Sunday, 9 June 2013

Outram, Annapolis County
N 44° 57.972 W 065° 12.827 
UTM: 20T E 325417 N 4981580

RIVER: Healy Brook
CLASS: plunge, canyon, numerous cascades
SIZE: 15', 12', multiple smaller cascades
RATING: outstanding (*****)

TRAIL: woods paths
HIKING TIME: 15 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: GC47Q2J

NS Atlas Page: 55/Y1
NS topo map: 021A14 (Bridgetown)

(my son at Healy Brook Falls)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  from Middleton, drive southwest along Main Street (HWY1) towards Bridgetown, 1.2km. Turn right onto Brooklyn Road (signed for HWY101 and Margaretsville) and drive 6.7km before turning right again onto Mt. Hanley Road. Drive 3.8km along this road, up the hill onto North Mountain and turn left onto Brown Road. Follow this road 3.3km and turn right onto Elliot Rd. Take the second right, 750m along, onto Shore Road East. Follow this road 550m to the bridge over Healy Brook and park in the pull-off on the right hand side of the road.

(looking down into the canyon below Healy Brook Falls)

 Healy Brook Falls I
photo: Benoit Lalonde (2011)

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: the roar of Healy Brook is audible from the bridge, downstream of the parking spot. A trail on the right side of the brook will lead you down to the falls, a very picturesque plunging cascade, about 20' high. Below the falls, about 50m downstream, Healy Brook narrows into a close walled canyon, draped in moss.

The main trail continues beyond the falls, heading downstream along the top of the ridge above the canyon. This is a short canyon, only 50m long at most, and a primitive campsite has been established below the canyon outlet, with a well-used trail leading back into the canyon, upstream, along the left hand side.

(view from campsite of Healy Canyon)

The canyon features several cascades along its course, with a couple deep pools interspaced between them at various levels. This is likely a popular spot among locals for camping and swimming. Further exploration downstream will lead to the Bay of Fundy approximately 500m further along.

photo by Jerry Johnson (2014)

photo by Andrew Paul (2014)

photo by Andrew Paul (2014)