Coast towards Petit-de-Grat

Coast towards Petit-de-Grat
Photo 4 of 30: Coast towards Petit-de-Grat
Taken 2008 June 9 from from the Cape Auguet Eco-Trail
south of the third shelter on the Great Barachois shore
GPS 45°29.6??'N 60°59.0??'W

This view to the east was taken from the Eco-Trail south of the third shelter, seen at the left of this photo. The point at the right of the photo is Heath Head on Petit-de-Grat Island across Petit-de-Grat Harbour. The waters in the foreground are those of Great Barachois and the three points seen on the west side of Petit-de-Grat Harbour are all part of Isle Madame. The hill left of centre on the middle of those three points in the photo offers very fine views of the entire area; while it is not on the main trail, a cart path leads to its summit and it’s definitely worth the short detour off the trail to scale it.

This photo also illustrates the fine work done by the volunteers who built and maintain the Eco-Trail. At the bottom of the photo just left of centre, the two boards one sees are railings along a flight of stairs leading up the hill from which this photo was taken. At the left of the photo, one can see through the trees one of the wooden boardwalks on this trail that cross over brooks and wet spots. These amenities, found at many points along the trail, together with the aforementioned shelters, leave a very pleasant impression of this fine trail.

But it is the many great views from the trail itself, as it wends along the coast and beside a salt marsh, that leave the strongest impression. As this photo shows, these views are gorgeous on a beautiful day; I lingered long at several of the great views along this trail, spending nearly five hours all told in this beautiful place.