Last week my husband I ventured out to do a short evening hike after work. The drive to Parrsboro is very pretty. Although it’s not far from home, we only tend to make this drive once or twice a year, and every time I always say to myself that I will do it again soon.
We parked right on the beach , a short walk to the trail head. This was my first time on this trail, but my husband did the trail last year with Ashlyn. The initial section of the trail is steep, but worth the climb to the beautiful views of the Bay of Fundy.
There are many benches to stop and take a break along the trail, some creatively carved out of the natural trees on the island. The trail is narrow, with tree roots to navigate around, but once you make the initial ascent, the trail is easy to hike.
The lookoff to Blomidon and Spencer’s Island is breathtaking. There is a large vista chart to show the areas lighthouses and historical statistics. You can climb up the lighthouse replica platform for the best views.
We wore shorts on this hike, and after walking through tall grasses and plants, we made sure to check for ticks upon our return home. Although we did not give any thought to poison ivy, four days afterwards I broke out in fairly severe blisters. After a trip to the ER I was told I had encountered a poison ivy. So be aware and dress accordingly for the trail.
Ottawa House was closed on the evening we visited Partridge Island, but the sign outside advertising a strawberry shortcake in the cafe sounded lovely after a hike. But we were able to enjoy dinner at Black Rock Bistro in downtown Parrsboro. It was our second time eating here, and we were again very pleased with our meal.
Parrsboro is also home to Ships Company Theatre. There is something occurring every night throughout the summer at the theatre. There are several other trails in the area which I have on my summer agenda as well. Thomas’ Cove and Ward’s Falls I’ve heard are also great hikes. A beautiful drive to Parrsboro, a hike, dinner and a theatre play………..sounds like a perfect return road trip for this empty-nester.