Cape Chignecto Hiking Trails

Cape Chignecto Hiking Trails

Cape Chignecto offers a 52 km (32 mi) coastal loop which is rated as Difficult.
It is recommended to allow a three-night stay to complete the loop.
Know your capabilities, and come prepared for the time of year and the activities you want to do.
The tidal range and steep coastal cliffs may trap unwary hikers.
Be aware of tide times before your arrive.  The tide rises and falls at a rate of one inch per minute. 
Keep in mind that elevation is a significant factor when planning your trip.

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What to expect along the trail

The first 13.7 km (8.5mi) to Refugee Cove is frontcountry standard (stairs, steps, railings etc.) The remaining trail is backcountry standard (stepping stones, rock staircases; no infrastructure).

Visitor Centre to Mill Brook

A 7.6 km (4.7 mi) frontcountry trail rated Moderate to Difficult with a couple of particularly Difficult sections. Camping available at Mill Brook.

Mill Brook to Refugee Cove

This 6.1 km (3.8 mi) Difficult trail begins as a physically demanding switchback trail out of Mill Brook, through maple trees and ferns, to a steep descent into Refugee Cove. The trail offers views of the Minas Channel.

Refugee Cove to Big Bald Rock

A 9 km (5.6 mi) trek along some of the steepest cliffs in Nova Scotia.

Big Bald Rock to Seal Cove

A very rugged and demanding 9 km (5.6 mi) trail with coastal views of sea stacks.

Seal Cove to Eatonville

This 5.7 km (3.5 mi) hike is a popular day hike. It offers a Difficult challenge and features scenery, history and ravines.

Eatonville Campsite to Visitor Centre

This is a 15.5 km (9.6 mi) (return) trail providing an inland hiking experience until McGahey Brook where a coastal route leads back to the Visitor Centre(closed) at Red Rocks.

Please Note: Hiking along the beach west of McGahey Brook is not permitted.