On our last trip to the Annapolis Valley, we stumbled upon Blomidon Provincial Park while checking out the panoramic vista of the Bay of Fundy from Blomidon Ridge.
At the time, it was the first weekend of June, and the campground was packed. We had to plead a little with the front gate just to get a peek inside. When planning our recent trip, we made sure to book Blomidon early on. This park seems to be consistently popular, and we can see why.
The lots are huge, as in, able to fit 3 tents, a car, firepit, picnic table, hammock, and other assorted camping gear huge. They are also quite private, with lots of trees separating each space. All of this room also makes the camp pretty peaceful, even if you have many neighbouring campers. On our final night, there were a few large groups of tweenagers. Aside from hearing the occasional bass from a Shaggy song, we were pretty sheltered from external noises. (The noise shut down pretty quickly after nightfall.)
In addition to the spacious lots, there are a series of foot trails that take you through the surrounding woods. We explored the Jodry, Woodland, and Look-off Trails our first morning there. The Jodry Trail is named after Roy Jodry, who donated 400 acres to the province to create Blomidon Park. It was roughly 6km round trip and some of the most stunning views of the Bay of Fundy we have ever seen. If you are good on a bike in rough terrain, you could also bike the paths. We tried, and [I] failed pretty epically.
Back at our campsite lot, we were greeted by an assortment of wildlife, including rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and humming birds. We also had an unfortunate run in with crows after I left a bag of corn nuts in plain sight (lesson learned).
As if ample space, amazing views, and more friendly creatures than a Disney movie aren’t enough, Blomidon also offers programming all summer long. Take a guided tour of the mud flats, check out the bees and butterflies during a nature walk, or learn to build and fly a kite. The schedule of summer programming is available here.
The only downfall is the showers, and even they aren’t that bad. The cement floors and poorly painted benches are a bit off-putting at first, but the shower itself is free and has hot water and good water pressure.
Compared to past camping expeditions in Nova Scotia, Blomidon is the clear winner to date. It is also the cheapest place we have camped so far, at $25 per night. We recommend booking in advance. We also recommend asking for camp site numbers 40 – 60, which are in the most secluded areas of the park.