Contemplative Walking Trail
The trail is an ideal place to appreciate the flora and fauna of Nova Scotia. A number of distinct habitats can be found, each with its own ecosystem. The lake, actually a water-filled gypsum sinkhole, is typical of the unique karst topography found in Antigonish County. Many different berry-producing trees and shrubs provide food and shelter for a diverse group of animals. A Bald Eagle nests near the lake; a Great Horned Owl and Nova Scotia's smallest owl, the Saw-Whet, has been heard at the lake. Hawks, warblers, woodpeckers and songbirds nest and visit; ruffed grouse (partridge) forage in the alders. Deer, snowshoe hare (rabbits) and other mammals or their sign can be observed. Wetlands provide homes for reptiles and amphibians.
Experience and appreciate nature with all your senses;feel your connectedness to God's creation and enjoy the ecology of the Bethany Contemplative Trail.
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha has built this trail for contemplation and reflection while connecting with the Universe and all of God's creation.The trail is best appreciated when walked in a counter clockwise direction. To show respect for silent retreatants and other users, please use the trail reverently and quietly. It is designed for all-season walking or snowshoeing. Benches are placed to provide opportunities for contemplation and prayer. Trail maps are located at intersections. Wildlife and other nature observations, as well as comments about the trail, may be left at the Bethany Center office.
Sorry, pets are not permitted on the trail.
Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.
Go in Peace.