Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Digby Neck

Sunday, September 24
There is a narrow strip of land, a peninsula, that stretches along the Nova Scotia mainland and into the Bay of Fundy. The peninsula starts near Digby and runs southeast. As you near the end of the peninsula, affectionately known as the Digby neck, there are two islands that were at one time attached to the peninsula. The first is Long Island, then Brier Island at the end.

Down the highway toward Digby.

The light at Tiverton

The ferry dock from the mainland. Long Island across the water. A five minute ferry costs $7 per vehicle. They charge you to cross to the Island but is free to return.

Here comes the ferry.

On our way across.

Once off the first ferry we headed down Long Island with a stop at Balancing Rock. This is a 1.5 km (1 mile) trail. Nice and easy walk.....until....the last 253 stairs that takes you to the viewing platform. It goes without saying that 253 stairs down......means 253 back up! Actually it wasn't too bad and definitely worth the effort to see the shore line and the rock formations.

Nice boardwalk on some of the trail......

......and well maintained, mostly level trail in other areas.

The shoreline is rugged with lots of basalt rock pillars, most of which have fallen over the eons. The far shore is mainland Nova Scotia. We are on a peninsula.

Here she is.....the Balancing Rock!

It is about 20 feet high and 4 feet across.

Precariously balanced!

And not so balanced!

The rock is called  'columnar basalt sea stacks'. Interesting patterns.

I bet I could push it over!

On the lookout for whales!

Smooth as a table top.

One last look.

Remnants of former sea stacks of basalt rock.

These were the stairs down. pretty steep and 253 of them. Yes, I counted!

The trail back to the parking lot.

We traveled down the length of Long Island.

Fishing boat heading out.

The next ferry took us from Freeport on long Island over to Westport on Brier Island.

Just a narrow channel between the two islands.

First stop was the North Point Lighthouse.

The larger part of the Bay of Fundy.

Interesting garage construction. Finding stones is not a problem around here.

Whale watching tour boat. Lots of dolphins in the waters here too.

As the tide moves between the islands you get vicious rip tides.

The lighthouse on Green Island located mid-channel between Brier and Long Island.

LOTS of current here.

We drove across Brier Island to the far south end.

We found the third lighthouse of the Island. 

So pretty!

We headed back on the ferries toward the mainland of the Digby Neck. Some colourful buildings along the shoreline.

Beautiful homes. Many of the larger ones were bed and breakfast establishments.

Our GPS tells us we are in the Atlantic Ocean!

The Tiverton Lighthouse from the ferry.

Whale Cove

Interesting coloured rocks.

This Turkey Vulture coming in for a closer me!

Did you want to catch big fish or little fish. They had the boat for either.

The old boat ramp.

Low tide. The boats are 'hard' docked as they say. They'll float again when the tide comes in. The Bay of Fundy tides range from 27 to 45 feet. 

Nice beach on Sandy Cove. Some coves had rocky beaches and others were sand. Amazing the work of the ocean to create the beaches.

Back in Digby.

The fishing fleet at Digby.

Still at low tide.

The Point Prim Lighthouse near Digby.

The view from the Point Prim Lighthouse.

It was a great day of exploring the Digby Neck. Weather was great and the sites were amazing. Time to head back to the campground and rest up. lots more to see in this area.

.....and that was Our View From Here!


  1. That rock formation is incredible! But the real question is: Did you have any of the scallops?!?!?

  2. What a lovely scenic tour you had, thanks for the pictures.

  3. That balancing rock is really cool...amazing it’s still standing. We were out by about a week on our guesstimating for travel and could have toured that area after all, so thanks for the tour!
    Safe travels!

  4. Beautiful scenery! We're planning on spending the summer in the Maritimes next year as we start our 2 year journey touring Canada.

  5. A great tour. What a rock and those stairs!!! Good for you guys. Did you see any whales?