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Discovering the Ovens Natural Park in Riverport, Nova Scotia

Have you ever heard of the Ovens Natural Park in beautiful Nova Scotia? Because you totally must know about this otherworldly destination.

I first heard about the Ovens after watching Netflix’s Locke & Key. I LOVE sea caves – you can check out our sea kayaking adventure at the St. Martins Sea Caves here and that time we dined on the ocean floor in a sea cave here. But I had never heard of the Ovens until, of course, I Googled where Locke & Key was filmed after recognizing the town of Lunenburg in certain scenes and assuming the mysterious sea caves had to be filmed nearby.

And speaking of Lunenburg – that’s another magical seaside town in Nova Scotia that you’ve simply got to visit!

Located 25 minutes from Lunenburg, the Ovens Natural Park can be a day trip, a weekend trip, or a pit stop on your coastal adventure. I had the opportunity to visit in June when I was attending an awesome Take It Outside Ambassador Trip at Oak Island Resort and let’s just say, when the suggestion popped up to visit the Ovens after lunch in Lunenburg, I may or may not have squealed.

It was a total dream come true.

So to switch things up from my usual coastal New Brunswick content, I thought I’d share a few pics from our adventure!

Upon arrival to the Ovens Natural Park, you will need to pay a small fee for a park pass – $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for Seniors (65+) or Children (5-15) but trust me when I say, it’s absolutely worth it! Park hours are from May until October, 8:30 am until dusk. For more details on rates, hours, or lodging/camping, click here.

To view the famous sea caves or “Ovens” as they are called at the park, you can take a short tour along the cave walking trail that brings you along the ocean and stunning cliffs. It was foggy when we visited but don’t let that deter you if the weather forecast isn’t in your favour, the fog just made it all the more magical.

Photo Credit: Patrick Austin @austin_tatiously

A number of stairs will take you down to Tucker’s Tunnel and Cannon Cave, which was SO cool! Appropriately named, when you’re visiting Cannon Cave, you will be able to hear a large BOOM when the waves rush into the cave. It was so cool!

You can really spend as much time as you’d like, exploring the trail and the caves but for the average visitor, the entire self-guided tour will take you about 1 hour.

I can’t say enough about the cliffs and these incredible sea caves – I think about this trip at least once a day, as it was so beautiful.

Here are a few extra snapshots from our day, that I’m pretty sure will have you booking a trip to visit them in no time!

Photo Credit: Patrick Austin @austin_tatiously
Adventure Friends – Martina @martina.official, Sara @dashboardliving, Jenn @outdoorsjenn

Have you visited the Ovens? I’d LOVE to hear what you thought and see your photos too!

Happy Adventuring!

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