Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Reserve: Moose Cove Lake (2 Days / 18 km)

Trip Report - Ship Harbour Moose Cove Lake

This canoe route is in Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Reserve, inland along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. While we did an out and back, there is a full loop route in this area that can be done in 3-4 days. Portages are clear and seem to be travelled often. On Oak lake there are a few cabins, some still used and others seem to be abandoned. Moose Cove lake has one cabin on a peninsula in the south east bay.

Trip Completed: September 2023.

Trip Summary

Location: Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Reserve.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki and Wabanaki.

Maps & Resources

Map: Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia Map.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: No reservations are required.

Permits: No permits are required.

Know Before You Go

Season: Spring - Fall.

Cell Reception: Very little, spotty areas.

Water: Drinking water available, as long as it is filtered.

Wildlife: Use proper bear safety when storing food. 

Waste: No thunderboxes at campsite. Launch has garbage cans.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We did not use an outfitter or shuttle. This trip is a loop so you end where you start.

Outfitter: There are many outfitters in the Halifax region. Most are based around sea kayaking. Not aware of any outfitters that rent canoes, other than on-site rentals.

Shuttle: Shuttle wasn't needed

Trip Report

Day 1: Oyster Pond to Moose Cove Lake (6.5 km)

This trip was a last-minute “let's get out camping this weekend” kind of trip. This was our first canoe trip since moving to Nova Scotia so we were looking forward to getting a taste of what Nova Scotia’s backcountry had to offer. We didn’t have too far to drive, only about an hour from Halifax. The put-in at Oyster Pond is a public boat launch with parking for about 10 cars.

As we were loading up the canoe an older gentleman and his grandson were pulling up to the launch in a s...

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