Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Advocate Harbour

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Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is a Canadian provincial park located in Nova Scotia. A wilderness park, it derives its name from Cape Chignecto, a prominent headland which divides the Bay of Fundy with Chignecto Bay to the north and the Minas Channel leading to the Minas Basin to the east. The park, which opened in 1998, is the largest provincial park in Nova Scotia.LandscapeThe park's landscape is renowned for spectacular shoreline with extensive backpacking trails and scenic day hikes. The highest cliffs in Mainland Nova Scotia are located along the park's southern coast, measuring 200 metres (600 ft). The park occupies 42km2 and has 30km of wilderness coastline with unique geological features such as raised beaches, caves and sea stacks. The complex geology was created by continental collision along the Cobequid fault. The spectacular coastal landscapes of the park make it popular for hikers and kayakers. It also contains several abandoned logging camps, saw mills and the ghost towns of Eatonville and New Yarmouth. A secluded ravine named Refugee Cove was the site where Mi'kmaq sheltered fleeing Acadians during the Expulsion of the Acadians.
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  • We did not have rime to do the entire trail, but hiked about 5 miles in to the cabin and back out again. The first mile or so was on the beach and since we had a very calm day - awesome. Then the hike...  more »
  • This is another park that you could spend days visiting and we only spent one afternoon at. We did a 5km hike along the beach up some massive stairs and up up up a steep hill, lol. Either way you hike...  more »
  • The views along here are just as all along the Bay Of Fundy. Spectacular. Once in the park there is signage to direct you to some cool places but signage along the road is pretty poor. I recommend the...  more »
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  • We just did a short walk from the trail to the beach. It is such a beautiful area overlooking the bay of Fundy. The staff was so approachable and gave us clear briefing of where we are. We had to register our car's plate number for accountability. I find this hiking area safe . Hoping to hike the 52 km. trail next year.
  • A Gorgeous area of the planet! We did the full loop backwoods hike, counter-clockwise over 3 days. The first day of 20km was mainly old growth forest with many streams, hills and valleys but not any real "vistas" for photo ops. stayed Night one at Seal Cove and opted to camp on the beach. Day 2 we hiked ( in the pouring rain ) to Refugee Cove and camped there. Campsites were well marked and relatively clean. All the trail was well marked, a few areas were starting to get a bit overgrown from branched but nothing too bad.. This hike is very challenging with huge climbs and is only recommended for experienced hikers with good cardio.
  • phenomenal ocean views on a 52k loop. challenging, but rewarding
  • What a wonderful park! I walked the Coastal Loop in the off-season. It took me two nights. There are heaps of look-outs along the trail and with a bit of luck you can see eagles, seals and more wild life. The trails are well maintained, the campsites small and inviting. Unfortunately, there are no campfires permitted and there no food-ropes/storages. For hiking, I highly recommend this park over the Kejimkujik.
  • An amazingly beautiful park. There is a 50 km loop you can hike as an overnight backpacking trip and it takes you all along the rocky coast of the cape. I've only done part of it as a day hike, but the section I did had plenty of gorgeous coastal views. (There are also lots of hills, so make sure to keep that in mind when you plan your hike.) One other nice thing is it's not very well known, so you probably won't see too many other people while you are out. We saw only a couple people the entire day we were out hiking!

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