Pollett’s Cove is a wilderness estuary on the northwest coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is accessible only by boat or on foot via a simple 10 km hike along the coastline from Pleasant Bay, heading north (about 2 hours hike). It is truly a place to get away from it all. No cell reception and civilization.
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Laura, Kasper and I decided to hit the trail this Thanksgiving weekend (October 6/7) and join some hiking friends at Pollett’s Cove. We hit the trail at noon on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised with the sun shining and how warm it was for this time of year (20 plus degrees). What a beautiful day! The trail was very busy and I was shocked to see so many other hikers around. We hiked in with Etienne, Sheryl, Keith and Rio. We pitched on the beach as we always do and had a wonderful fire with lots of fun stories shared. It was a beautiful star lit night without a cloud in the sky.
But … at exactly midnight, a huge wind storm rolled in. Our beautiful calm night was no more. To quote my friend Etienne “I was thrown from my tent, upside down, with gear spread everywhere. Bam, from a comfortable sleep to wondering where the hell I am”. I was also shocked that the wind hit us as hard as it did, I have never seen wind flip a person and their tent before. Two of our beach campers had to tear down and leave for a more sheltered pitch. I surveyed the land as day break came upon us, lots of tents and gear was thrown about. The wind was quiet at this time and I figured we had the worst behind us. Then in a matter of minutes, a major rain and wind storm rolled in and created a sand storm on the beach. Laura, Kasper and I crawled back in our tent but not before getting soaked, pelted and covered in sand. We had plans on exploring but opted to pack up and move out.
What an Extreme Back Country Adventure! It started the night before we left, Laura and I enjoyed “NO” sleep while our tent was pitched on an ocean cliff with 95km/h winds. The next morning, four of us (Laura, Derry, Etienne, and myself) set out for the 3 day challenge of bushwhacking through the Cape Breton Highlands from Meat Cove to Pollett’s Cove. No trail, just compass and a bearing of South, South West and West. 80% of the time we had no idea where we were. It rained hard for most of the trip with a very high humidity as well. The bogs were numerous, the forest was narrow with lots of blow downs, and the alders were so painful to go through. How could you not have fun!
We spent CANADA DAY on one of our favorite beaches! We left Halifax on Friday afternoon and spent the night at Corney Brook before leaving for a couple nights at Pollett’s Cove the following day. The cove features a 1000-metre, sandy beach at the base of a spectacular valley formed by the confluence of Pollett’s Cove Brook and another smaller stream. After joining about 1,000 metres above the beach, the streams flow down through a grassy meadow to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.