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Taylor Head Provincial Park

Eastern Shore
3 hours
Year-Round

About This Experience

Taylor Head Provincial Park is a natural environment park. It occupies a rugged wind-swept peninsula jutting 6.5 KM into the Atlantic Ocean in Spry Bay, Nova Scotia. The park provides spectacular views and unspoiled coastline, offering a variety of coastal hiking trails and stunning sandy beaches.

 

Hiking

The trails at Taylor Head offer several different hikes. Each begins at the fourth parking area of the parking lot.  

Beach Walk

DISTANCE: 2 KM
TIME: 45 minutes
Easy

Bob Bluff Trail

DISTANCE: 3 KM
TIME: 1 hour
Easy

Spry Bay Trail 

DISTANCE: 4 KM
TIME: 1.5 hours
Moderate

Bull Beach Trail

DISTANCE: 6 KM
TIME: 2 hours
Moderate

Headland Trail

DISTANCE: 8 KM
TIME: 2.5 hours
Difficult

 

The shortest of the trails, the Beach Walk, begins from the beach at Psyche Cove and follows the coastline. Along this route, notice a barrier beach pond is separated from the sea.  At the end of the beach, you can return to the parking lot or join the Spry Bay Trail.

The Spry Bay Trail and Headlands Trail are two loops forming an almost figure-eight on the tip of Taylor Head.  You can do each loop separately or combine them for a longer hike.  The vegetation in this area is limited by the salt air, spray, and high winds that are a constant in this area.  For this reason, stunted white spruce, tamarack (also known as hackmatack or larch), juniper, and a variety of lichens are the main survivors here.

The combined Bob Bluff and Bull Beach trails offer the longest hikes, along with some of the nicest views. While admiring the scenery of Taylor Head Bay, the rugged segmented rock coastline, and the islands across Mushaboom Harbour, be on the lookout for a seal or two.

 

Tip for beach-seekers: Choose the Beach Walk or Bob Bluff trail for a walk along the sandy shores of the Psyche Cove Beach system.

 

What to Bring

Sturdy Footwear
Drinking Water
Snacks

What is Provided

Pit Toilets
Picnic Tables
Change Houses
Interpretive Kiosk

Things you should know

Meetup LocationEach hike begins at the fourth parking area of the parking lot.
SafetyThe Taylor Head area is scattered with coastline cliffs and steep slopes. Exercise caution when exploring the area, especially if small children are joining your party.
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