We don’t want summer to be over yet! So we decided to squeeze in another outdoor adventure in our last moments of warmth and sunshine. The destination: Ovens Natural Park. The park is located just outside of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, approximately an hour and a half outside of Halifax. This beautiful day trip is one you don’t want to miss!The admission entrance to the park is $10.00 for adults with special rates for groups, children, and seniors. The park also boasts a lovely campground; I have not yet had the opportunity to tent there but it would be the perfect location for a weekend getaway.
If you haven’t guessed from our other articles – the ocean is SUPER important to us! There’s a certain sense of adventure that accompanies the ocean and the crashing waves. We love to explore in the salty, fresh air and that’s exactly what we did at the park!The Ovens Natural Park is home to some truly amazing sea caves. This day trip was the perfect opportunity to take in some stellar views thanks to Mother Nature. The walking/hiking trail along the coast is relatively easy and short (about 40 mins). However, there are stairs involved if you want to go down and explore some of the caves (we recommend!). My favourite part was going right down inside the caves. The power of the ocean is so remarkable and created some stunning sights. We recommend taking your time on the trail so that you can fully embrace the beauty of this adventure.Be sure to check out the rocky beachfront as well. It’s a great place to search for some gold and try your hand at gold panning. I met Evan who was spending the day at the beach with his Dad. They both really seemed to know what they were doing and were even gracious enough to let me snap of picture of them. They even showed me a few specks of gold! This is part of the Nova Scotian charm that keeps us coming back for more. Thank you for the quick lesson and great conversation Evan (and Dad)!This park also happens to be one of the best picnic destinations in Nova Scotia. Who doesn’t love an ocean view with a side of lunch? We chose to pack some fresh fruit; vegetables, hummus, and crackers to satisfy that post-hike hunger. Don’t forget your bottled water and sunblock too!The park is open until the end of September! Go check it out before summer is officially over. What’s your favourite end of summer day trip? Let us know in the comments below!