As much as we love what we do, sometimes working all the time can be a bit of a grind. I think we all daydream about getting away every now and then. My get away day dreams usually involve remote locations, beautiful beaches and untouched landscapes and usually I'm picturing some place far, far away. Recently though, we had the chance to get away to the 100 Wild Islands for the day. And when I say get away, I mean really get away and experience everything I day dream about in person without even leaving the Halifax Regional Municipality. Don't believe me? Just keep reading.
Okay, so I know being glued to my phone on a nature trips looks bad, but it was all for a good reason. Our day at the 100 Wild Islands was spent with an amazing group of local creatives & explorers. We were all busy documenting the experience via Instagram and Snapchat to show everyone just how beautiful and important wilderness conservation is. Our host and tour guide, Bonnie, gave us a great lesson on why the 100 Wild Islands are so important on both a local and global scale. I wish I had a perfect memory so I could write it all out word for word, but essentially these untouched islands are home to so much flora & fauna and are one of the largest untouched island chains around. There are actually over 100 islands and within them we got to experience white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and rare Eastern North America temperate rainforests. Oh, and seals, we can't forget the seals!
After our 101 on the 100 Wild Islands it was time to hit the water. Our ride wasn't the picturesque fishing boat which you might have expected. We jumped on the zodiac faster than anything and it was the right choice to make. Riding the waves was as fun as any other part of the day, hands down. 100% worth getting drenched for, although our camera lenses might not agree.
The two boats split up and our group visited a beautiful secluded sandy inlet with marshes, rainforest and some seriously tropical looking beaches. Just a warning, the water wasn't quite as tropical as it looked, trust us, we tested it out. After testing the waters and some solid exploring, we had to get a group photo, especially since we were chilling with so many familiar faces.
From there we caught up with the other half of the group who were waiting at beautiful Borgle's Island. There was a delicious picnic spread out on yet another beautiful white sand beach and lots of great company and views waiting.
On Borgle's we got to go on a great hike and learn more about the islands and diverse ecosystems there. We also got to take a few and chill with some really great people like the boys from A for Adventure who are a huge wealth of knowledge about all things adventure in Nova Scotia and beyond. Other than our incredible group the only other people we saw for the day are pictured below. How's that for wilderness?
All in all our day was beyond amazing and we've still got the tan lines to prove it. We have to say a big thanks to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust who made it all possible. If you're interested in learning more (and who wouldn't be?) make sure you check it out here. You can also see a couple killer videos from our day here and here to see what still pictures just couldn't capture. If all this feels as real and important to you as it does to us, you can become a friend of the wild and contribute in any way possible. We don't know when it'll happen, but we already can't wait to go back to the 100 Wild Islands!