Seals! A Walk on the Brier Island Coastal Trail Past Grand Passage Lightstation

After my whale watching excursion I headed a couple miles out to the Grand Passage Lightstation on the northern side of the island. I had planned on hiking this stretch of the Coastal Trail, which encircles Brier Island, but on recommendation of some of the guides on the whale watch I decided to go directly after our return to land in order to catch low tide because I was told there would be seals! And seals there were. I hadn’t even walked a half mile past the lighthouse when I started hearing all the commotion, long before they came into view. There turned out to be about fifty. I could see them quite well on the exposed rocks just offshore but the beach uncovered by the outgoing tide was so covered in slick sea weed, dulse, and kelp that getting closer proved very difficult.

Grand Passage Lightstation, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Grand Passage Lightstation, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Seals lounging at low tide, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Seals lounging at low tide, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Columnar basalt, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Columnar basalt, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Seals lounging on multiple outcroppings at low tide, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Seals lounging on multiple outcroppings at low tide, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Zoom of seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Zoom of seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

More seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

More seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Zoom on more seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Zoom on more seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Another view of the seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Another view of the seals, Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Walking the Coastal Trail with seals in foreground and Grand Passage Lightstation in background, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Walking the Coastal Trail with seals in foreground and Grand Passage Lightstation in background, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Late afternoon sun on the Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Late afternoon sun on the Coastal Trail, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Grand Passage Lightstation, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Grand Passage Lightstation, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

View across Grand Passage to Long Island, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

View across Grand Passage to Long Island, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

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