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Balancing Rock Trail

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Address: Highway 217, Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Mother Nature is so funny

Balancing rock was a nice diversion while waiting to go on our whale watching excursion. Not a too difficult path to the rock. About 250 steps down once you get to the stairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Maryland Heights, Missouri
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Maryland Heights, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Balancing rock was a nice diversion while waiting to go on our whale watching excursion. Not a too difficult path to the rock. About 250 steps down once you get to the stairs. The stairs are well made and sturdy. Interesting structure and nice walk through the woods.

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Saint Albans, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We took an early ferry for our Ocean Explorations zodiac whale watch out of Tiverton, so tucked in a quick hike out to the Balancing Rock. It's a nicely maintained trail with some interesting info stations along the way describing the plants, etc. Mostly shaded. After a gentle ascent going out, there are 235-ish steps down at the end. Well... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We were there today. The walk in is not bad at all. The trip back up the stairs is no problem unless you are very out of shape or helth problems. No bugs today. Cool at the water. Fog rolling in so if you see a lot of fog dont waste your time going. We got there just before tje... More 

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Porters Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The path is very good to hike on and lots of boardwalks over the swampy areas. Well marked with lots of signage explaining the plants and trees in the area. LOTS of steps (235 but I didn't count) and a very steep climb back up the hill side. The bottom observation platform is caged in so great for kids of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Very nice walking area before getting to the rock. Well maintained trail and stairs. Going down was much more fun than going up those 250 stairs... But the view was worth it!

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Georgetown, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We went on this hike with our 2 young boys while waiting for our whale watching tour to begin. Trail was well groomed, dotted with interesting info signage and easy to navigate. The Balancing Rock is really cool and in total I think we we were there for 1.5 hours. The stairs back up from the rock will offer a... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The new trail has good drainage, so even when it's wet, the collateral is minimal considering you are marching through wetland. Loved the interpretive signs with geological and medicinal plant info. When you get to the rocks, directly across the bay you see a church steeple. What you are looking at is Sainte-Marie, at Church Point, and Université Sainte-Anne.

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A 1.7 Km walk in a beautiful trail. Damp, mosquitoes herds, rich flora and a lovely trail all along. In the end it turns into 235 steps going down into the site itself. Breathtaking. Coming back is a bit strenuous, but all in all the experience is exceptional.

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Antigonish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Excellent trail with interpretive signs about the plants. Boardwalk and trail well maintained. Skunk cabbage, fiddle heads, larch. Then LOTS of steps down to the beach level to see the amazing Balancing Rock. Worth the effort :)

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The trail isn't very long (stated as 1.7 km, but that must be round-trip) and isn't strenuous, unless you try climbing the stairs on the return without a rest, leading to an excellent viewing platform by the balancing rock. It can get busy in summer, with folks competing for the best photo spots, but on a grey day in May,... More 

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