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Balancing Rock-Photo by Shawn M. Kent
Balancing Rock-Photo by Shawn M. Kent

The Balancing Rock appears to defy gravity as it stands against the weather, wind, and waves on Long Island overlooking St. Mary’s Bay. Because of its precarious placement on what appears to be the very edge of a rock shelf, the Balancing Rock has become a popular destination for visitors who wish to see for themselves what looks impossible in photos.

The Balancing Rock is a columnar basalt formation estimated to weigh over 20 tonnes and is 9 metres (20 feet) tall. This volcanic rock has been worn away over eons to form the photogenic shoreline of Long Island. Despite its delicate placement, the Balancing Rock stands firmly in place. Local rumours say that fishermen even tried to pull it down once to discourage visitors, but the rock refused to budge.

To get to the Balancing Rock, photographers will need to park at the trailhead along the Digby Necks and Islands Scenic Drive. Once parked, there is the 1.7-kilometre Balancing Rock Trail. The well-maintained trail will take you through the woods, bogs, and eventually to a steep embankment. There is a 235 step staircase with rest areas to get to the viewing platform. Getting down is no problem, but the climb back up can be a bit of a challenge. However, the trail is very well maintained, and the payoff at the end is worth it with a stunning view not just of the Balancing Rock but all of St . Mary’s Bay.

(Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada)