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Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail Hiking Guide, Nova Scotia

The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is a spectacular backpacking path in Nova Scotia, providing a beautiful, varied and challenging hiking experience while showcasing the power of the huge Bay of Fundy tides.

This 51km circular trail leads hikers to the top of towering cliffs and dramatic rock formations, overlooking sandy beaches tinged with red.

The ocean backdrops it all, sparkling aquamarine blue in the sun.

A pink sandy beach on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
One of the many beautiful beaches on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

As is a necessity with most coastal hiking, you have to sometimes to leave the coast. The trail meanders through lush boreal forest and over rushing streams.

Some of these creeks continue on and cascade down the cliffs towards the ocean. It’s a wonderful sight, wherever you look.

JR standing on sloped rock in front of Bay of Fundy on Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail in Nova Scotia. The ocean is calm
Checking out the views on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

This post contains our own trip report from hiking the Cape Chignecto Trail plus a hike planning guide. You can skip to the latter via the links below, if you like.

Last updated 2023. There are affiliate links in this post. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Gemma hiking onto a beach on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Coastal hiking at its best on the Cape Chignecto Trail

The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is a 51km hiking loop in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The majority of the route stays close to the Bay of Fundy, providing regular sweeping views of dramatic coastal scenery. The mostly forested path is intersected with short beach and headland sections.

Seven campsites are located along the way, with three cabins and a bunkhouse providing extra luxury for some.

The full circuit is popular to hike as a 4 to 5 day backpacking trip. With two vehicles (or use of a shuttle), it is also possible to hike a 39km version of the trail. The latter is usually hiked as a 3 to 4 day adventure.

Looking across a rocky beach on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Red Rocks beach at the start (and end) of the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

Our experience on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

We hiked the Cape Chignecto Trail in June 2018 and July 2022.

On our first trip, we had zero expectations and were pleasantly surprised by the spectacular coastal scenery and remote location.

We hiked the full 51km circuit over four days, in a counter-clockwise direction. As it turns out, this was a somewhat unusual choice since almost all the hikers were met were travelling clockwise and also chose to skip a significant section of the trail.

The section in question is the forested section between Red Rocks Visitor Centre to Eatonville.

I was aware (from previous trip reports) that a lot of people choose not to hike this section but since we had no second car and were not aware of an existing shuttle service, the only choice we had was whether we should hike it first or last.

We chose to hike it at the beginning, in order to travel towards the coast rather than away from it.

Returning in July 2022, we decided to try the shortened route as mentioned above. We started at Red Rocks and finished at Eatonville, avoiding 12km of forest.

Gemma hiking through a grassy forest on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Hiking through the forest on day one of our 51km hike

Red Rocks to Seal Cove – Day 1

Most of our first day hiking on the Cape Chignecto Trail was entirely in forest.

While the forest section to Eatonville from Red Rocks is not remotely difficult by any means (and does have some pretty moments), I can understand why so many would make the choice to skip.

It is pretty unremarkable compared to the rest of the Cape Chignecto trail. It also made our first day’s distance total to be 19km, which is reasonably high.

My favourite parts of day one? Starting the hike with a walk along the beach, lunch in Eatonville’s sunny meadow, finally spotting the ocean after almost 16km in the woods, admiring the impressive Three Sisters rock formation.

View through the trees of the very red Three Sisters coastal rock formation
The Three Sisters rock formation on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

Camping at Seal Cove

Seal Cove may not have had any seals, but it was a welcome sight that first afternoon.

The campsites are high above the beach itself, which offers a wide stretch of stones and sand bordered by soaring cliffs. A lookout close to the trail offers the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

This was by far our favourite campsite of all that we explored, though we did also have the best weather. Unfortunately, the cloudless blue sky did give way to a freezing June (!) night.

As we later found out, the resulting frost devastated the growth of many crops all over Nova Scotia.

Looking at the sunset from the cliffs at Seal Cove on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Seal Cove sunset

Seal Cove to Big Bald Rock – Day 2

Whether it was the aftermath of hiking the 19km the day before or simply the trail elevation (hear a stream on the Cape Chignecto trail? Prepare to descend and then climb up again), the Seal Cove to Big Bald Rock section was the most taxing for us.

Rocky, slightly pink tinged beach at Seal Cove
Seal Cove beach

You may be surprised to hear it was also my favourite, for the trail stayed on the coast for almost the entirety and the views were fantastic, all day long.

We visited every lookout and admired each ocean panorama. This day also had the best reward, since we had booked the Big Bald Rock cabin for the night.

Gemma standing on rocky headland looking back at Nova Scotia coastline on the Cape Chignecto Trail
Gemma looking back at the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

Overnight at the Big Bald Cabin

The Cape Chignecto trail has three cabins and one bunkhouse en route.

Since we were hiking the trail in the shoulder season, we decided that it would be fun to stay in one for our ‘middle’ (second out of three) night.

The Big Bald Cabin is located a short distance inland, up a short hill. The views from the deck were pretty sweet!

When the rain came in that evening, we felt very cosy indeed, in a warm cabin with ocean views, tortilla pizzas cooking on top of the wood stove and no tent to put up.

I can see why so many Cape Chignecto hikers stay exclusively in the cabins.

views of the forest and ocean from big bald cabin cape chignecto hike
The view from the Big Bald cabin

Big Bald Rock to Refugee Cove – Day 3

Day three was one of mud. Now, we have a high tolerance for mud after hiking Cape Scott a few years ago (one of the wettest places around) so this wasn’t too much of a big deal.

It did, however, reaffirm my choice in bringing my waterproof boots on this hike. Also verified was our decision to hike the Cape Chignecto trail in a counterclockwise direction as soon as we descended the steep, rooty hill entering Refugee Cove.

JR hiking along dirt path with hiking pole with coastal views beyond
JR hiking the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail between Big Bald cabin and Refugee Cove

But I’m skipping ahead. Before that, we visited the famed Cape Chignecto. The Cape itself isn’t much to write home about (a trail of rocks leading out to sea) but we enjoyed watching the waves collide and the seabirds ride the air currents.

View over JR's shoulder of Cape Chignecto - trees, ocean and rocks
JR looking out at the view at Cape Chignecto

The hills of Cape Chignecto

The Refugee Cove campsite is a dark little place in a valley; the real highlight here is the rocky beach a short walk away.

For hikers travelling the trail in the clockwise direction, this would be the first real direct shore access (besides the beginning, if the tides are right).

Arriving pretty early at 3.30pm, we probably could have continued on the last 8km and finished that day. But I’m glad we didn’t, for two reasons.

Views from rocky Refugee Cove beach looking back towards valley with dense forest
On the beach at Refugee Cove, looking back towards the forest where the campground is located

The first is the two hills that follow Refugee Cove. They are pretty tough, no matter which way you hike them. The 200m elevation is gained in a perfect 45-degree angle, straight up (or down). There are no switchbacks here.

There’s no doubt about it, these hills are a slog, and likely a memorable part of the trail for most hikers. I can tell you, however, that they were handled much better with fresh legs and a lighter backpack.

Tent, tarp and picnic table in forested campsite in Refugee Cove campground on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Our campsite at Refugee Cove on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

Cetacean watching at Refugee Cove

The second reason I was glad to stay at Refugee Cove was one of pure chance. The morning of our last day, we chose to eat breakfast on the beach. Even before sitting down and unpacking, we noticed something unusual.

Just offshore, seemed to be a large school of fish, made obvious by water disturbance. Where there is fish, there is often other animals too. In this case, a group of porpoises.

They didn’t hang about long, just long enough for us to see their dorsal fins rise and fall a few times and glide away. Definitely one of the more interesting mornings I’ve ever experienced on a trail!

Small stream cascading in forest on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Mill Brook, between Refugee Cove and Red Rocks

Refugee Cove to Red Rocks – Day 4

With porpoises on the brain, the rest of the trail was easy going. Those two aforementioned hills were the only real challenge, with flat intervals in the forest. There were less coastal views than I expected during this part, but it hardly mattered.

Before we knew it, we were ascending the steps to the beach and walking final couple of kilometres of sand to the Visitor’s Centre. The tide was way, way out and we were able to jubilantly wander the beach and look back at the distance we had come.

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Trio of hikers approaching camera on open section of the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail, with calm ocean in background
One of the most scenic sections of the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

Planning a Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail hike

In this section, you’ll discover everything you need to know to start planning a Cape Chignecto backpacking trip.


The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail can be found in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park in western Nova Scotia, on the edge of the Bay of Fundy.

The main park entrance (Red Rocks) is located just 3.8km west of the community of Advocate Harbour. Parrsboro is the larger regional service center, 45 minutes drive to the east.

Brown curled up snake in the middle of foliage on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
A snake on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail


The main trailhead for the Cape Chignecto Trail is found at the Red Rocks Visitor Centre, 3.8km west of Advocate Harbour. The access to the Red Rocks entrance from Highway 209 is paved.

There is a large parking lot at this trailhead, with a staffed Visitor Centre, picnic area and flush toilets.

All Cape Chignecto hikers need to check in at the Red Rocks Visitor Centre before starting the trail. Staff provide a short safety briefing and provide vehicle permits and cabin keys.

The secondary trailhead for the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is located at Eatonville, about 10km north of Red Rocks – GPS coordinates 45°24’53.1″N 64°53’25.1″W. There is a smaller parking lot here with outhouses.

Note that this trailhead is NOT ‘Eatonville Day Use Park.’ That is a separate entrance to another area of the park.

The Eatonville trailhead can be accessed via Eatonville Road or a combination of Highway 209 and Apple River Road.

Eatonville Road is unpaved, on the narrow side and fairly bumpy. The distance from the Red Rocks Visitor Center is 10.8km. I would recommend a high clearance vehicle on this route.

The Apple River Road is also unpaved but is a maintained two lane road. The distance from the Red Rocks Visitor Centre is 27km.

Peek through view of pink coloured beach on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail, with waterfall on left
We had so much rain on our 2022 that extra waterfalls were spilling out onto the beach!

Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail difficulty

I would class the Cape Chignecto Trail as moderately difficult. The biggest challenge is the consistent elevation gain/loss along the entire route. There are some flatter areas but the path is never very level for long.

To view the trail’s elevation gain and loss, I’d recommend using As well as being useful for research purposes, the maps can be used offline while hiking the trail.

Besides this, other notable challenges are wet terrain (mud, streams) and exposure to the ocean. On a windy day, I can see some of the coastal sections becoming uncomfortable to walk.

Tree with an orange/red trail market attached on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Example of a Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail market

Cape Chignecto trail conditions

In general, we find that the Cape Chignecto coastal trail is well maintained.

The majority is of backcountry standard with steep, rocky and muddy sections. It is necessary to cross small streams and creeks, but rock hopping is usually possible unless there is flooding.

Looking at muddy section of hiking trail surrounded by forest
Mud in early July near Big Bald Cabin

The muddiest sections are found between Cape Chignecto and Big Bald Cabin.

There is the possibility to walk along Red Rocks beach at the start/end of the trail (1.5km stretch), but only when the tide is out.

When the tide is in, there is a 2.6km (153m elevation gain) detour. If you do walk along the beach, be sure to not to miss the exit stairs that lead back to the main trail.

Reasonable phone signal is available throughout most of the trail.

Back view of JR crossing flooded creek, which is surrounded by green foliage. The ocean is visible in the background
Crossing a flooded creek in early July

Fees and permits

While there is no charge to hike any of the trails in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, it is necessary to have a valid permit to stay overnight at any of the campsites, cabins and bunkhouse.

2023 Cape Chignecto campsite fees are $26.70/night. Up to six people can share each backcountry campsite.

2023 cabin and bunkhouse fees are $59.40/night. Up to eight people can share the cabins and bunkhouse. The Arch Gulch and Big Bald Rock cabins can also accommodate four people camping in tents outside.

There is also a reservation fee if you’d like to avoid the chance of disappointment. Reservation fees are $9.00 per booking. More information about the reservation system can be found below.

JR standing next to Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail sign with distances to cabins and campsites
Cape Chignecto trail distance sign in the Eatonville meadow

Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail reservations

Cape Chignecto cabin and campsite reservations usually open in April every year. In 2023, reservations opened on 5th April at 9am (Atlantic Daylight Saving Time).

Reservations can be made via the Nova Scotia Parks reservation website or by phone (1-888-544-3434).

While the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is well used by hikers, campsite availability does not disappear as fast as many other Canadian backpacking trails.

Based on my experience in the last few years, it is not usually necessary to book campsites on the reservation launch day.

Having said that, if you have very specific dates in mind for your trip (and no flexibility), I would suggest trying to secure dates on the reservation launch day, just to be sure.

If you are planning a trip with a big group (3 or more campsites required), I would also recommend doing so.

As for the cabins, I would highly recommend making a reservation on the launch date. Since the cabins are rented on an exclusive use basis, availability disappears much faster than the campsites.

The Eatonville Bunkhouse seems to be less popular than the cabins, but I’d still suggest making a reservation as soon as possible.

Elevated view looking down on pink tinged beach on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia
One of the many lookouts between Cape Chignecto and Seal Cove

When to hike the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

The operating season for Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is usually mid May to early October.

In 2023, the park is open 19th May to 9th October.

The weather is warmest in Nova Scotia in July and August and the trail the driest at this time. June and September can be warm too, but are generally wetter.

We experienced a rare frost while camping at Seal Cove in June 2018. The weather for the rest of the trip was mild, with rain showers as well as bursts of sun.

Our second hike, in July 2022, was sunny, warm and stormy. We experienced torrential rain on day two, which created huge pools of mud on the trail near Big Bald Cabin. Some of the creeks flooded as well.

Looking past chair and picnic table to a sunset through the trees at the Carey Brook cabin on the Cape Chignecto Trail
Sunset views at the Carey Brook Cabin

Which way to hike the Cape Chignecto trail

It is possible to hike the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

We hiked the full circuit in a a counterclockwise direction and were happy with our choice. I think I would have found hiking through the Eatonville forest section on the last day a bit anti-climatic.

In 2022, we hiked clockwise from Red Rocks to Eatonville. While I did still enjoy this direction, I do think that finishing the hike on the beach at Red Rocks is more impressive.

Before starting on the trail, hikers must check in at the Red Rocks Visitor Centre. Luckily, the Centre is usually open long hours in the summer months – 8.30am to 8 pm. Some hikers then choose to park or leave from the Eatonville trailhead.

If you wish to skip the Eatonville forest section but do not have two vehicles, there is a shuttle service run by the Advocate Country Store in nearby Advocate Harbour (reservation recommended, on request only).

View through trees at pink hued sandy beaches on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
The beaches on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail are often stunning

The Cape Chignecto Trail is well marked and maintained coastal hiking path.

Orange trail markers are attached to trees at regular intervals to help guide hikers in the right direction. The path is well defined for the entire route, with directional signs at junctions. There are kilometre markers as well, which help to keep track of progress.

We used as an on-trail navigational aid in 2018 and also in 2022. Download the app and relevant maps before heading to the trailhead since phone signal is intermittent along the path itself.

Silhouette of JR looking out to the ocean at Seal Cove
Sunset at Seal Cove

Where to stay on the Cape Chignecto Trail

Unless you’re a trail runner, you’ll need to stop overnight while hiking the Cape Chignecto Trail.

There are two types of accommodation available – campsites and cabins. Hikers must have a valid permit to stay at any of the campsites and cabins, issued by park staff at check-in.

Backcountry camping

There are nine backcountry campgrounds in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. Seven of these are located on the coastal trail route:

  • Mill Brook
  • Refugee Cove
  • Little Bald Rock
  • Big Bald Rock Brook
  • Keyhole Brook
  • Seal Cove
  • Eatonville

In each of these campgrounds, there are 4 to 11 individual campsites, each usually featuring a picnic table and a flat spot for a small tent.

Each campground has at least one outhouse, plus nearby water (usually a stream/river) suitable to treat with a filter.

Campers should bring their own means to hang food/smelly items to avoid bear and rodent issues.

Our favourite campgrounds were Seal Cove, Big Bald Rock and Little Bald Rock. Refugee Cove is also nice, though the campsites are set back into a dark forest.

Campfires at not allowed at any of the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail campgrounds.

As mentioned, it is necessary to have a permit to camp at any of the campgrounds (it is not a first come, first serve system).

Seal Cove campsite with set up tent and picnic table surrounded by small trees
Our Seal Cove campsite

Trail cabins and bunkhouses

The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail hosts three cabins and one bunkhouse:

  • Arch Gulch Cabin – 8.9km / 44.1km
  • Big Bald Cabin – 22.6km / 30.4km
  • Carey Brook Cabin – 30.1km / 22.9km
  • Eatonville Bunkhouse – 38.9km / 14.1km
Small elevated cabin with sloping roof on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
The Big Bald Cabin on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

The first distance noted is from the clockwise distance from the Red Rocks Visitor Centre and the second is the counter-clockwise distance.

So, for example, the Arch Gulch cabin is 8.9km from Red Rocks in a clockwise direction but is 44.1km along the trail from the counter-clockwise direction.

Due to their convenient locations, it is possible to hike the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail and stay only in the cabins. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to lighten their backpack and/or introduce others to backpacking.

Looking out from behind a deck chair towards the ocean from the Arch Gulch cabin on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
View from the Arch Gulch cabin deck

Cabin facilities

While they may appear basic accommodation normally, these cabins are luxury after ascending and descending elevation with a backpack all day.

Each of the cabins have four wide bunks, a woodstove, a deck and seating. Outside, there is an outhouse and water container (treating the water is recommended).

Carey Brook Cabin interior with wood stove, wooden beams, wooden walls, wooden picnic table
Carey Brook Cabin interior

Since the cabins are pretty basic, you’ll still need to bring almost everything you would for camping (sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking equipment etc). That is, of course, everything but the tent!

The Eatonville Bunkhouse is set up a little differently than the cabins. It provides sleeping space for eight, with a small deck outside with seating.

The cabins and bunkhouse are locked, with the keys issued on registration to reservation holders. So when you book a Cape Chignecto cabin, you have exclusive use of it.

Inside the Big Bald Cabin, with wooden walls, wooden shelf, wooden picnic table and three windows
Inside the Big Bald Cabin

Suggested hiking itineraries

There are many ways to hike the Cape Chignecto Trail. Stay at campsites along the entire route or enjoy the relative luxury of the cabins. It’s also possible to do a bit of both!

Full circuit itineraries

The most popular itinerary for the full circuit is:

Day 1 – Red Rocks to Seal Cove (via Eatonville), 20km
Day 2 – Seal Cove to Big Bald Rock, 9km
Day 3 – Big Bald Rock to Refugee Cove, 9km
Day 4 – Refugee Cove to Red Rocks, 13km

This is the route we followed in June 2018 (with a stay at the Big Bald Rock Cabin in lieu of the campground). It allowed us plenty of time to enjoy the scenery without rushing, and included a number of shorter days for recovery.

Strong hikers (or those in a tight schedule) may consider this shorter ful circuit itinerary:

Day 1 – Red Rocks to Seal Cove (via Eatonville), 20km
Day 2 – Seal Cove to Refugee Cove, 18km
Day 3 –
Refugee Cove to Red Rocks, 13km

Hikers planning to use the cabins and hike the full circuit in a counter-clockwise direction may choose an itinerary like this:

Day 1 – Red Rocks to Eatonville Bunkhouse, 14.1km
Day 2 – Eatonville Bunkhouse to Carey Brook Cabin, 8.8km
Day 3 – Carey Brook Cabin to Big Bald Cabin, 7.5km
Day 4 – Big Bald Cabin to Arch Gulch Cabin, 8.9km

Partial circuit itineraries

For hikers planning to skip the Eatonville forest, a suggested itinerary would be:

Day 1 – Eatonville trailhead to Seal Cove, 7km
Day 2 – Seal Cove to Big Bald Rock, 9km (or Little Bald Rock, 11km)
Day 3 – Big Bald Rock to Refugee Cove, 9km (or 7km from Little Bald Rock)
Day 4 – Refugee Cove to Red Rocks, 13km

This plan would be particularly good for anyone trying out a multi-day hike for the first time as the distances are short.

Alternatively, an alternative three day itinerary for strong hikers is:

Day 1 – Eatonville trailhead to Seal Cove, 16km
Day 2 – Big Bald Rock to Refugee Cove, 18km
Day 3 – Big Bald Rock to Red Rocks, 13km

Hikers exclusively using cabins along the shortened route would follow an itinerary like this:

Day 1 – Eatonville trailhead to Carey Brook Cabin, 7.8km
Day 2 – Carey Brook Cabin to Big Bald Rock Cabin, 7.5km
Day 3 – Big Bald Rock to Arch Gulch Cabin, 13.7km
Day 4 – Arch Gulch Cabin to Red Rocks, 8.9km

This is the reverse of the itinerary we followed in July 2022. Though Day 3 is longer, there are a number of great places to stop (Refugee Cove, viewpoints near Little Bald Rock and Cape Chignecto).

Gemma standing on sandy/rocky Seal Cove beach with backpack
Seal Cove beach was definitely one of my highlights of Cape Chignecto Trail

Equipment we used on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail

On this trip, we both tried out new backpacks. I used the Osprey Aura 65, Jean Robert the Osprey Aether 70.

These packs are a lot larger than what we’ve used previously for hikes of this length. While this amount of space was certainly not needed, the support was much appreciated.

Gemma crossing a creek cape chignecto trail with hiking pole and backpack
Crossing a creek on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail with the Aura 65

For the curious, other outdoor gear we used on this trip included:

MSR Freelite 2 tent 

Rab Siltarp 2 for shelter

Jetboil MiniMo for boiling water

Carbon Z hiking poles (we shared a pair)

Exped Synmat Hyperlite Duo (double sleeping mat)

Our sleeping bags are from MEC – the closest are this one for me and this one for JR

Clothing-wise, we wear a lot of Icebreaker merino wool base layers and socks, plus Prana hiking pants, Arc’teryx jackets and hiking boots by Salomon and Oboz.

For more info and recommendations, check out our Resources page

Jetboil stove on wooden driftwood table on Seal Cove beach, Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail
Cooking dinner on Seal Cove beach

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park hosts one of the few multi-day backpacking trails in Nova Scotia. It is quality over quantity in this case, as the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail provides a beautiful, varied and challenging hike, showcasing the power of the huge Bay of Fundy tides. This is a backpacking trip not to miss!
The Cape Chignecto Trail is a moderately challenging 3-4 day coastal hike in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. The path leads hikers to the top of towering cliffs and dramatic rock formations, overlooking sandy beaches tinged with red. It's a great challenge with awesome rewards! Click here for a full trail guide.
The 51km Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is a unique backpacking trail in Nova Scotia, Canada. As well as travelling through beautiful maple forests, the trail traverses the cliffs and beaches beside the Bay of Fundy (home of the highest tides in the world). Hikers can either stay at backcountry campsites or book into well maintained cabins for this three or four night trail.

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Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Very useful info for us to prepare!


Saturday 8th of July 2023

Very useful info!


Monday 10th of July 2023

Thanks for letting us know Melissa! Happy hiking

Katia Johnstone

Sunday 14th of May 2023


Thank you so much for this very informative and detailed post! It is helped me plan my trip to hike Cape Chignecto. In your post you mentioned a shuttle service between Advocate Harbor and Eatonville. I was doing some online research and couldn't find any more information out about this shuttle service. I was wondering if you have any other intel or information on how to find out about times/price?

Thanks so much! Katia


Sunday 21st of May 2023

Hi Katia,

There is not a lot of info around about that shuttle indeed! The last time we heard about it, the shuttle was run by the folks behind the Advocate Country Ritestop Store. I would also suggest that you call the Cape Chignecto office - (902) 392-2085

Stacey lloyd

Sunday 12th of March 2023

Would love a copy!


Monday 13th of March 2023

Hi Stacey,

Thanks for your comment but I'm not sure what you mean :) This post is our Cape Chignecto guide and I hope it is helpful to you!


Thursday 6th of August 2020

Very informative and helpful!