Hiker Healing – Hiking Cape Chignecto Trail, Nova Scotia

“What kind of mean little demons have been looking into your life and saying, “What are your plans for next month – or next summer?” Oswald Chambers

Spent much of my life planning things. As you can see, I am taking a break from planning things for others benefit, and taking a little time for my own physical, emotional and spiritual health.

“The researchers noted that increased urbanization closely correlates with increased instances of depression and other mental illness. Taking the time to regularly remove ourselves from urban settings and spend more time in nature can greatly benefit our psychological (and physical) well-being.” (Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes our Brains: Alanna Ketler)

Hiking fits this goal perfectly. I need the health and changed brain.

“All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world’s wildernesses I first should wander.”(John Muir. Yosemite)

There are may great unhardened paths to hike in my own backyard. I can hike about 12 km and not see a person, and the paths and trails are very refreshing. There are also dozens of “official trails” on Prince Edward Island, and I have hiked most of them. I will share more information about each one as I re-hike them over the summer.

As I have already stated in another story,  is how the Confederation Trail taught me I can do it. 300 km can be accomplished. As a result of that journey, I now have some wonderful Trails on my radar new Trails,

Here is another on my radar this year.


Fall 2017 – Cape Chignecto Hiking Trail  62KM-  Nova Scotia.

Located in Nova Scotia, at the head of the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world.

The park offers a world class 62 km coastal loop which is rated very challenging. It is recommended to allow a three-night stay to complete the loop. Keep in mind that elevation is a significant factor when planning your trip here. The Chignecto Trail is a coastal hike along some of the highest cliffs on the entire Bay of Fundy.  I drove by the park on a Motorcycle trip one time, I looked up the coast to where the trail begins, and those cliffs are something else.

I am hoping to hike this late summer or fall. I have asked a few people to consider joining me. But will see how much time the East Coast Trail chews up. But I will keep you posted about the plans as they develop.

Here is the Cape ChignectoTrail Map PDF.  Very informative take a look

Here is a blog post form Hiker who did a solo hike.

I was thinking this would be a perfect hike to test our equipment, backpacks, and shoes over three days. But I cannot figure out any way to make that possible with my fishing schedule.

Anyway, I am excited about this bucket list trail as well.

Video of Trail

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina says:

    Hi! If you haven’t done it yet, Cape Chignecto is awesome but definitely challenging. Not so much in technical aspects (there are no ladders or ropes or rock-scrambles), but in sheer steepness of some ascents and descents. It really wears on you! Also a lot of rocks, roots and muddy bits to get around. I did it solo this summer, and it was my first time a) hiking/camping for multiple days and b) hiking Cape Chignecto at all! I did meet people along the way, which was nice because sometimes… it was really nice to be distracted…

    I did it in 3 days, but if I were to do it again, I’d go 4 days. I’d camp earlier than Seal Cove on the second day (we were totally done, mentally and physically before we even hit Keyhole). After a brutally long second day, the third day (supposed to be the easiest) was painful and long as well. Lots of breaks!

    So, if you’re still planning on doing this in the fall, you’re going to love it… but definitely plan for 3 nights. I misread that on the website and I planned for 3 DAYS. Whoops. 4 days would have saved me some pain and would have been more enjoyable! That being said, I loved it (even after all that discomfort!) and I would do it all over again given the chance!

    PS mice may chew through your tent if it rains overnight in Refugee Cove
    PPS Seal Cove has less bothersome night-time wildlife, BUT it’s far chillier because some of the campsites are right on the cliff, not tucked back away from the cove.
    PPPS Have fun!! It’s amazing!


    1. Thank you so much Gina. Great info. I’ll be sure to allow extra time. It’s not looking like I’ll get to it this fall as hoped. Have a great day.


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