Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
The Cape Chignecto coastal trail is 51 kilometres long beginning and
||51.0 km (return)
||3 - 4 days
||Loop - Complete
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is located in West Advocate Harbour, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is approximately a 1 hour and 10 minute drive from Amherst or 40 minutes from Parrsboro.
From Halifax, Nova Scotia:
* On the Trans-Canada Highway from Halifax at exit 12, keep RIGHT onto Ramp (HWY-4 / HWY-2 / Masstown / Glenholme / LR. Debert)
* At stop sign turn RIGHT onto HWY-2
* Drive approx. 4 km and access left turning lane, turn LEFT to stay on HWY-2 (Parrsboro, Five Islands)
* Stay on HWY-2 for approx. 65 km, this will bring you to Downtown Parrsboro
* At the stop sign turn RIGHT to stay on HWY-2 (drive approx. 3 km)
* Turn LEFT onto HWY-209 (drive approx. 45 km)
* Go through Advocate Harbour and turn LEFT onto the West Advocate Road approx 2 km
From Moncton, New Brunswick:
* On the Trans-Canada Highway from Moncton at exit 4, keep RIGHT onto Ramp (HWY-2 / Amherst / Springhill / Parrsboro)
* Turn RIGHT onto HWY-2 (drive approx. 3 km)
* Turn RIGHT onto HWY-302 (drive approx. 9 km)
* Turn RIGHT onto HWY-242 turn LEFT onto Shule road (drive approx. 45 km)
* In Apple River turn LEFT to access HWY-209 (drive approx. 1km)
* At stop sign turn LEFT onto HWY-209 (drive approx. 17 km)
* Turn right onto the West Advocate road (drive approx. 2 km)
This is a fantastic hike along the coast of the Bay of Fundy with stunning views of the Bay as well as the coast of New Brunswick.
The hike is difficult in that there are little to no switchbacks on the trail. Between the trailhead and Refugee Cove, a distance of 12kms the trail drops to sea level and then climbs almost 250metres three times. The average grade of these ascents/descents is about 40degrees. It can be a real knee eater.
After Refugee Cove the trail becomes easier, there are many viewpoints all along the trail and if you allow yourself at least 4 days you'll have plenty of opportunity to stop and admire the views.
*Upon talking to some of the locals who have hiked this trail before we were told that it was possible to hike from the trail head to the first campsite at Mill Brook, at LOW TIDE ONLY. We did not do this but were told that it cut off at least half the hiking time and two of the worst hills. Attempt this at your own risk, and make sure you are aware of the tide tables. Remember the Bay of Fundy has the world's highest tides.*
The hike can be done as either a clockwise or a counter clockwise loop. A counter clockwise loop is thought to be a little easier. The trail can be shortened by approximately 3km by travelling along the beach from Red Rocks to McGahey Brook at the beginning and end of the loop (instead of taking the Fundy Ridge Trail). The beach walk can be done at any time except at full high tide and half an hour on either side. A short wait may sometimes be necessary to take this option.
Campsites are located at several locations along the length of the trail. These are at Mill Brook, Refugee Cove, Little Bald Rock, Big Bald Rock, Keyhole Brook, Seal Cove and Eatonville.
See www.capechignecto.net for tons more info.
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