Canada: Nova Scotia
Fundy & Glooscap Hike
Five nights; six days of walks and hikes around the Bay of Fundy. Optional activities include sea kayaking and tidal bore river-rafting.
“Thank you for a great vacation that worked our muscles, included our minds and relaxed our souls. It was great!” - Jan R. & James H.
Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location if necessary.
Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 16:00, day six.
Introductions; 7km (1 hour) walk; and optional 90-minute inner tube float.
Meet your guides in Halifax at 13:00 for transfer to Wolfville. Start with an introductory walk on the Acadian dykes to historic Grand Pré, to see how early farmers controlled the Fundy tide to their advantage. Grand Pré was the centre of Acadian settlement in the area from 1682 until 1755 when the Deportation began. The site is recognized by UNESCO and you’ll have ample time to explore this historical landscape. Afterwards, visit the nearby wineries, and enjoy a refreshing swim or lazy float on an inner tube down the Gaspereau River, through apple orchards toward the sea. D
Blomidon Inn, or
Victoria’s Historic Inn; Wolfville
Cape Split; 14km hike ~6 hours
Hike out to Cape Split along the cliff tops of Scot’s Bay. Linger at “the Split” to contemplate the tidal power from your high perch on a cliff top meadow, or follow the alternative coastal route back to Scot’s Bay. Choose from several dinner choices awaiting you in Wolfville. BL
Up to 6 km hike ~3 hours; Transfer is 3 hours.
Depart Wolfville by vehicle, transferring around the Minas Basin, with a one-hour stop at Burntcoat Head where the world's highest tides have been recorded. Walk on the ocean floor, tide permitting, then continue to Five Islands park for a hike up Economy Mountain and along Red Head. Finish in Parrsboro where you may have the option to attend a live performance at Ship’s Company Theatre. Note that Tidal bore river rafting is an alternative activity today, and is only available when the entire group wants it and tide times are appropriate; call us for more details if you or your group are interested. BD
Gillespie House B&B, Parrsboro
Up to 15km hike ~5 hours. Transfer is 90 minutes.
A short transfer takes you to hike the Kenomee Canyon and Economy River Wilderness Area - a deep river valley carved through mixed mature evergreen/hardwood forests, along cliff edges, to waterfalls, river crossings, and beautiful stairways. The Cobequid Mountains tumble to the sea all along this shore, and Economy Falls is one of the prettiest of many waterfalls along this shore. Finish with a walking tour at the base of Partridge Island to search for gems and fossils exposed by the ravages of the tides, and to enjoy the beautiful pebbly beach with its spectacular wealth of fascinating rocks and driftwood. A half-hour transfer to Advocate Harbour and Cape Chignecto Park, where your retreat tonight is a Lighthouse overlooking the Bay of Fundy, or in chalets tucked behind a beach littered with driftwood, and perfect for an evening fire. BLD
The Light Keeper’s Kitchen and Guest House, Cape d’Or;
Driftwood Park Retreat, Advocate Harbour (Self Guided & Self-Drive tours will lodge here)
Up to 9km hike ~5 hours; Optional sea kayaking available.
Hike along the beach (tide dependant) and up a long steep staircase into McGahey Brook Canyon in Cape Chignecto Park, looping back over the mountain to Red Rocks. From McGahey Brook Canyon there is an option to hike toward Refugee Cove and extend your hike up to 24km (this is a challenging section of trail, recommended for very experienced hikers). You can also choose the alternative, optional sea kayak trip to the Three Sisters. Either way, this area, near the outer end of Cape Chignecto where the land meets the rips and ferocity of the Fundy tides, is known for its fantastic shorelines. Back at your lodge, you might be able to enjoy what some say is one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. BLD
Walking ~4 hours. Transfers 3 hours.
Spend the morning hiking in the Eatonville area, overlooking what now appears to be a beautiful, wild estuary, but was in recent history a remarkably bustling shipbuilding outpost. You will also see some dramatic sea stacks, fissures, cliffs, strands, and the Three Sisters. From there, follow one of Nova Scotia’s quietest stretches of road to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites thanks to the remarkable abundance of rare fossils accessible to anyone walking on the beach. For more intriguing information, visit their website here. Finish with a van transfer back to Halifax in time for dinner. BL
Note about the route:
Explore Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy on an energetic walking holiday. Local guides will lead you to seaside cliffs, hidden waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes.
The Bay of Fundy has tides as high as 50 feet - the highest in the world, and teems with so much life that hundreds of whales gather here to feed every summer. This adventure explores the coast in exciting ways. Begin with a hike along the Acadian dykes built to protect rich farmland from the tremendous tides. Float on inner tubes or swim in sun-warmed water near the small university town of Wolfville. Hike to a cliff-top view over the currents and whirlpools below, and descend to explore pristine beaches where agates and sparkling amethysts are the gifts of the wave-wracked rocks. Follow the shore of Minas Basin to Parrsboro, where Mi'kmaq legends tell of the mighty Glooscap’s magic. From Parrsboro, hike to waterfalls cascading off the Cobequid Mountains, or in Cape Chignecto Park. Take to the water in sea kayaks, for an amazing discovery of the Three Sisters, before a final visit to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently elected to the UNESCO list. This adventure takes you to less-visited parts of Nova Scotia, and teaches you about one of the natural world’s greatest phenomena.
Inn Notes: These are exceptional small inns, gracious in Wolfville, friendly in Parrsboro, and out of this world at the lighthouse. Book early! On the last night, there may not be private bathrooms for each room, although we try to reserve the entire inn for your exclusive use. If you are uncomfortable with this, please discuss it with us before booking.
Maps & Elevations
Before & After
More great hiking is available in Cape Breton.
Add a day or two of Sea kayaking on Nova Scotia's South Shore.
Visit the Halifax farmer's market, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Citadel; all thoroughly recommended.
Contact us for hiking, cycling, paddling, or multisport extensions.
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location if necessary.
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 16:00, day six.
US 1775 C 2095(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, museum and park entrance fees, luggage handling, full-time guide and van support, maps and route notes)
US 1695 C 1995(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, personal daily ground transportation, trail notes and maps)
Self - Drive Cost
US 875 C 1095
(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, relevant notes and maps, car rental recommendations)
US 345 C 435
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.