Monday, 25 March 2013

N 45° 07.002 W 064° 47.062 
UTM: 20T E 359650 N 4997463 

RIVER: Givans Brook
CLASS: steep cascade
SIZE: 85`
RATING: excellent (****)

TRAIL: woods path
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: GC1A9TT (archived)

NS Atlas Page: 46/X3
NS topo map: 021H02 (Berwick)

photo by Cheryll Kelley (2014)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Kentville, take HWY12 (Chester Ave.) south 3.6km, and turn right onto HWY101. Follow the freeway 17.7km to Exit 15, turning north onto HWY360, towards Harbourville. Drive 8.5km along this road, and turn left onto Barley St. Drive 600m down this road, parking at the obvious pull off where Givans Brook crosses under the road.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: follow the path on the left side of the brook into a small ravine next to the falls, and make your way to the base of these impressive cascades. The Faribault/Fletcher maps for the Geological Survey of Canada list these falls at 100 feet, but my measurements pegged it at closer to 85 feet. No matter the size, when the water is running through the brook, you will be awed. 

The viewpoint for these falls is directly below the falls, making them one of the more accessible falls in the area. Further falls listed at 20' and 15' are listed further downstream but I have not had opportunity to get to them yet.