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Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail - Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

When you venture along the Coastal Trail, be prepared for one of Atlantic Canada's most spectacular adventures. The views are breathtaking. It can be done from either direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise). A three- to four-day trip will allow time to stop and explore the beaches and viewpoints along the way. The coastal wilderness trail includes physically challenging conditions. Hikers should be physically fit and carry appropriate wilderness travel equipment, including first aid and survival kits. A back-country travel plan must be left with park staff upon entering the park.

Trailhead: Red Rocks Visitor Centre

Significant Feature: Breathtaking views, beach access, wilderness campsites and cabins

Length: 51 kilometres (31.1 miles)

Hiking Time: 3-4 days

Elevation: 150 metres (500 feet)

Cell phone coverage is usually available at high elevations or on beaches.


Cape Chignecto is a 4,200-hectare natural environment park on a dramatic coastal peninsula. This park offers you an opportunity to appreciate some of the most pristine natural features found in Nova Scotia. Towering 185m high cliffs, 29 kilometres (18 miles) of coastline, some of Nova Scotia's most significant geological features, deep valleys, sheltered coves, old-growth forests and the world's highest tides can all be found here. The spectacular scenery and the wilderness experience will bring you back time after time.

Visitors wishing to enjoy wilderness hiking and camping must use the Red Rocks Visitor Centre entrance at 1108 West Advocate Road - GPS N45 20.975 W64 49.414. Day-use park visitors must travel the West Apple River Road to the entrance at Eatonville Visitor Centre. A park or camping permit is required and visitors must check in and out with the park so that we know you are safe.

The park season is from the May long weekend through the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

For you comfort and safety:
• The tidal range and steep cliffs may trap unwary hikers. The tide rises and falls at a rate of 1 inch per minute.
• Hiking along the beach west of McGahey Brook is not permitted.
• Approach cliffs only at designated viewing areas. The cliff line is constantly eroding and may be unstable.
• The Cape Chignecto ecosystem is unique and may be fragile. Do not remove or damage plants and wildlife.
• No open fires are permitted at back-country campsites. Fires are only permitted at designated walk-in campsites (fire grills) at New Yarmouth.
• Pack out all garbage.
• Boil, filter or treat all water before consuming.
• Weather may be unpredictable. Bring all-weather gear and comfortable hiking boots.
• Do not approach large mammals such as moose and black bear.
• For your own safety, please stay on the trail.


Activities: Birding • Hiking

Cell Service: Partial

Core Experience: Outdoor Adventure

Government Level: Provincial

Pets Policy: Leashed

Trail Surface: Natural

Trail Type: Wilderness

Other Info

Directions: Trailhead located at the Red Rocks Visitor Centre.

Related Links


Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail - Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

1108 West Advocate Rd
Advocate Harbour, NS

Open May-Oct; no winter maintenance.

Website: http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/parks/cape-chignecto.asp

Distance: 51
Duration: 96 hours