West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia

West Mabou Beach Provincial Park has nearly twenty short trails that criss-cross the peninsula through forest, bog, and headland. I began with the Western Coastal Trail which briefly crosses forest and skirts cliffs where the wind-beaten trees began to thin out, allowing views into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Quickly however I came to the highlands of vibrant green fields and meadows of purple, white, and yellow wildflowers. I took a detour to descend to the rocky beach but I spent the rest of the time wandering around the highlands; I loved the rolling green hills and meadows so much I didn’t even bother to explore the forest or bog trails.

Farm seen from entrance to West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Farm seen from entrance to West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beginning of Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beginning of Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Western Coastal Trail emerging from forest to headland, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Western Coastal Trail emerging from forest to headland, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Looking back on forest edge and meadows, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Looking back on forest edge and meadows, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

View of beach from Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

View of beach from Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Headlands, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Headlands, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Headlands, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Headlands, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Me, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Me, Western Coastal Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Western Coastal Trail over the headlands, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Western Coastal Trail over the headlands, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Headlands, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Headlands, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beach, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beach, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beach rocks, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beach rocks, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Walking up Meditation Hill, Cnoc na Smuain Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Walking up Meditation Hill, Cnoc na Smuain Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cnoc na Smuain Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cnoc na Smuain Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Meadows along Cnoc na Smuain Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Meadows along Cnoc na Smuain Trail, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beach, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Beach, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, Nova Scotia, Canada