Events

Our interpretive program is led by volunteers.

Fulfillment of this program is subject to COVID 19 conditions and restrictions.

We’ll be practicing social distancing at all events.

Trail Accessibility Guide

Join us for a guided hike led by a knowledgable member of the Friends of Taylor Head Society.

We have graded our hiking trails as EASY or MODERATE for hikes under 3 kilometers, and DIFFICULT for hikes over 3 kilometers, such as the Headland Trail. Most outings exceed three hours, so do not forget to bring drinking water, something to eat, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

Easy or Moderate

Hike is under 3 kilometres (1.86 miles)

Difficult

Hike is over 3 kilometres (1.86 miles)

You need sturdy footwear such as walking shoes, hiking sneakers, or hiking boots.
Street shoes or sandal-type footwear with open toes and heels are unsuitable for these rough hiking trails. If you have questions about the conditions of the trails, give us a call.

NOTE:  Dogs, except for Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs, are not permitted at any of our events

GETTING STARTED IN BIRDWATCHING

Saturday, June 10. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  No rain date.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: EASY

If you want to start bird watching or have started and want some help, practice, or encouragement, this event is for you. The focus is on basic bird identification techniques. We will do a walk-a-bout to find and identify birds. We will also cover optical equipment, guidebooks, and other aids helpful to bird watchers.

This event is for those new to bird-watching; however, experienced birders are welcome to attend to help beginners. Bring binoculars. Some loaner binoculars will be available. Bring lunch and water.

Leader: Peter Oickle. Call/text 902-499-4114
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons. 902-885-5737

WILDFLOWER WALK

Saturday, June 24. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  No rain date.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: EASY (surfaced trails and sand beach near the parking lot) 

Early summer is a special time in Taylor Head Park. The wildflowers are in full bloom, and the vegetation is fresh and lush. During this outing, we will stroll along the trails through the forest, old fields, and the sand beach looking for the display of early summer wildflowers and other flora. This is a walk everyone can enjoy, even those using mobility aids. Bring lunch and some water.

Leader: Peter Oickle. Call/text 902-499-4114
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons. 902-885-5737 

NATURAL HISTORY WALK: WILDFLOWERS, WILDLIFE, and GEOLOGY

Sunday, July 16. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  No rain date.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: DIFFICULT

During this mid-summer outing along the Headland and Spry Bay Trails, you will have the opportunity to observe and identify plants, birds and other wildlife of the seashore, barren headland, and wetlands of Taylor Head.

We will also examine some of the Park’s fascinating geological features as we traverse the margin of one of Nova Scotia’s most prominent coastal headlands.

This hike will be about 5.5 hours, and the trail is challenging in places. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars, and wear sturdy footwear.

Leader: Peter Oickle. Call/text 902-499-4114
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons. Call/text 902-885-5737 

NIGHT WALK: AFTER DARK SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

Saturday, AUGUST 19. Time: 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 
Meet at the Park Info Kiosk’s last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: EASY

The cloak of darkness reveals natural wonders at Taylor Head Park that are known to few. On this nocturnal quest explore the shoreline, nearby woods, the old homestead fields, and the sky to experience how our park sleeps.

Whether shrouded in fog or under a starry dome, there is a lot to hear and see as our ears tune in to night sounds and our natural night vision mechanism adjusts. Please bring your own flashlights or headlamps but when the sky is clear it is possible to walk safely using mostly natural light. This event is a perfect event for families.

Leader: Warren Parsons. Call/text 902-885-5737 
Alternate contact: Maria McGowan. Call/text 902-818-5734 

BIRD WATCHING: FALL MIGRANTS

Saturday, September 23. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  No rain date.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: DIFFICULT

The pace and content of this and all of our birding walks favours new and inexperienced birdwatchers.   

Experienced birders are also very welcome especially those willing to share their knowledge and skills.

On this outing, we will walk the Spry Bay Trail and Headland Trail.

It is a good opportunity to see and photograph migrating shorebirds including Yellowlegs, Whimbrels, and other foraging travelers.

We also expect to see migrating fall warblers as well as a variety of our year-round, resident species.

You will encounter rugged terrain on this 5-hour walk, so wear hiking boots or other sturdy footwear.

Bring lunch, water, and binoculars.

Leader: Peter Oickle  902-499-4114

Alternate contact: Warren Parsons. Call/text 902-885-5737 

AUTUMN COLOURS WALK

Saturday, October 14. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    No rain date.
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: DIFFICULT

October brings cool temperatures, no biting insects, and vibrant colours. There is no better time to get out and enjoy Taylor Head Park. The crowberry and huckleberry barrens along the Headland Trail and Spry Bay Trail are clothed in colourful autumn attire and ready to host adventurous visitors.

Take a lunch and water. Terrain is rugged so sturdy footwear is recommended.

Leader: Peter Oickle.  Call/text  902-499-4114

Alternate contact:  Warren Parsons.  Call/text  902-885-5737                                                                               

➡️ POPULAR
MAGICAL, MYSTERIOUS, MUSHROOMS

Sunday, October 15.  Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    No rain date. 
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

This is a very popular event; registration is first come, first serve. There are only 15 spaces available. If you register and are unable to attend, please advise us so someone else can fill your spot.
 
To register, email: clmalay@gmail.com
You will receive a confirmation email of your registration. 
 
If you do not receive a confirmation email, registration is full.
 

Level of difficulty: MODERATE.

Discover how mushrooms (fungi) are absolutely essential to our well being. Forests would not grow without them. Orchids wouldn’t bloom without them, and some even glow in the dark. Throughout history, mushrooms have been regarded with fear and fascination.

Learn the facts about what is edible and what is poisonous, and where (and when) to find them.

The trail is rough, so wear appropriate footwear. Bring water and a trail lunch. No rain date.

Leader: Dr. Scott Cunningham. Scott has a Biologist with a doctorate in molecular biology. His specialty is the mushroom flora of the region. 

Extended Park Season Activities October 11 – December 03

Through a partnership agreement between The Friends of Taylor Head Provincial Park and NS Department of Lands and Forestry, the Park gate is open beyond the normal mid-October closing date until early December. During this extended open period, in the absence of regular park staff, FOTHP volunteers take on responsible for garbage collection and toilet maintenance.

LATE SEASON GUIDED HIKE

Saturday, November 4. (No rain date) Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: MODERATE with EASY SECTIONS

Late autumn is a special time to experience the natural wonders of Taylor Head Park. The air is fresh, cool, and clear. There are no biting insects, and lots of elbow room on the trails.

Join us for a walk on the Bull Beach Trail and the Bob Bluff Trail to Psyche Cove Beach (Taylor Head Beach), then along the beach to Powers Pond looping back to the main parking lot. Shuttle or walk the Park Road back to the Bull Beach parking lot.

Hiking on exposed coastline in November can be cool and damp, so good boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and water. No rain date.

Leader: Peter Oickle  Call/text: 902-499-4114

Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 902-885-5737

BIRD WATCHING – WINTER BIRDS

Sunday, November 19. (No rain date) Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: DIFFICULT

The pace and content of this and all of our birding walks favours new and inexperienced birdwatchers.

Experienced birders are also very welcome especially those willing to share their knowledge and  skills.

On this leisurely walk along the spectacular Headland Trail, we focus on birds that typically overwinter along our coastline. We expect to see a variety of ducks and other seabirds; including eiders, grebes, scoters, dovekies,  guillemots, mergansers, harlequins, long–tails, and gannets.

Hiking on exposed coastline in November can be cool and damp, so good boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and water. No rain date.

Leader: Peter Oickle  Call/text: 902-499-4114

Alternate contact: Warren Parsons Call/text: 902-885-5737

LATE SEASON GUIDED HIKE

Saturday, December 2. (No rain date) Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot.

Level of difficulty: MODERATE with EASY SECTIONS

Late autumn is a special time to experience the natural wonders of Taylor Head Park. The air is fresh, cool, and clear. There are no biting insects, and lots of elbow room on the trails.

Join us for a walk on the Bull Beach Trail and the Bob Bluff Trail to Psyche Cove Beach (Taylor Head Beach), then along the beach to Powers Pond looping back to the main parking lot. Shuttle or walk the Park Road back to the Bull Beach parking lot.

Hiking on exposed coastline in November can be cool and damp, so good boots and seasonally appropriate clothing is recommended. Bring snacks, lunch, and water. No rain date.

Leader: Peter Oickle  Call/text: 902-499-4114

Alternate contact: Warren Parsons Call/text: 902-885-5737

WINTER WALKS

We organize walks on the park road, trails, and beach during the winter months, subject to seasonal conditions. These events will be announced on social media.

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