Frolicking the beach in Nickey's Nose Cove
Even on a cold December day, the dark grey sand of Nickey’s Nose Cove beach is inviting enough to stop the vehicle, meander down the snow encrusted bank and make footprints towards the water.
The discovery of this oceanside beach was completely unexpected during an exploration day to King’s Point and area. The intent of the trip was to see the humpback whale pavilion and the town’s heritage home (both closed now but reopening in June). The pavilion houses the entire skeleton of a giant humpback whale, and tells the story of how the community feverishly worked for two years to perserve the bones of the mammal.
Dr. Jon Lien Humpback Whale Pavillon
After taking in the splendour of the site, it was off to Rattling Brook to see the location of the famed 800 foot waterfall, and to discover the charm of a local general store called Joshua Toms and Sons. Equipped with a back door museum which houses everything from old toboggans to 1973 Eaton’s catalogues, as well as a functioning potbelly woodstove in the middle of the shop, this place is not only charming in its appearance, but offers visitors the opportunity to mingle with locals and hear musical tunes during evening get-togethers.
Dulcie Toms, owner of Joshua Toms and Sons
From there, it was time to sample the cuisine at the local hotel near the entrance to the 8 km Alexander Murray Hiking Trail, then onward down Route 391 to admire the prominent Harry’s Harbour pinnacle.
Flickr photo by Nicole Drevenak
It was only a few summers ago that a large section of this highway, which locals say leads to three coves, a harbour and a dale (Nickey’s Nose Cove, Jackson’s Cove, Langdon’s Cove, Harry’s Harbour and Silverdale), saw pavement for the first time. The newly paved road meanders around coves, past newer homes, old churches and leads to secluded rocky beaches, numerous coastal trails, and a natural sea arch formed by the revenging Atlantic Ocean.
But it’s the view at the fork in the road at Nickey’s Nose Cove that leaves one imagining about cool, foggy summer nights when capelin hurl themselves upon sandy shores. At first, the beach lays slightly hidden by the main road that connects the communities within this five mile radius. As visitors marvel at the sheltered cove and silver tipped mountains across the bay, it’s not until you tilt your head toward the water that you realize the complete natural beauty of the place – a place that shows its beauty in whatever season.