Cape Chignecto: Red Rocks to Eatonville (4 days / 36 km)

Cape Chignecto - Uninhabited Island of Isle Haute far in the distance

Gorgeous, quiet, and full of harbour seals, Cape Chignecto is the largest park in Nova Scotia. Located at the innermost point of the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world, it makes for a wonderful 3-4 day coastal hike. We were a group of three which included a first-time backcountry hiker! It’s a fantastic gateway to this type of trip, as long as you’ve got decent rain gear, a positive attitude about mud, and strong legs for climbing hills. 

Trip Completed: June 2023

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Red Rocks (Cape Chignecto Visitor Centre) 

Ending Point: Eatonville (Elliot Field Parking Lot) 

Total Distance: 36 km 

Elevation Gain: 2000 m

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights 

Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult. 

Location

Cape Chignecto is located on the Bay of Fundy near the small community of Advocate Harbour, Nova Scotia. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Halifax. 

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: When you arrive at the visitor centre, they will give you a paper copy of this map to preview the route. The trail is incredibly clear and well marked with red reflective blazes and kilometer markers the entire way, so we almost never took out our map. 

Tides: The Bay of Fundy is home to the highest times in the world! The tide rises and falls at a rate of an inch per minute, and changes by an hour each day. It’s important to be mindful of what direction the tide is flowing if you’re exploring the beaches. Route-wise, this is only really important at the beach near Red Rocks (if the tide is high, you will have to hike on the trail instead of the beach, its 1 km longer) 

Campsite Reservations: We made reservations months in advance (we are used to the British Columbia/Ontario booking system!) but when we arrived we saw this was probably not required! With the exception of our nig...

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