Hiking in Nova Scotia
Breathe in the salt air and explore our extraordinary coastline, from short leg stretches to longer hikes. With seaside trails, backcountry hikes and leisurely strolls, our trails cover a variety of terrain for all experience levels.
Recommended Hiking Trails:
- The Skyline Trail, one of 26 hiking trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park provides an eagle’s eye view of the Cabot Trail, overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
- Cape Chignecto on the phenomenal Bay of Fundy features an easy stroll on the Red Rocks Trail and a more challenging multi-day trek on the Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail.
- Kejimkujik Seaside for amazing coastal hiking with white sand beaches. Or, for an inland experience, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site features everything from several gentle trails to backcountry hiking and wilderness camping on more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of park land.
- Cape Breton Island is a must see in the fall and one of the most outstanding views is from the top of Franey Trail where you can enjoy 360 degrees of the entire canyon and Atlantic Ocean.
- Taylor Head Provincial Park features hikes for new or more experienced hikers, including the short Beach Walk or the longer Headland Trail.
- One of the most popular hiking trails - and easily one of the most photographed - is Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve, a 12km round trip backcountry hike through the forest that breaks open into incredible panoramic views 200 feet above the Bay of Fundy.
- Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail follows the rugged coastline through coniferous forest, the trail provides views of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
- Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park where three white sand crescent beaches lead the way to a 10 kilometre (6.2 mile) hike along Pennant Point.
- Blomidon Provincial Park where over 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) of hiking trails provide views of the Minas Basin and the phenomenal Bay of Fundy tides.