Located not far from Truro, MacElmons Pond Provincial Park is a great spot for a quiet picnic and some pleasant nature walking. The trail winds through a red pine plantation, a black spruce swamp, an old field, and along the pond itself in a 1.6 km loop that passes by an adjacent wildlife sanctuary. As with most walks in the woods in Nova Scotia, fall is the perfect time to visit – the leaves are turning, the bugs are for the most part gone, and birds and small forest creatures can be seen and heard as you amble along (the pond supports a small population of American widgeon and serves as an important staging ground for various migratory waterfowl). There are boardwalks allowing for easy navigation of the boggier sections, and signage indicating some of the forest features. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon after a picnic. There are vault toilets on site.
The photos below were taken on a visit I made to the park in late September, 2014.
Directions: Take Highway 104 west from Truro to Exit 13, then south onto MacElmons Road; or Route 2 in Lower Onslow and north onto MacElmons Road. Continue 1 km to park entrance. The trail starts at the edge of forest at picnic area.
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