Ward Falls and Partridge Island

Wharton, Nova Scotia B0M 1R0

Ward Falls and Partridge Island

Ward Falls and Partridge Island Professional Review and Guide

"Ward Falls belongs to lumber and building supply company C. Ernest Harrison & Sons Ltd. of Parrsboro. In memory of founder C. Ernest Harrison, they have taken the land around the falls out of production and perform regular trail maintenance. All the company’s lands are open for recreational use, and snowmobile clubs have many kilometres of groomed track at other locations. North Branch Diligent River cuts through the Cobequid Hills, carving a narrow (4 m/yd wide) gorge nearly 40 m/yd long and 20 m/yd deep.

In summer, water barely trickles from the opening, and it is possible to climb inside the gorge without getting wet. During the spring, however, the narrow aperture is sometimes insufficient to accommodate the water pressing through, with incredible results. There are few similar sites in Nova Scotia. You will notice that a long beach connects Partridge Island to the mainland. Apparently this was created during the great Saxby Gale of 1869, when gravel blocked the existing channel. Partridge Island also contains a strong magnetic anomaly, strong enough to swing the compass needle of approaching ships. The Island’s erosion resistant basalt dominates the entrance to Parrsboro Harbour."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
Best spring through fall
Parrsboro 21 H/8
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Aug 2018