Delaps Cove Wilderness Trails
The Delaps Cove Wilderness Trail system is located approximately 20kms outside Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, and consists of two nature trails - Bohaker Trail, a 2.2 km loop (one hour walk), and Charlies Trail, a 1.9 km loop. Getting there is an beautiful journey in itself as you drive over the North valley ridge along Hollow Mountain Road. As the Bay of Fundy is coming into view, you take a sharp left turn. You'll be tempted to continue down to the pier, but you need to take the next left onto Shore Rd. You'll twist & turn down the dirt road passing a few cottages and other houses. Keep going a few kilometers until the dedicated parking lot and trailhead.
The area surrounding the trail system was once a thriving Black settlement with, at one time, close to 70 inhabitants. Census records show that this community was in existence since at least 1838, but it probably dates back much earlier, perhaps to the period after the American Revolution, when many freed blacks received grants of land in the County. Visitors can observe rock walls, foundations and lilac bushes on more remote areas of the trail. Names popular at this time include Pomp, Scank, Francis, Sims, Esser, Brothers and Morton.
The wilderness trail system officially opened in 1985. Bohaker and Charlies Trail are the two main routes in the system. The Old Shore Road, an abandoned provincial road, connects these two trails. The lands between the trails are privately owned.
This late November hike with my mother took us out on Bohaker Trail, aptly named for its proximity to Bohaker Brook, which, in turn, was named for an early landowner. The trail will take approximately one hour to hike. Overall the terrain of the trail is well maintained and shouldn't pose a problem, there’s even a few rough benches sprinkled along the trail. As stated above, the Bohaker Trail is 2.2 kms in length, it’s a loop, and offers a great view of a waterfall emptying into the Bay of Fundy. Visit the 43 foot waterfall from the cliffside or view it from the wooden viewing platform. It’s said there’s an old frayed rope to descend down to the ocean floor and look up at the waterfall but we couldn’t find it. We did find trees and branches to hold on to as we scaled the steep cliff side to the bottom. At the base you can see the remains of a fishing boat up close.
A multitude of plant species grow in the woods along the trail. The ground cover includes the broad or large-leafed aster, berries and many species of ferns. Nova Scotia's provincial flower, the Mayflower, can be found in hidden patches along the trail in the early spring. Cranberries grow along the shore.