Cape George

Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2P9

Cape George

Cape George Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Best spring through fall
Cape George 11 F/13
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Nov 2018