Victoria Park in Truro – A Perfect Pit Stop

My parents – our girls’ grandparents – live in New Brunswick, so I have done a lot of driving between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia since moving to Halifax seven years ago. And because I am now on maternity leave, I have been travelling “home” even more often.

Road tripping with a dog is one thing. Road tripping with a dog and a baby (who no longer sleeps most of the day) is quite another. It requires a bit of planning ahead and strategizing, especially during the summer months when it’s too hot to leave your dog in the car for any amount of the time.

Trying to work around baby’s nap schedule has forced me to take things a little more slowly, and to discover some new stops along the way. That can be a very good thing. I have since taken the time to finally visit Victoria Park in Truro. It has become a fast favourite.

While Truro is too close to Halifax when we are on the way to New Brunswick, it’s often the perfect place to stop when we are on our way back to Nova Scotia.

Here is why we love Victoria Park. Public washrooms with change table – check. Shaded parking area – check. Picnic tables – check. And a stunning hike with waterfalls, elevated boardwalks, and beautiful scenery – check, check, check! Because of all of these features, we can nail the perfect pit stop with baby and dog. We can have a bathroom break, go for a lovely hike (and swim!), and have some lunch, before finishing the drive back to Nova Scotia.

But Victoria Park is more than the perfect pit stop for humans and dogs. It’s a beautiful destination in its own right. The waterfalls are easily accessible by a short hike, but there are a lot of trails–and stairs!–for dogventuring.

So even if you’re not planning on driving to or past Truro anytime soon, you may want to add this one to the list.

For more information, including directions from Halifax, click here.


Nackawic Walking Trail in Nackawic, New Brunswick with Off-Leash Dog

Getting Lost (and Found) in Nackawic, NB

What do you do when your long weekend hike is a complete bust? You find some craft beer and a donair, check out the local sites, and make the most of a glorious fall day.

This Thanksgiving, we had the privilege of being deep in the New Brunswick wilderness, at a rustic cottage on the shore of the Saint John River, somewhere between Fredericton and Nackawic.

We had the best of intentions of checking out a nearby hiking trail, a trail that Hiking NB refers to as the Flattop Mountain Trail. Continue reading

White Rapids Adventure Trail in Fredericton Junction, New Brunswick Off-Leash Dog Friendly

White Rapids Adventure Trail: A Unique Park That Combines Nature and Art in the Most Wonderful Way

In this week’s post, I am taking you outside of the HRM, and outside of the Province, to the coolest little park I have ever seen. I wanted to share this park with you, not just because it’s a great spot to take dogs (although Dallas did love it there), but more because it’s such a unique and beautiful park. I can’t believe I only recently heard of it, despite living in the surrounding area for a collective nine years.  Continue reading