Gaff Point in Nova Scotia's South Shore (photo by Mike Dembeck)

Gaff Point in Nova Scotia's South Shore (photo by Mike Dembeck)

Two Nova Scotia coastal trails can be seen around the world

May 19, 2017
Halifax, NS


NCC posts virtual views of Pugwash Estuary and Gaff Point

Anyone around the world can now take a virtual hike along two Nova Scotia coastal trails, thanks to video posted online by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Google Street View. Through a partnership with Google, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has photographed and mapped 18 of its most spectacular natural areas across the country, including its properties at Gaff Point, Lunenburg County and the Pugwash Estuary, and the results were recently posted on NCC’s website and Google Street View.
For the past two summers, Nature Conservancy of Canada staff have walked some of NCC’s most popular trails with the Google Trekker, a 29-kg (50-pound) backpack-mounted 360-degree camera system. The Google Trekker’s 15 cameras take images every 2.5 seconds, giving viewers a realistic look at the trail and surrounding scenery. The Google Trekker not only captures images of the trails, it connects those images to GPS locations, enabling would-be hikers to plan trips to the trails once they’ve previewed them virtually.

“We are thrilled to be able to share our beautiful Gaff Point and Pugwash Estuary properties with a worldwide audience,” said Doug Van Hemessen, Nova Scotia stewardship coordinator with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This allows people interested in exploring NCC’s trails to preview them virtually so they can better plan their trip. Anyone considering volunteering with us for our bird surveys or trail blazing events will also be able to view the area in advance.”  The Nature Conservancy of Canada partners with The Friends of the Pugwash Estuary and the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy to maintain the trails in Pugwash and Gaff Point.

The complete list of NCC sites can be viewed at and spans both ends of the country, from NCC’s lands along the East Coast Trail in Maddox Cove in Newfoundland and Labrador, to Chase Woods in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia.

“We hope these images will excite people in Canada and around the world to explore some of our most stunning and diverse landscapes, coast to coast,” said John Lounds, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Our mandate is to conserve our precious places, connect Canadians to nature and inspire people to cherish and care for all that nature gives us. We are pleased to work with Google to bring these conservation areas to a wider audience.”

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting a trailblazing day for volunteers at Gaff Point on July 15 and a waterfowl survey at the Pugwash Estuary on September 30.


The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped conserve more than 74,000 acres (29,946 hectares) in Atlantic Canada.

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