A Visit to Thomas Randall Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

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Last summer I spent a few weeks in Nova Scotia. I stayed in B&B’s for the most part but pulled out my compact, one man Eureka tent when the B&B option wasn’t available.

One such time was on the south shore of Nova Scotia. I had just finished biking in the Annapolis Royal area and planned to do a seaside hike in Kejimkujik National Park. Thomas Randall Provincial Park is well positioned to access Kejimkujik as it’s only about a 15 minute drive away.

I pulled up to Thomas Randall Park at about 8 pm on a June night. If there was anyone else in the park, I didn’t see them. Off I went to set up my tent – and then with time on my hands figured it would be worth exploring the nearby trails. Never did I guess that the park would be so beautiful!

"I have the beach - actually the whole park to myself on a June night"

I have the beach – actually the whole park to myself on a June night

"Boulders at low tide at sunset"

Boulders at low tide at sunset

"Kelp and colourful rocks at the water's edge"

Kelp and colourful rocks at the water’s edge

"I loved the light on the trees at the sun set"

I loved the light on the trees at sunset

"sun setting in Thomas Randall Provincial Park, Nova Scotia"

The texture of the sand is beautiful as the sun sets

"Sunset over Seaside Kejimkujik National Park"

Sunset over Seaside Kejimkujik National Park

"I headed for my tent the minute the sun went down"

I headed for my tent the minute the sun went down

Thomas Randall Provincial Park, overlooking Port Joli Harbour is a destination in its own right. It offers 82 campsites, three white sand beaches, picnic areas and hiking and biking trails. Nearby are four migratory seabird sanctuaries. This part of Nova Scotia – but¬†especially Seaside Kejimkujik National Park, feels wild and desolate even though it’s only a few hour’s drive from Halifax. Check it out next time you’re in Nova Scotia.

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Leigh McAdam

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