Shubie Canal by Moonlight

Organized by Nova Scotia Trails 'Let's Get Active' Committee

On Friday, 29 January, Betty and I drove to the Fairbanks Centre, to participate in a nighttime walk of the canal. Arriving at 7:00 p.m., we found ourselves among 50-odd like-minded souls, including very young children, and Gonzos Wendy and Bernie Levy, Ross Mitchell, and Jerome Bruhm.

Leaving the Centre, we followed trails to the shore of Lake Micmac, where the lights of the Mall, across the frozen lake, reminded us we were not in a remote woodland. Though crisp and cold, the woods protected us from the decidedly arctic breeze, and the trail along the manmade canal, locks, and holding ponds was fabulous!

Ross and I had the benefit of a continuous commentary by long-time friend and member of the Canal Commission, Dr. John OíConnor; his insights into the evolution of the Park, involving people and events, was stuff fit for a book!

A mere 3/4-hour walk had us back at the Centre, where we were treated to a wonderful variety of sweets, contributed by participants, assisted by coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Could it get any better?

Yes, and it did! There were numerous draw prizes, and a slide show of aerial photos of the entire Canal system, from Dartmouth to the mouth of the Shubenacadie River.

At 8:45, we were in the car, heading home. Talk about a well-organized event! Canít wait for their next effort!

Chris Hollebone