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Wanderlust Journal 16 – Martinique Beach 2.0 

It is the most amazing beach I’ve ever been to!

Beach Birds. Ok, this isn’t their scientific name, clearly, but let’s roll with it! These cute little birds run along the shore and in & out of the water; there’s groups of them along the whole beach.

This is Toby! I heard grunting, so I turned around and this dog was looking at me with his ball ready. So, we quickly became friends and played catch.

The beach is 5 KLM long. So, at the start we chose the sand dune as our distance goal.

The sand is so soft and the dunes are hard to climb! But we did it. Not a summer day, but a September day, so I wore pants…and took an abundance of sand home in my pants!

Pano dune views. It’s November as I look at these pictures and write this. It’s currently a little chilly; winter coat season, but if I close my eyes, I can imagine the warmth of the beach.

Underwater treasures as we attempted to go to a rock formation in the water. The current was strong, and the rocks were too slippery to make it.

Majestic garçon.

Sunglasses, like red lipstick, change everything.

Pano and shadows.

One last look before we venture home.

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Wanderlust Journal 13 – Lake Micmac 

My longtime friend from school invited me to go boating. It was so much fun! 


There is a bridge that separates Lake Banook from Lake Micmac. Under the bridge is a gang of pigeons. So, should you ever go there, cover your head! 

We decided we were going to explore one of the islands on the Lake. 

The Island was mostly a small forest in the middle of the lake. It was pretty easy to walk around, with nice views. 



One last shot before leaving the island on the lake in the middle of the city. 

Wanderlust Journal 12 – Crystal Crescent Beach 

Crystal blue water, and three small beaches. The first two clothed, the last one nude. I didn’t make it to the third beach! But I did enjoy the first one. 

The sand is so soft. It feels amazing on the feet! The sand dunes are quite nice as well. This beach looks almost tropical in ways. 

There’s paths to each beach and you can go wander off into the woods onto other paths.  

I have yet to swim in this beach, I hear it is one of the coldest. It was a great little visit, and totally worth checking out the clear waters and soft sand. 

Wanderlust Journal 10 – Laurie Park 

I came here just before the park opened for the season. If you’re coming during the off season, you have to park your car in the front parking lot, or if during high season you can bring your car in to one of the spots with a picnic table for day use. 

There are a variety of spots, my personal favorite are the ones by the lake. There are some that have picnic tables almost in the water! 

There’s also a variety of paths you can walk. It’s good for moderate walkers as there’s some hills. 

As mentioned, I came during off season so there weren’t a lot of people. It was quite peaceful. 

Laurie Provincial Park is great for bird watchers, which I’ve recently become more interested in during my hikes.

As I was walking towards the lake there were several chirping birds along the way, that made this a memorable day! 

Wanderlust Journal 9 – Peggy’s Cove

The mission: Eat at Sou’Wester Restaurant and explore Peggy’s Cove. Mission accomplished: Amazing day! 

We were craving fish & chips, and I must say, these were one of the best I’ve had at the Sou’Wester Restaurant. Highly recommend, with the best views while you eat. 

Stop for a photo just outside the restaurant of the old British style phone booth! It looks like it must have been hit by many Peggy’s Cove storms, the door isn’t on it anymore!

The iconic lighthouse stands upon giant rocks…and more giant rocks! 

I’ve always wondered what it looked like inside the lighthouse! So I took a peek inside. You can also google “Inside Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse” and you’ll find a video by Macleans Magazine of a quick tour of the lighthouse. Here’s the link: 

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.macleans.ca/beingcanadian/what-it-feels-like-to-go-inside-peggys-cove-lighthouse/amp/

And here’s my peek inside!

It’s so much fun to jump from rock to rock. You can get a really great workout, or even pick a spot to relax in the sun and take in the ocean views. This place is huge, although always lots of people you can find a spot. 

I like walking around the fishing village. There’s so many shops, a cute café, as well as an ice cream shop. I especially like the docks, the water is so clear you can see everything perfectly. 

Peggy’s Cove is a highlight of Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you come to visit, you really should take a few hours to come check this place out, and the drive here is quite scenic, so well worth the trip! 

Wanderlust Journal 5 – The Valley


The first stop was the view of the Grand-Pré landscape. You get to this spot by driving Old Post Road and there’s a look off that you can park your vehicle and take in the spectacular view. The church in the picture is the Grand-Pré national historic site. (We’ll give photo credit to my mom on the perfectly placed tree pic below.)

We spotted rows of Apple Blossom trees from the road in Wolfville. So we stopped to check them out. 


We then stopped in at Hennigar’s Farm Market. It’s not your typical farmers market as we were surprised to find a small nature park in the back with goats, bunnies, a crowing rooster, a trail and about 100 Koi fish in the pond. 

The walk around the Town of Wolfville was pretty cool. It’s a quaint little town buzzing with students and cute little shops. I could smell Tans coffee from quite a distance! Check out the Acadia Theatre, the train tracks by the water, and of course the harbour front, which is the Minas Basin that connects to the Bay of Fundy. 

The Grand Pre National Historic Site was beautiful. The few people that were there were leaving as we arrived. There’s a path that takes you around the building. There’s so much to see but here’s my favourites, a small taste of what you will find. 

The historic site is on a long stretch of road. We decided to take a random left turn to see what would happen. We found a sign that said “Evangeline Beach.” So we followed the signs that lead us to this…

Another random turn led us to these these beautiful cows before heading to the Just Us coffee shop on the main road before heading on the highway back home. 


The valley in Nova Scotia is truly worth a visit. I know there’s still more for me to explore so I’ll be back again!