Cape Chignecto

2015 Season - May 15 – Oct 12

Visitor Notices: The park is open May 15 to Oct 12 from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Park Info:At Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, towering 180 m (600 ft.) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy, while the world's highest tides lap at their base. Best described as a wilderness park, it has 29 km (18 mi.) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests. The park offers over 40 km (25 mi.) of wilderness trails and remote walk-in campsites.

Please note: There are no drive-up sites in the park; however, there is a community-operated campground 5 km (3 mi.) east of the park.

Refer questions about this park to 902-392-2085. For reservations see link below.

Facilities and Services
Cape Chignecto offers walk-in campgrounds, wilderness cabinw, a bunkhouse and a picnic area.

Campsite locations offer a variety of coastal vistas and appreciation of the unique landscape features
(ravines etc) at Cape Chignecto.(Click Map for larger image.)

Cape Chignecto

New Yarmouth Campground

A system of high quality front country hiking trails (and backcountry trails) connect with these walk-in sites. Several hiking opportunities (coastal; ravine complex; inland; etc.) are readily available using these sites as a base camp.

Twenty-eight walk-in tent sites are accessible from a central parking lot and/or drop off area, situated 300 m and 75 m respectively from the first campsite. A small capacity ( 3 - 5 person ) walk-in group tenting site is situated adjacent to the drop off area. Individual walk-in tenting sites are designed to accommodate extended stays. Campsites are accessed via a multi-use/service trail with centralized pit privies and woodshed, each site has a fire grill and is well buffered from the others.

Backcountry Sites (Hike In)

Sites are only accessible from the trail head at Red Rocks. The coastal trail includes physically challenging conditions. Users should be physically fit and carry equipment appropriate for wilderness travel. Kayaking sites are available at Refugee Cove and Seal Cove.

Wilderness Cabins and Bunk House-

These units offer dry and secure overnight accommodation on the coastal trail (no power or running water). These facilities can be reserved through the toll-free reservation number (1-888-544-3434).

Camping reservations can be made beginning April 2, 2015. See Reservations for details and conditions.

Nearby Attractions

Cape d'Or (12 km)

Port Greville (20 km)
  • Age of Sail Heritage Centre

Parrsboro (45 km)
  • Fundy Geological Museum
  • Ottawa House Museum


Joggins (45 km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Fossil Cliffs & Interpretive Centre

For more information on these and other attractions, please consult the or visit one of the many Visitor Information Centres.

How to Find Us

Follow Route 209 from Parrsboro to West Advocate; from Highway 104, Exit 4 at Amherst, follow Route 2 to Upper Nappan, take Route 302 to Maccan, Route 242 to River Hebert and then follow Route 209 through Joggins to West Advocate. Our civic address is: 1108 West Advocate Road, Advocate Harbour.

Cape Chignecto

Before You Arrive

Cape Chignecto is a backcountry trail and camping experience. Know your capabilities, and come prepared for the time of year and the activities you want to do. Be aware of tide times before your arrive.

The park offers a 52 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.

Safety Precautions

Cabins are equipped with plywood bunks, wood stoves, counter space and a picnic table. Water is available on-site.

Sea kayaking will depend on winds and tidal currents. Camping sites for kayakers are available at Refugee Cove and Seal Cove.

Outhouses are provided at camping areas. In other areas, dig a hole and bury human waste at least 100 metres away from streams and other sources of water.

Along the Trail
The first 12 km to Refugee Cove is frontcountry standard (stairs, steps, railings etc.) The remaining trail is backcountry standard (stepping stones, rock staircases; no infrastructure).

Visitor Centre to Mill Brook – a 6 km frontcountry trail rated easy-to-difficult with a couple of particularly difficult sections. Camping available at Mill Brook.

Mill Brook to Refugee Cove – a physically demanding switchback trail out of Mill Brook leads to an easy 6 km trek to Refugee Cove through maple trees and ferns, while offering a continuous view of the Minas Channel.

Refugee Cove to Big Bald Rock – a 9.1 km trek along some of the steepest cliffs in Nova Scotia.

Big Bald Rock to Seal Cove – a very rugged and demanding 7.9 km trail with coastal views of sea stacks.

Seal Cove to Eatonville – this 6 km hike is a popular day hike. It offers a moderate challenge and features scenery, history and ravines.

Eatonville Campsite to Visitor Centre – This is a 14 km (return) trail providing an inland hiking experience until McGahey Brook where a coastal route leads back to the visitor centre at Red Rocks.

What to bring
Bring equipment specific to your activity, season and location.
Remember, this is a “pack it in, pack it out” facility.

Fire making kit
Water purification tablets
Stove and pot set (bring enough fuel as burning wood is not permitted)
Tent and tarp
Sleeping bag and pad
Biodegradable soap
Signalling device (ie whistle)
Sufficient food and water
Extra clothing
Navigation and communication devices (Cell coverage is usually available on beaches and high elevations; in other areas it may not be available.)
First aid kit
Emergency blanket
Pocket knife
Sun protection
Map of the park (available online or at the park office)

Leave a trip plan with a family member or friend.

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GPS Coordinates

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64°49' 24.08" W

45°20' 58.27" N


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