Walkabout Episode Guide - Season 2
All Nova Scotians love to travel. It’s central to our history, from our very beginnings as settlers in a New World, to our trading days as masters of the oceans in the Age of Sail, to the modern era of travel around the world for both business and pleasure.
Over the years, the most accessible and popular travel destination has always been our own backyard, which makes sense, given the natural wonders of the region. With the rise of the eco-friendly tourism industry of the 21st century, more Nova Scotians than ever before are moving away from the commercial attractions, and heading out into the wilderness to explore our region by hiking along its myriad trails, channeling the independent and adventurous spirit of our ancestors from all cultures, from the Scots to the Mi’kmaq.
In Walkabout, host Andrew Younger travels those trails, profiling the unique natural beauty to be found along each one of them and learning about the history of the area. From hillwalking in the Highlands of Cape Breton, to scrambling over the rocky trails along the South Shore, the series exploresNova Scotia in a way that is true to our heritage, and which shows our Province in all of its wonder and splendour.
Walkabout host Andrew Younger explores trails on Brier Island and Long Island at Nova Scotia’s most westerly point, discovering unique geology and one of the province’s most important nature sanctuaries.
S2E2 Three Waterfalls
On a journey across Cape Breton Island, Walkabout host Andrew Younger explores three waterfalls, and finds they each have an interesting story that isn’t well known to most hikers.
S2E3 Protected Spaces
Two locations along the Eastern Shore have been protected but for very different reasons. Shelter Cove is protected as a unique unspoiled headland, while Port Bickerton tells the story of Nova Scotia’s lighthouses.
S2E4 Coastal Adventures
South of Halifax two coastal hikes call out to be explored. Pennant Point near the popular Crystal Crescent Beach and Polly’s Cove in the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area.
S2E5 Pictou County Gems
Walkabout host Andrew Younger tells the industrial history of Trenton as he explores Trenton Park and the Smelt Brook Ravine, and then shares ghost stories at a trail near Melmerby Beach Park.
S2E6 Canyons and Waterfalls
Devil’s Bend trail takes hikers through the Economy River Wilderness Area, Horse Pasture Falls is not one waterfall but many waterfalls in the Wentworth Valley Wilderness Area. Both adventures take visitors to places of unparalleled natural beauty.
S2E7 Eastern Shore Adventure
From a group of trails built to explore the connection between art and nature at the Deanery in Ship Harbour, to a beachfront trail system on an old military bombing range, Walkabout explores how land uses change over time and open opportunities for adventure.
S2E8 Walk Through History
At one time horse drawn carriages passed the majestic Uniacke Estates. Today those same routes are used by hikers who can explore the history of this once prominent space. Leaving there the Nine Mile River trail system invites you to explore natural history near Enfield.
S2E9 The Railway That Never Was
Travelling the Trans Canada Trail System out of Guysborough and up Salmon River, this episode of Walkabout leaves town for the Ogden Round Lake Wilderness Area, stopping in to see a very tiny, but famous, local residence.
S2E10 Those Who Came Before
In the Gully Lake Wilderness Area you’ll find a trail named for a former Mi’kmaq hunting guide, Sandy Cope. The trail takes you through the history of not only the Mi’kmaq but the many others who have lived on that land. Moving west towards Debert the Mi’kmawey Debert Intepretive Trail takes you deeper into the early history of the Mi’kmaq themselves.
S2E11 Quiet Spaces
On Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore the remote Abraham Lake Nature Reserve offers a place of silence in nature while protecting many important species, towards Liscomb the Liscomb Falls trail follows the Liscomb River along a popular Salmon fishing run all the way to a former hydro facility.
S2E12 Rocks of Time
A Mastodon, 10,000 years old found in a Nova Scotia mine a reminder of the ice age. Not far from there in a protected wilderness area, cliffs sculpted by that same ice age. Walkabout explores the Mastodon and Gibraltar Rock Trails.
S2E13 Urban Gems
The Bluff Wilderness Area has become a popular hiking destination with easy access to urban adventurers, the Pot Lake Loop is the first trail on that system. In Bedford you find a park which is wrapped up in history and a bit of myth – Hemlock Ravine Park.