Go on a Figgywinkle

Enter the trail and go about 30 m and turn off left at a T junction. From the T junction, go 20 m to a sign post which says “All pets must be on leash”. Find the large tree with a “doorway” in it about 10 m off the trail to the left of the signpost.

This forest is a favourite spot for gnomes. They are small, enchanted beings, about three hand lengths high, that keep watch over nature. Forest gnomes, tree gnomes and woodland gnomes are all thought to live here. Why do so few people actually see gnomes? This is a secret for you to uncover. To discover it you will need to learn some special gnome exploration skills and a bit of gnome language.

The gnome word for adventure is figgywinkle. Gnomes always begin a figgywinkle by making a special offering to nature.

  1. Find a tiny, beautiful natural gift right nearby, such as a small seed, leaf or cluster of needles.
  2. Do the gnome forest offering: tiptoe in place, rub your hands together, say figgywinkle three times.
  3. Place your gift at the base of the White Pine which has a little cave entrance in it.

The Little People

The Mi’kmaq tell stories of a similar creature to the Gnome, known as Wiklatmu’j, “little people” (sounds like wih-guh-lah-tuh-mooch). They live in the woods in Mi’kma’ki and sound like birds when they speak amongst each other. They are 2 ft tall and are very cunning and quick on their feet. They enjoy dancing, singing and smoking a pipe. They also spend a great deal of time drawing and carving rock. Be on the lookout for them as well. This is a very old trail that the Mi’kmaq used for 100s of years to migrate inland in the winter from the Bedford Basin so it is quite likely that Wiklatmu’j inhabit these parts.

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