A guide to our favourite hiking trails in this wild and rugged land.
From seaside trails with expansive ocean views, to adventure trails meandering through old growth forests, highland mountaintops, rolling orchards, and pastoral fields; it’s easy to take a walk on the wild side in Nova Scotia. Offering visitors of all skill and energy levels an enjoyable experience, hiking in wild and wonderful Nova Scotia on Canada’s eastern seaboard is an all-year round activity. Here’s a few our our favourite trails.
Cape Split Provincial Park: Considered a coastal landmark overlooking the Bay of Fundy and a popular hiking spot, this 447-hectare natural environment park is located in Scots Bay, Kings County. In addition to hiking, the park offers picnic spots and opportunities to view wildlife and the impressive tidal changes of the Bay of Fundy. The current trail is approximately 4 mi/6.5 km one way (8 mi/13 km. return), with a return travel time of about five hours. Users are advised to stay on the trail, wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing, and carry plenty of drinking water. This is a day-use park, operating on pack-in/pack-out principles. No camping is permitted.
Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail: Located across the harbour from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and known for its spectacular crashing waves and unsurpassed ocean vistas, this trail is not to be missed. Visitors can explore the gentle 1.3 mi/2 km looped trail, watching for shorebirds and fishing boats sailing into the harbour. There are also interpretive panels explaining the area’s history and significance including its flora and fauna. Experienced hikers can follow the rugged shoreline beyond, where the Coastal Connections Trail Association continues to develop the trail.
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail: Part of the Trans Canada Trail and the International Appalachian Trail, this is a 57 mi/92 Km multi-use trail along a former rail bed, stretching from Port Hastings to Inverness on the west coast of Cape Breton Island. Great for long-distance trekking, the easy, flat trail meanders along the coastline, through picturesque wilderness, connecting several communities and attractions that showcase the area’s vibrant Celtic culture. Along the way, you’ll discover active fishing harbours, warm-water beaches, and some of the best live Celtic music on the island!
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