Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is a 4200 ha (10,378 acres) natural environment park located on a dramatic coastal peninsula next to the Bay of Fundy. The park offers wilderness camping in secluded coves and ravines by this remote shoreline. A wonderful walking trail takes visitors along high cliffs and deep valleys. Cape Chignecto officially opened July 25, 1998. This is both one of the most difficult and one of the best trails in Nova Scotia. Few prepared footpaths are this long, and, when completed from Cape Chignecto to Apple River, it will be the longest in any provincial park in Nova Scotia. By British and Appalachian trail standards, Cape Chignecto would only rate as moderately difficult, or even lower. The maximum elevation here is only around 175 m (574 ft), whereas Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park (Maine) climbs 1219 m (4000 ft) in 6 miles. I recommend taking three days to hike the complete loop, and staying overnight if you wish to visit Refugee Cove and return. Camping and day-use fees must be paid at the Administrative Centre.

Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Professional Review and Guide

"Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is a 4200 ha (10,378 acres) natural environment park located on a dramatic coastal peninsula next to the Bay of Fundy. The park offers wilderness camping in secluded coves and ravines by this remote shoreline. A wonderful walking trail takes visitors along high cliffs and deep valleys. Cape Chignecto officially opened July 25, 1998. This is both one of the most difficult and one of the best trails in Nova Scotia.

Few prepared footpaths are this long, and, when completed from Cape Chignecto to Apple River, it will be the longest in any provincial park in Nova Scotia. By British and Appalachian trail standards, Cape Chignecto would only rate as moderately difficult, or even lower. The maximum elevation here is only around 175 m (574 ft), whereas Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park (Maine) climbs 1219 m (4000 ft) in 6 miles. I recommend taking three days to hike the complete loop, and staying overnight if you wish to visit Refugee Cove and return. Camping and day-use fees must be paid at the Administrative Centre."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Advocate Harbour
Distance: 32.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: Cape Chignecto 21 H/7
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Recent Trail Reviews

4/1/2008
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Beautiful trail! Did this as a solo trip while my wife was visiting her folks (she is from the area). GREAT hike, lots of ups and downs, incredible views, well marked and no trash. I took three days to do this which is plenty of time. Hiked this counter clockwise and stopped at Refuge Cove the first night. Excellent camping areas, went for a COLD swim. Second night was at Seal Cove and was completely alone in that area, was amazing except for the storm that rolled in just after dark, but even that was kind of fun, gave my bivy tent a nice test. Day 3 was a hike across the overland trail section in the rain part of the day, but was refreshing. You hike through stands of maples, birch, pines and others. You do share the area with bears and moose, so "bear country" rules apply here. This is one of my favorite hikes to date, highly recommended.



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May 2018