Exploring Nova Scotia

We tend to forget every now and then just how beautiful our little province is! It is not hard to find beauty a stones throw away, no need to travel for miles, or get on a plane or ship… there are so many unexplored places close to home it is just a matter of getting out there and finding them!

We spent a fabulous time out on the bay of Fundy, the weather was perfect, tons of birds and seals and not a soul other than ourselves. Beautiful weather and stunning sunsets to boot it couldn’t have been more perfect. We used our roof top tent on our trailer took our kayak’s and just did not but enjoy the gorgeous scenery.. come on a photo journey with us for a few minutes 🙂
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A few ideas for the outdoor loving person in your life!

This and so much more… pop in to our web store to see if there is anything you fancy to put under the tree …  for someone special.
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Cape Breton Highlands

With our trailer loaded it was time to head out to cape Breton for a new adventure.. and adventure it was!
We left early on a Friday a gorgeous day here at home but by the time we got to the Canso causeway the rain was coming down and the wind was starting to blow

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We headed up towards the Cabot trail not quite sure of our destination for the night. The dark clouds followed us and the rain kept coming down in buckets. It was starting to get late, so we decided to stop over in Inverness area for the night.

We packed up early the next morning grabbed a Tim’s YES we are Canadian 🙂 and headed off again.

We had heard so much about Cape Breton Highlands park, we had though to spend a night here but after checking out the park, it was just too open and too many campers and buses for our liking. The hiking and backpacking is great there but for roof top tenting it is not very private if you like your space as we do! So we pressed on, the scenery was incredibly gorgeous, the winds were howling, although not a cloud to be seen. The were many white caps on the ocean far more than we have ever seen on previous trips up there, it was quite a sight to see.

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The skyline trail we have always driving past but since we had time on this trip we decided to do the trail, it is about 10 KMS round trip. The hike is fairly flat and not strenuous at all, when we reached the end of the trail the wind was incredibly strong blowing me right off the boardwalk. It was difficult to stand without being shoved over by the wind! Seems as though this wind and wild weather this weekend is not letting up for us.

Wind Blown On the Skyline Trail

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After our hike we headed further up the Cabot Trail and decided to go as far North as we could to Meat Cove, where we had thought of spending the night. The dusty road winding its way around the hills and through the valleys. We finally arrived in Meat Cove, the name apparently derived from the years when hunters used to dress their meat in this cove! 🙂 i would imagine hunting must be good in this area as there is not much of anything other than a campsite and a few homes.

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It is really beautiful and there is a little restaurant where we had a crab sandwich which was out of this world divine! So if you are ever in Meat cove eat at the Chowder Hut, they have fabulous food there! It was a much need break from all the driving. We opted out from staying there as the winds coming off the ocean and cliffs were very strong and the area not at all sheltered from the constant wind. But well worth the visit and the food! And so we pressed on back up and down and round that winding dirt road back to the Cabot trail.

Once again we were running out of daylight, so we decided to stop in Ingonish. What a gorgeous beach area! i was in heaven seeing the sandy beaches but not so much in heaven with the constant wind that would not let up!

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The next day we headed of towards Englishtown where we spent a night or tried to…. we set up camp and as the day progressed so did that bad weather… later that night we had to pack up the tent and head out as the winds were topping 100km/the gusts even stronger. The rain was torrential. Being close to the ocean did not help us either.  Not wanting to risk the roof top tent getting damaged in the high winds. we packed up as best we could in the conditions and set out once again to find somewhere to sleep. We ended up in a motel  along the way which in turn had a power outage from the weather! Our luck sure was not improving but we were safe if nothing else.

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Went for a walk near our camping spot and found a beautiful bed of moss, i think it is probably the most comfortable “bed” I have ever been on! It was bliss to chill for a bit!

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After another weird stormy night we set off once again bright and early to escape the bad storm which was still raging!

The Canso Causeway was closed to all traffic over two meters, i think we just squeaked by .. never the less we traveled across the causeway with great apprehension due to the high winds and rain, waves crashing over the side of the causeway was quite a sight to behold! The jeep and trailer did well but every now and again a huge gust of wind would send us swaying!

That night we set up in near Taylor’s head provincial park, the skies were still grey but the rain had stopped the wind was relentless gusting to over 70 KM/H. Our tent was battened down all windows toggled down and tie downs in place. The tent did amazingly well no problems other than the noise of the fly and the annex room catching the wind. The trailer with the RTT on it rocked and swayed endlessly. But old faithful RTT did her thing and kept us warm and dry 🙂

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The next day we were up early again, the air was icy cold but the wind was STILL blowing, it is time to head home…

Breakfast on the frontier stove bacon and eggs of course, my most favorite stove to cook on while camping!! I will not go anywhere without this little stove!

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Finally after travelling about 1800 kms we got back home, tired and  very wind blown! The trip was an adventure of “lets see how we can conquer the wind today” but not all was lost we saw some beautiful scenery and some really wild weather!

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Traveller Stove

Testing out the Traveller Stove was fun, we were so delighted they finally arrived in Nova Scotia. We unpacked the stove with great gusto 🙂
First of all we did the paint curing as instructed which didn’t take too long. the next day we lit it up for “real”
It really burns well, we made a stew on it and the results were amazing, probably just my excellent chef skills , kidding aside though, it gives off a lot of heat, ideal for cooking any meal on and would be perfect for a yurt or a shed.
We are looking forward to trying it in our Varanger Camp soon.

It is lot heavier than the frontier stove, therefore portability is reduced. That said it is a fantastic stove and can definitely be hauled around in a vehicle if so desired.

There is also an Aluminium box you can order for it, although expensive it is really made well and looks super sharp. This stove has surprised us, it not only looks really awesome but it produces good heat too.

We have only tested it with wood so far, but it uses minimal amount to reach adequate cooking temps. It is really a lovely looking stove and cooks fantastically well!!
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Traveller Stove

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The Traveller Stove is available in a range of colours, which we only see expanding. It is also a multi fuel stove with a heat output of 3.5-4.5 kw.
Our COFT technology makes it great to cook on, as well as keeping you toasty warm! When used with the correct fittings it can be installed in Bell tents, yurts, conservatories, chalets etc.

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Frontier Stove’s Controlled Open Flame Technology (COFT)

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The Frontier Stove has many functions, to warm, to cook and to boil.

One of the many advantages of the Frontier camping stove is that it provides an area to cook directly on the flame to ensure maximum heat from the flame to the cooking pot add to this a flue damper you cant go wrong, whether you are out in the garden, the shed, by the lake or in the forest.

The adjustable door vent allows oxygen to be controlled to the fire and the flue damper controls the maximum amount of air allowed through the stove to increase fuel efficiency and heat.

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The Frontier Stove is compact, lightweight and versatile and is perfect for any venue, camping, backyard, lakeside, shed you name it. It can produce enough heat to keep you warm in tipi tents or in a “man cave”, heat you up after a cold dip in the Atlantic and perfect to to extend your camping season and to extend your outdoor cooking season too

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The Frontier’s Water Heater boils and keeps water hot, or you can use any flat bottomed kettle to the heat plate. You can even remove the pot-hole to sit the kettle, or pan, directly in the way of the flame. There is a sliding top to add more water and a brass tap to pour yourself a nice cup of hot tea. Also ideal for washing up or for a cup of soup! The water heater wraps around the flue and sits directly on the stove top, works like a dream.

When using the stove for the very first time, we recommend that you vent your shed or tent is well. The initial manufacturers residue will burn off as soon as the stove heats up for the first time. I would even suggest you just start it up outside initially in the fresh air. A Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm is recommended for enclosed spaces.

The Frontier stove comes with:

  • 1 x section of chimney with rotating baffle
  • 1 x ash catcher
  • 4 x chimney sections
  • 3 x steel legs which fold into a neat bundle

For more accessories and information check our website …. http://www.wildcoasttents.com

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-18C Camping in a Varanger Camp

I always find this time of year the toughest, I think for me the worst part being an ex South African is not seeing enough sunlight in winter… this winter seems particularly bad and full of grey cold days…snow storm after snow storm… but there is always light at the end of the tunnel…

We recently shipped out a varanger camp to a customer in Ontario and received some really nice feed back and that is enough to make my day feel sunny and warm 🙂

Spent my first practice night in the tent in the backyard.  Best sleep I’ve had in a long time.   Only got down to about -18C so not yet a true test but certainly very comfortable.  I left the tent up for a couple of days including a fairly major snowstorm and it was perfect.

Thanks Mike

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Below is a photo of the top hat where the chimney exits, this vent can be opened or closed with the strings on the inside of the tent. You can also see the drying rack that comes with the tent, to hang dish cloths or socks etc.

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  You can also purchase additional racks below to hold your kettle or lights or boots 🙂

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The above photo shows the inner tent with a frontier Stove for heat. Attached to the frontier stove is the water heater which is super nice to always have hot water on tap. The water is heated up via the chimney and works very well. Alternatively you can go for the more expensive Helsport stove below, which works extremely efficiently.

Here is a Helsport stove being used in the Valhall tent. This tent has a spacious vestibule room big enough to accommodate table and chairs in the middle and on either end can accommodate two inner tents for additional warmth in the winter camping months. It has 6 entries and two entries with mosquito netting. Because of the numerous guy lines, like the varanger, this tent too will stand up well in howling winter storms or summer wind and rain storms.

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So come on out and lets play during these cold winter months, if you love camping why stop just because its winter, here are some really cool options to be able to stay warm and enjoy the outdoors when its chilly, snowing or raining…

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A little warmth on a cold day…

The Frontier Stoves are extremely popular with those that love the outdoors.

Many people have used it in different weather conditions and it has provided great results to all of them. This can clearly be seen from the customer testimonials available on the Internet. We have even had surfers buying the tent to warm up with after a chilly dip in the Atlantic!

The weight is significantly low, which helps when travelling from one place to another. The legs of the stove lock well to the ground both in open and closed positions. The stove pipes store inside the stove box and this feature enhances the mobility of this product as it also has a handle on the side for potability

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It is equipped with a well-designed damper to ensure proper air control inside the stove. You can use this in order to control the amount of fuel burnt and get the ideal temperature for your health and cooking purposes. there is also a hot plate on the stove for if you want to cook on open flame

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The flue sections of Frontier stove slot well into each other and you can purchase extra pieces in order to make the chimney as long as you require it to be. The water heater is equipped with a user friendly carry handle and a tap and slips onto the side of the chimney to be heated. This is an optional extra. The water heater has a lid that slides easily and prevents any debris falling into your water.

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This stove is extremely popular due to its fuel burning capacity and heat output. Keep the damper open when loaded full of wood to allow maximum air flow, thereby enabling you to enjoy the maximum benefits of you stove. once you have a good set of coals you can turn the damper down.

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The frontier stove is ideal for heating water and making food, not to mention you can go hot tenting anytime in winter and never be cold. Cooking is perfect on the frontier stove, as there is no smoke to contend with while using it, since the smoke goes up and away from your face. If you are using the frontier stove with a tent, make sure you have a spark arrestor on the top and for tents that do not accommodate stoves, make sure the fabric is fire resistant and that you use all safety measures. The frontier stove does have a heat shield mat for the bottom of the stove for hot coals and there are tent kits and shed kits for the flue to go through. However i suggest using this stove with a Helsport Tipi/Lavvu as these tents are designed specifically to accommodate a stove and are perfect for hot tenting.

The Frontier Stove is a great user friendly stove, it is affordable and can be used for many purposes, heating sheds, hot tenting, camping, cooking. We have used ours under a tarp while camping that way keeping us dry in the rain and still being able to cook and stay warm. it is totally functional and user friendly.

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May your Christmas be Merry and incredible happy

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” — Edward Abbey 

Here with a few suggestions for Christmas from stuffer’s to bigger items… give the person you love a taste of the outdoors for Christmas.

Kupilka are beautifully crafted and come in really packing would make a beautiful gift for a person who loves the outdoors.Cup and Bowl

We now also  have a large range of Helle Knives FREE SHIPPING anywhere in Canada… hurry while stocks last these knives are super popular..

How about a Stove for those winter days when power goes out, for camping or hot tenting. We have the Emberlit, Ecozoom and Frontier stove

The Emberlit is perfect gift for the “outdoorsy” person, anyone who loves to be in the outdoors camping and enjoying all nature has to offer.

We have roof top tents available to ship countrywide at very reasonable prices. We are still offering the guy show specials so get yours before Christmas.

The Varanger tents are perfect for the both winter and summer as you can have a wood stove in the centre to keep you warm through those cold damp nights. with this tent you can now extend your camping season, no need to quit camping at any season!

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” — Dave Barry …. But never fear with Wild Coast Tents, you will be cozy and dry!

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