A Collection of Reflections &
Photos from the Cape Split Hike

This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Evangeline, 1847.
(Epic poem set during the expulsion of 12,000 Acadians from this area, 1755-1764)


The Cape Split hike this weekend was my first experience with hiking, and it was very eye-opening. The long walk was difficult physically, but mentally and spiritually liberating. As a student from Prince Edward Island, being on the countryside and near the water made me feel right at home.

I love exploring in forests so I found the nature of the hike to be stunningly beautiful and I appreciated every step. I have been wanting to go on the hike for 2 years now but this was the first year it worked out and the view from the top was even more crazy than I could have expected!


It was a challenge. 8km up and down is no easy feat. We faced this challenge knowing we would be rewarded with something great, with a view worth more than the struggle to ascend was worth. While we hiked we only saw trees, once we ascended and overcame the obstacles that could have prevented us from making it to the top, we saw the reward was far greater than what we could have imagined, something greater than us but also a part of us as we are all part of nature. We were participating in being alive. We were participating in being something of the world we could only understand in the briefest moments of reflection.