
Keimkujik National Park
Just an hour or half from Lunenberg lies a really pretty national park that few non Nova Scotians take the time to visit. Keimkujik National Park is located in the southern interior of Nova Scotia. The park contains some lush forests, great hiking trails, creeks and rivers for canoeing and wildlife to view. There is a recently reconstructed visitor center as well.
When we were there was during a period of off and on again rain which limited our ability to fully access all of the facilities of the park. Trail lengths run from 0.2 km for the Mersey Meadow trail around the river wetland area to 8.7 km for the Port Joli to the sea trail.
At the time we went to the park due to the rain they did not charge us an admission fee. Checking in July, 2013 at the national park web site a specific day fee is not identified.
From Lunenberg drive out to Highway 103. Drive south on Highway 103 and take Exit 13 (Bridgewater). The park is 66 km further; signs will indicate direction and distance to Kejimkujik. Turn right onto Highway 325 and turn left when the road joins Highway 208. Continue on the 208 until the road joins Route 8. Turn right onto Route 8, proceeding through Caledonia. Kejimkujik is 18 km from Caledonia.
must see's for this area
When in or near Lunenburg do be sure to get a few miles out of town to a place called Blue Rocks. It's a very picturesque and beautiful area, photographers dream come true.
One can easily see many artists and their eisles purched high above the rocks on a consistent basis. Also take route #332 through places of scenic beauty from Lunenburg such as Bayport, Rose Bay, The Ovens Natural Park, Hirtles Beach, Riverport and cross the short ferry ( LaHave River Cable Ferry) at East LaHave and route #331.
Beaches and coastal beauty alonf this route. Crescent Beach Risser's Beach and Green Bay and a bit further is Broad Cove Beach, Cherry Hill Beach and Voglers Cove.
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Add Mahone Bay to your itinerary
On your way in or out of Lunenburg, I highly recommend making a short detour through the lovely town of Mahone Bay. We hadn't heard about this place so we only drove through it but had we known beforehand, we probably would have taken the time to visit a bit for it is such a charming town! It is smaller than Lunenburg, but has the same type of architecture and landscape. I'll make sure to go if I make it back to Nova Scotia!
Mahone Bay and Peggy's Cove
It will be best to combine your trip to Lunenburg with a visit to the lovely towns of Mahone Bay and Peggy's cove. More information on these two places are at my VT pages on Mahone Bay and Peggy's Cove.
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