Views of Blomidon

There is perhaps no other landscape feature in Nova Scotia that has a longer and more significant impact than the Minas Basin views of Blomidon. The depictions of “Blow Me Down” go back to 1800s due to the importance of the transportation route into the Minas Basin during the age of sail. Charles Lyell drew and illustrated Blomidon in his Travels of North America and Nova Scotia published in 1845. And the significance of this place grew as “away to the northward Blomidon rose..” as the backdrop to Longfellow’s Evangeline published in 1847.

Evangeline Beach

Today, the views continue to inspire and reward anyone who explores the shores along the Minas Basin. The view from Evangeline Beach shows the entire stretch of the “Blomidon Formation” of red sandstone that lies under a hard layer of basalt found on the distant shore, from Cape Split south to Digby.

Evangeline Beach is also an excellent place to do a quick sketch or walk along the beach. There is always something going on at low tide if you watch and listen. Today, a huge eagle visited the shore, perhaps scavenging dead fish.

During low tide, the shore access is very good at Evangeline Beach. The Triassic aged rocks also hold important fossils. Much of the low tide area is covered with mud and barnacles, so walking on the ocean floor is a slippery and dirty experience.

Paddy’s Island

There are striking views from the cliffs at Paddy’s Island. However – it is important to stay well away from the edges of these banks. Erosion in this area is very rapid and dramatic. The edges of the cliff are unstable, actively eroding, and dangerous.

The sedimentary layers of the Blomidon Formation alternate green and red, representing periods of fluctuating dry and wet periods of ancient climate. Footprints of dinosaur-like animals from the Triassic period are found along this shore.

Paddy’s Island is a landscape feature that seems iconic and ever lasting, but historic photographs show that it is changing rapidly. Today, an eagle perches on one of the higher points of the remaining island.

After two hundred million years, the sand from the age of the dinosaurs is unlocked from these cliffs and forms a muddy shoreline where modern predators roam.

Lyons Cove

There are spectacular views of Blomidon from the shore near Lyon’s Cove. Photographs have been taken along this shore since 1880s. Today, Blomidon continues to impress with it’s beauty and ancient geology.


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