spring AT forest Haven Inn & Balfron Hillside Chalets

Hiking, a Springtime Tradition....
Hiking on Nova Scotia's many trails is often a delight many look forward to each spring. Forest Haven Inn and Balfron Hillside Chalets has developed a systems of Hiking Trails on our property..
You're welcome to drop by anytime and enjoy this popular addition to our property. Old Railbeds in our community are also a popular destination for Hikers

Fiddlehead Fiesta....
May, the best time for picking Fiddleheads or Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia Struthiopteris) along the banks of rivers and streams in our area here at Forest Haven Inn and Balfron Hillside Chalets.
Take a walk along the Waugh River, look for tight coiled plants an inch or two above the ground. Carefully remove the brown scales that surround the plant, wash with copious quantities  of water, the river works great, along with a fishing net. While fiddlehead picking is an enjoyable outing, you can purchase them at Farmers Markets.

Boil or steam the Fiddleheads in a pot of lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes, or steam for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with butter, vinegar. The timelier they are consumed the more flavor they will have. Fiddleheads a good source of vitamins A and C, niacin, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and phosphorous.
Don't miss the opportunity, plan a special outing this May.

Maple Syrup....
Spring marks the season for maple producers to collect maple sap and make syrup.
Starting in  March, many visitors make their annual pilgrimage to the Sugar Camps throughout Cumberland and Colchester Counties. Visit our regions maple sugar shacks to feast on delicious pancakes soaked in maple syrup.
An integral part of Nova Scotian heritage, maple syrup is surely one of Mother Nature's sweet spring gifts! Try some on your next visit to Forest Haven Inn and Balfron Hillside Chalets.

Spring Peeper....
In spring many a naturalist's fancy turns to frogs. Eight kinds of frogs live in Nova Scotia. The sight and sound of the Spring Peeper is part of most peoples childhood experience. Join us here at Forest Haven Inn, in our annual hunt for the Peeper! Our region has numerous ponds, wetlands and rivers, great  for spotting these elusive guys!
We recently had some visitors up from Halifax and one of their first questions was "are the peepers out yet", apparently they are seldom heard in Halifax!


Traveling with GPS

our co-ordinates
 Longitude : W 063° 13' 53"  (W 063 13.877')
 Latitude : N 45° 39' 58"  (N 45° 39.968' )


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