Smack in the middle of Beford lies a small wilderness area protected as a national historic site by Parks Canada. This wilderness was protected a few years ago as some MicMac pteroglyphs were discovered.
This is the information had in hand as I was planning a hike with the family to try to seek those drawings out. Since there are sketched on stone, I looked at some satellite imagery and found some long and narrow outcrops in numerous places throughout the wilderness area.
The walk on the outcrops is easy and sometimes you will find some faint trails to get you to the next one....but more often than not you have to bushwack from place to place. We searched and searched on the outcrops but this time were not rewarded by finding the drawings. I will have to go back. However it's a nice little spot to explore right in the middle of the city.
Take Rutledge street off the Bedford highway and park by the children park. there is a trail at the back end of the park which leads you to the first rock outcrop.
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Posted By: FSHMN
- Sun Jul 22 10:52:11 UTC 2018
UpsideClose proximity to city. Little gem. DownsideNot really a trail. Directions not the best starting point if your goal is to find the carvings. CommentThis is not a trail. This really is, at best, a large, protected stand of trees.
We followed the pageâs directions (off the playground) and arrived pretty quickly at the place photographed. But this gigantic 45 degree rock slope does not contain petroglyphs. It is a place for some graffiti. Looking for some kind of clear trail off this area is next to impossible. The map on the page implies a trail of sorts. There really is none. There are some common very rough footpaths. But not so common that itâs easy to follow. Itâs only easy to lose your way (if using a path is your intention).
If you are looking for the actual ,and barely protected, petroglyphs like we were, then youâre best bet is going to the formal entrance at the very end of Emmerson St. Be respectful of the surrounding homes. If thereâs nowhere close to park, find a side street and walk.
There you will find a rock with a plaque denoting the entrance to a trail. Walk in less than 5 mins to the actual carvings (two) that are easily found due to the gigantic signage in front and a handful sacred cloth strips tied amongst the trees. An amazing Miâkmaq gem to find so close to Halifax.
Donât walk on the carvings! Instead, bring a bottle of water and stand off to the side pouring them over the rocks to help find the tragically eroding reliefs.
Further up youâll find a very nice bench and a trail that leads into the woods and then slowly gets less distinguishable. Bring bug spray in the summer and wear long pants for all the thorny wild brush.