Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

26 04 2010

We have been in Nova Scotia now for 2 1/2 years and have somehow missed out on a visit to the Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, until this past week-end. The park is closed until the May holiday, so we had the place totally to ourselves and nature.  We started out by walking the 3km entrance road that takes you to the main office building  and the start of the trails.

This is a wonderful place for campers and each camping spot is individual, with its picnic table and fire pit.

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Thomas Raddall Provincial Park is a wilderness park and is a sanctuary and breeding ground for animals including bear and moose. The trails pass through different habitats: from pine forest, to hardwood,  from sandy beach to pebble shore,  bogs, lakes and old farm fields.

From this beach below you look across to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct, which I wrote about last July and November. You can see those articles by clicking on the  tag, ‘Kejimkujik’ in the right hnd column.

We came across an old farm house in the forest. I have  found out that it was built by John Edgar MacDonald  in 1918.  He and his wife Grace raised 12 children here! Like farmers on the West Coast of Scotland, the MacDonalds would have a subsistance farm, raising sheep on the sparse pasture among the rocks, hunting moose , trapping mink  and digging clams. But mostly, John MacDonald and his sons  would fish from small inshore boats, like their grandfathers before them.

Just beyond the house is the Clan Donald Cemetery, with the graves of the families who lived here.

The oldest marked grave we found was this one of Olivia McDonald, who died in 1867. Some graves have McDonald and some MacDonald.

We found the foundations of an old log cabin, probably one of the  original homesteads, down on the beach.

This would have been their view from the front door.

The park has its rules about pets.

But we wondered if someone’s dog had been unlucky. Or is this the skeleton of a deer or porcupine?

There are certainly plenty of porcupine in the area and this one seemed to enjoy having its photo taken.

Whereas this one scurried up a tree.

This little Palm Warbler came down to see us as we had our picnic. This is another first time sighting for us.

And this White-throated Sparrow.

The first of the Spring flowers, brighten up this rock.


I think this iridescent green beetle is fantastic.

To find directions to the park, and trail maps, visit

http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/thraddall.asp

We enjoyed walking the trails, but equally it would be great to cycle around. This will be another of our favourite hiking places.

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6 responses

27 04 2010
sartenada

Thank You guiding me thru Thomas Raddall Provincial Park. I liked the variety of flowers, animals, scenery. It seems to be a very nice hiking place.

Me and my wife, we like to hike as also to stroll in the woods. Sounds of nature are so diverse and especially now in the spring it is a great joy to listen to birds’ chirp.

I especially enjoyd the photo from porcupine. I have never seen one and this one in my eyes was like somekind of “bugbear”.

28 04 2010
jackiequeen

We too were amazed by the porcupine. It is such a lumbering animal on the ground, but can climb like a monkey.

18 06 2010
Cathy MacDonald

The picture of the old log cabin is the fishhouse that they used to store their boats.
Cathy

18 06 2010
jackiequeen

Many thanks for that information. It’s good to know what it is you’re looking at. Thanks for reading my Blog.

26 02 2012
Scott McIntosh U.E.

My ggggggggg Grand Dad Finlay McIntosh was the first Settler at Lot 16 & 17 Scotch Point Port Joli, N.S. he is burried there on his lands there with his wife Christinia (Brown ) McIntosh He searved with the 76th Regement1777 at Yorktown Va 1781under Cornwallis POW’s2 years in VA. and disembarked New York City to Shelburne with the Port Rozeway Associates ariving Nov.3, 1783with 15,000 loyalistsHe recieved the Crown Land Grant at Port Joli, NS and later his Brothers Alexander and John and their familys moved to Onterio Upper Canada . Scott McIntosh U.E.

27 02 2012
jackiequeen

Thanks for visiting my Blog. McIntosh is certainly another Scottish name. What does the U.E. mean?

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