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Local, the kids love it. Peaceful Beautiful Lake !

Simply Beautiful.

on Shubie Park Trail

2 months ago

I walk this trail every weekday morning with a group of men and it is perfect for our group. The trails are kept in excellent shape and better yet the park keepers are a very friendly lot. We walk for an hour or so, then it is off to Tim's for social time. This fall there was a concerted effort to make the trails free of obstacles. So it should be quite ideal for skiing if we get snow that stays.

great views. plenty of long climbs but space between them to gather your steam back.
Can be done in 3 days, 4 at a more moderate pace.

This trail was challenging and exhilarating all at the same time. The first day we hiked 12 ish from visitors center to Refugee. There were 3 climbs and descents that were said to be 45 degrees steep and one km in length each way. It was a long, slow zigzag descent and an even slower ascent on the other side. With each down we knew there was an up coming. Honestly, I'd rather go up than down.
Day 2 -we hiked 8ish km from Refugee to Big Bald Brooke. It was a spectacular day and absolutely beautiful scenery. There were some ups and downs, but not like day 1. The camp sites at big bald were lovely and we cooled off and cleaned up in the brooke right beside our camp site.
Day 3- we planned on hiking to Seal Cove (7 km) but things changed and we decided to boogy out to Eatonville where were parked a car. Day 3 was rainy and foggy in the morning. However, even with the fog it was obvious that the views would be sellar on a clear day.
TIPs: not for the faint of mind or heart.
TIP 2: take electrolyte drink or tabs to replenish what was lost in sweat
TIP 3: purify all water!!!
TIP 4: Be sure to hang food in a tree. 10' high, 5' out from the tree to avoid bears thinking you are the restaurant.

Above all... SMILE and enjoy

7 months ago

One of the best backpacking trips we've done!

We went to McNabs for an overnight camping trip and it was great! The water taxi picked us up in Eastern Passage and brought us to a beach on the island. We hiked the whole island and got to see many cool things (fort, battery, cannons). Highly recommend this trip :)

7 months ago

Great place for a walk. Easy trails. Lots of squirrels and birds. Lots of places to stop. Great place to go during any season.

Two and a half days of travel. This was a great excursion for my buddies and I. Challenging but amazing look offs.



Beautiful Trail! The looped trail offers amazing backcountry camping without having to retrace your steps. New and amazing views every day. Did the full loop hike in 3 days and 2 nights. But for a relaxing pace and to have more 'down time' at your camping spots, I suggest 4 days and 3 nights. The best spots to stop for the night are Refugee Cove and Seal Cove. I have hiked the full trail in both July and August, both times water supplies were plentiful.

Great trail. Had lunch in the woods at one of many little picnic areas. Peaceful. Open off season. Allows to see sites for camping. Nice Lake setting. Paved also, with some nature parts.

10 months ago

Quiet and secluded. Nice variety of terrain and scenery; brush, cedar, birch, lakes, small bridges, and an island. A few of the bridges were a little sketchy but t adds to the fun.

Nice Easy walk. Not busy .. lake is beautiful, really enjoyed the quiet.

Nice little walk. Takes about 30 mins if you go on all the paths. There's some pretty birds. The Lake is nice.

11 months ago

Hiked this trail back in 2013 as soon as it was open with my husband. It was quite challenging with gear and took us 5 nights and 6 days.
We enjoyed the trip a lot. Plenty of chances to see the ocean and take pictures.

Great walk, if you're looking for something short. Lots of people take their dog there and unfortunately don't pick up after them so you need to watch where you step.

hiked for 3 beautiful days at the end of September. Perfect time of year for this trail. keep your energy levels up:-)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

This trail is around the provincial campground in Laurie Park. The campground is closed in off season and consist of a paved lane, that is not plowed.

Did this last summer with my daughter - did it in a. It over three hours on a very hot day! But the views were exceptional!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Awesome day trip!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Beautiful trail with lots of water and lakeside scenery.

on Shubie Park Trail

Sunday, December 04, 2016

People if your DOG is humping everthing in sight or NOT FRIENDLY....it should be on a @$/##! LEASH or are you too dense to understand that...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Just finished a five night, six day backpacking trip on this trail. It can be done in as little as three days. I took my time to see this beautiful coastal trail and met some amazing hikers along the trip. This is by far one of the best backpacking trails in Atlantic Canada. The trail is well marked and has plenty of streams and brooks so you never have to worry about drinking water. Water treatment is required ie: Tablets, water filtration pump. The tent sites are very well placed from the main trail and all have access to running streams to outdoor toilets. The trail can be challenging at times, but never extreme. The trails goes from Beautiful moss covered forests floors to amazing coastal views. This is a must see for anyone looking for minimally untouched wilderness. Simply amazing!

Monday, August 29, 2016

We had a great time just my husband and I. We did the trail in 3 days, two nights. It was quite the workout. Lots of ups and downs. The first day we hiked 20.8 Km. It was the hardest day. Climbing with a full heavy backpack and water. We stayed at little bald rock. Couldn't make it to big bald rock, it was getting late and wanted to setup camp before dark. The second day we hiked 16.09 Km . It was challenging at times, but we were able to have a few longer stops which one included a swim in the cold bay. It was great! We stayed at Seal Cove. Beautiful beach site where guided kayak tours stays overnight. Our third day hike was 22.2 Km.
The hardest day was day one. We say lots of wildlife and slept under the sounds of waves and squirrels chirping.
Our GPS and cell phone died throughout the trail, and off/on cloudy days prevented our solar charger to help us keep a full tracking of our journey.
We plan to do it again soon, but in 4 days,3 nights, so we can enjoy our evenings. This trip was done more as a workout trip, and by 8pm we were dead tired in bed for the night.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A short hike along Grand Lake gives interesting vistas of the rocky shoreline. It's a good way to get initial bearings of Laurie Provincial Park.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Great area.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

best dog park in town & my rating is based on that.

love the lakes and the trails here. I usually come here every nice day and just float around. it's so peaceful. I haven't camped here, as I live in the area, but I feel it would be nice and quiet. And like I said, the lake is amazing. not a lot of bugs, and a really cool area to jump off of the rocks.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Excellent gentle ramble for all ages . Reasonably picturesque and perfect for loads of off leash dog walking. Brilliantly maintained trails here .

Monday, February 01, 2016

Beautiful !

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