Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to see rugged beauty, rare or unusual plant life, and protected coastal barrens during a tour of the Duncans Cove Nature Reserve on Saturday, Aug. 12. The Department of Environment and Labour is offering the free guided tour of Duncans Cove for anyone interested in learning about the reserve. Two tours are scheduled for the day, the first will depart at 10 a.m., and second at 2:30 p.m. “This is the sixth nature reserve and wilderness tour in Nova Scotia this year,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Support for the tours has been tremendous and we are pleased to continue offering them throughout the fall and winter months.” Overlooking outer Halifax Harbour, the Duncans Cove tour will allow participants to explore footpaths above the shore and across high granite ridges. The rugged coastal barrens of Duncans Cove are home to many species that are adapted to wind, fog and thin soils. For more information and a map showing the guided tour location, contact Oliver Maass at 902-424-2123, or see the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .