Cape Split, Nova Scotia – High cliffs above gargling tide

It rains until lunch. As it eventually clears off, we drive the few kilometres to Scotts Bay and hike from the parking lot there out to Cape Split. The hiking trail is 16 km long (return) and leads mainly through a moderately thrilling sunny forest over roots, fallen trees and small creeks. It’s warm, we start to sweat, but not for long. Arriving at the cape where there are no protecting trees the icy wind blows. We have a terrific view from the 231 m high cliffs over the enormous body of water that stream in and out twice a day from the open sea into the Bay of Fundy. The cape extends well into the Mineas Channel, the east arm of the Bay of Fundy. The tidal range is up to 16 m here and the waves brake at the rocks, it bubbles and gargles because the in- and outgoing tide meet. What an imposing natural spectacle.

Purchasing a navigation system with maps for North America was worth it since Lissy, as we call the device, knows really every dirt road in Canada. Lissy is just still a bit week in English, her electronic voice only mutters something. Sometimes we can identify a word just when we see it written; she just pronounces the English words in a German way. Pretty amusing, we probably have to train her a bit more.

In the evening we finally find the Blomidon Estate Winery, but unfortunately it is closed for today. We decide to stay here overnight.

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