Cape George

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

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Cape George was originally named Cape St. Louis, probably by Nicolas Denys, the noted diarist who was the French Governor of this area in the middle of the sixteenth century and resided in Nova Scotia for many years. In the late 1700s, Scottish settlers from the Pictou area moved into the Antigonish Highlands, which they found reminiscent of the old country. During the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalists also settled here. The Cape George region is made up of picturesque farming and fishing communities, crystal cliffs, and beautiful sandy beaches. The tip of Cape George consists of 100 m (330 ft) cliffs, scoured by strong ocean currents. The first lighthouse was built in 1861 and is still an important navigational aid. A short hiking trail leads to the lighthouse, where there are tremendous views of the Northumberland Strait and Prince Edward Island to the west and Cape Breton Island to the east. This hiking trail system opened in September 2000. Designed as a maze system with interconnecting paths, a wide variety of options of varying length can be selected. I have profiled one, fairly long, full-day hike.

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"Cape George was originally named Cape St. Louis, probably by Nicolas Denys, the noted diarist who was the French Governor of this area in the middle of the sixteenth century and resided in Nova Scotia for many years. In the late 1700s, Scottish settlers from the Pictou area moved into the Antigonish Highlands, which they found reminiscent of the old country. During the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalists also settled here. The Cape George region is made up of picturesque farming and fishing communities, crystal cliffs, and beautiful sandy beaches. The tip of Cape George consists of 100 m (330 ft) cliffs, scoured by strong ocean currents. The first lighthouse was built in 1861 and is still an important navigational aid. A short hiking trail leads to the lighthouse, where there are tremendous views of the Northumberland Strait and Prince Edward Island to the west and Cape Breton Island to the east. This hiking trail system opened in September 2000. Designed as a maze system with interconnecting paths, a wide variety of options of varying length can be selected. I have profiled one, fairly long, full-day hike."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Antigonish
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: Cape George 11 F/13
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape George

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May 2018