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CAPE CHIGNECTO TRAIL


A multi-day trek along the worlds highest tides!

Cape Chignecto Trail is a 51 km (32 mile) trek in Eastern Canada. Hike to the top of dramatic rock formations and towering cliffs overlooking sandy beaches tinged with red. As is a necessity with most coastal hiking, you have to sometimes to leave the coast. Find your way through the lush boreal forest where rushing streams intersect the trail and continue cascading down the cliffs towards the ocean. It’s a wonderful sight, wherever you look.
This hike is a truly remarkable experience!

Show up with only your personal gear and let us take care of the rest! Enjoy coffee served to your tent in the morning, delicious home made meals at night, and watch the sun set as you kick back and reconnect with nature.

Dates and Bookings

Adventure Dates 2021:

  • August 10th - 14th
Adventure Rates:
  • Participants:

    CAD $815 + applicable taxes

  • Information package will be given upon registration
  • We value small groups - limited to 6 adventurers
  • This is a co-ed trip

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Itinerary and Gear

Planned Itinerary

  • (Pre-Trip) Day 0:

    Arrive in Halifax, breathe in the ocean air and check out some sights before meeting up with the group at the Trail Shop for 5pm. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions the meeting may be virtual. That evening we will go through our gear, group gear will be distributed, and we'll chat about our amazing adventure. Meeting location is yet to be determined.

  • Day 1:
    We will wake up full of excitement and anticipation. Today will start our hike along the beach before turning inland and exploring the amazing boreal forest! Popping back to the shoreline we will take in the amazing Three Sisters rock formation. We will rest our heads at the Seal Cove where a lookout close to the trail offers the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the ocean – 17.6km, 275m of elevation gain, 275m of elevation loss.
  • Day 2:
    Enjoy your morning coffee, pack your bag, and lace up your boots. Today we are in for a treat and most of the day we stay by the ocean's side. It will be our most challenging day but the panoramic ocean views are worth it! We will spend the night at Big Bald Rock - 9.1 km.
  • Day 3:
    Sleep in and let your body rest. Today is a shorter day, although what it lacks in distance it makes up for in magnificence! Our route will take us past the infamous Cape Chignecto. Here we can watch the waves collide and sea birds ride the air currents. Once at camp we can explore the beach looking for various treasures! Arrr, Matey!!! We will spend the night at Refugee Cove - 9 km.
  • Day 4:
    Today we get to sit back and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. Fuelled by dreams of hot showers, a short jaunt takes us back to civilization. If the tides allow we will enjoy the last km walking along the beach back to our shuttle. We will then sit back and relax as we are transported back to Halifax - 11.5km.
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Level of Difficulty

This trip is designed for those with an intermediate fitness level. Being self sufficient for 4 days will create a heavy pack. You should have the ability to carry ~30 lbs for up to 6 hours with little elevation gain, but over undulating roots and rocks. But don't stress we can help you get physically ready for this adventure!

If you have the fitness level, minimal experience is needed for backpacking; let me teach you!

6 week hiking fitness program      Hiking Fitness Series  

Have questions swirling around, don't hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

 

Gear, Food and Lodging

Included:

  • Backcountry skills learning
  • Wilderness pass for each night
  • Tents for camping

  • Amazingly delicious food from the evening on day 1 to lunch on the last day
  • The expertise from an ACMG Guide
  • An on trail physiotherapist

  • All Group Gear - stoves, pots, food storage materials, water treatment, sunblock, bug spray
  • All Safety Equipment - bear spray, first aid kit, emergency communication device, and tarp

Participants must provide:

  • Accommodations the night before getting on the trail
  • Transportation to the Halifax, NS
  • Breakfast and lunch day 1 and supper on the last day
  • Personal Gear (Can be arranged for an additional fee)
    Personal Gear List  
  • Transportation from Halifax, NS to the trailhead (if closer to the date COVID-19 restrictions allow, we will provide transportation from Halifax to the trailhead)

 

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