Cape Chignecto is a 9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cumberland, NS. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from June until October.
Just finished a five night, six day backpacking trip on this trail. It can be done in as little as three days. I took my time to see this beautiful coastal trail and met some amazing hikers along the trip. This is by far one of the best backpacking trails in Atlantic Canada. The trail is well marked and has plenty of streams and brooks so you never have to worry about drinking water. Water treatment is required ie: Tablets, water filtration pump. The tent sites are very well placed from the main trail and all have access to running streams to outdoor toilets. The trail can be challenging at times, but never extreme. The trails goes from Beautiful moss covered forests floors to amazing coastal views. This is a must see for anyone looking for minimally untouched wilderness. Simply amazing!
We had a great time just my husband and I. We did the trail in 3 days, two nights. It was quite the workout. Lots of ups and downs. The first day we hiked 20.8 Km. It was the hardest day. Climbing with a full heavy backpack and water. We stayed at little bald rock. Couldn't make it to big bald rock, it was getting late and wanted to setup camp before dark. The second day we hiked 16.09 Km . It was challenging at times, but we were able to have a few longer stops which one included a swim in the cold bay. It was great! We stayed at Seal Cove. Beautiful beach site where guided kayak tours stays overnight. Our third day hike was 22.2 Km.
The hardest day was day one. We say lots of wildlife and slept under the sounds of waves and squirrels chirping.
Our GPS and cell phone died throughout the trail, and off/on cloudy days prevented our solar charger to help us keep a full tracking of our journey.
We plan to do it again soon, but in 4 days,3 nights, so we can enjoy our evenings. This trip was done more as a workout trip, and by 8pm we were dead tired in bed for the night.
Great hike, nice trails, might be rough for beginners, lots of up and down hills some quite steep, views are breathtaking. Went there unprepared, if i go again will def bring tent and sleep 1-2 nights to see as much as possible.