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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  • This is a great adventrue, we always go hiking and one of my favorits spots, easy access and a great hike.  more »
  • A friend recommended this spot after hiking the Dobson. This trail has everything you could possibly imagine. Beaches, waterfalls, breathtaking views, easy parts, strenuous parts, beautiful campsites ...  more »
  • We stopped in at the Red Rocks Visitor Center and, as we only had a few hours, the friendly lady suggested we take the Red Rocks beach trail (as the tide was out) then connect to the Fundy Ridge Trail...  more »
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  • One of the best multi-day hikes in the Maritimes Cape Chignecto Trail makes a 50km loop around the park. Two thirds of the hike takes you along the rugged coast and the closing third through the woods on the eastern edge of the park. Spectacular scenery throughout!
  • I give it 5 stars for its beauty. 5 stars for how well kept it is. 5 stars for getting away from it all...and just being with nature. My wife and I just completed the 52km hike, it was 3 full days. The full meal deal requires some good cardio, and willingness to have sore legs for a couple days! Shorter options are available to you with day trips, or 1 and 2 day hikes as well.
  • Nice park. My son and I went for three days during the week in June very few people on the trail. Beautiful woods on the plateua. Left from Red Rocks and went to Refuge Cove. For me the climbs out of the river valleys were tough but doable and were well worth it (my son had no problem). We enjoyed the place be sure to grab a bite to eat when you come out at Wild Caraway
  • My family did the 12 kilometers hike from the visitor centre to refugee cove in one day, and then came back the next. The trail: For the first section we cut off 1.5 km by going along the beach, and then up the stairs to the main trail. The climbing in and out of the gulches was extremely tiring. Going down into Mill Brook and Refugee Cove was a strait access road, with a 30 or more percent grade. This was the worst part of the trail. On the plateaus in between the coves and streams, were flat sections that were very enjoyable. The campsite: Our campsite was wonderful; RC3. Good flat spot to pitch the tent, shaded, and close to the outhouse. Unfortunately that cannot be said for all the sites, some had broken picnic benches (a luxury to have at all in the backcountry), and no spot for a tent. Best of all, there was a nice clear stream nearby for us to filter our water. Wrap up: Extremely challenging 24k return hike, some decent campsites.
  • 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.
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