The 3-day Cape Chignecto Experience is the ultimate sea kayaking wilderness experience as you paddle the whole length of the namesake provincial park, including rounding the dramatically exposed Cape Chignecto.
We put in at the same spot as the day tour, but go further and paddle the park’s majestic coastline for 2-3 hrs until we reach the secluded bay of Seal Cove. Here, we’ll relax on the beach, have lunch, and set up camp. In the afternoon, you have the option of hiking up the escarpment to Green Point (1 h return) for magnificent vistas back to the Three Sisters and across the Bay to Fundy National Park, or you could go out kayaking again with your guide. You land again for dinner on the beach facing west – perfect for the sunset. The tides change the scenery dramatically, and it is splendid to spend a whole tidal cycle by the Bay – have the water almost lapping at your tent’s doorstep and wake up to a huge beach with quite a walk to the water’s edge.
On the second day, we paddle further exploring Chignecto’s magnificent western shore. When the tide is right and the currents have eased off, we round the spectacularly exposed Cape Chignecto that gave the park its name. The coastline gets even more grand here, with Nova Scotia mainland’s highest cliffs, Devil’s Slide, and views of Isle Haute and Cape d’Or. We’re headed for Refugee Cove, named for the hide-out it provided for Acadians fleeing the English in 1755, for another night spent in a truly romantic setting. The picturesque cove is guarded by Old Sal, a bulky sea stack named after a local legend.
On day three, we will paddle along more towering sheer cliffs, colourful rock faces, and interesting rock formations. Soon, the roofs and church towers of Advocate Harbour will come into view, and the red rocks that mark the southern park entrance are visible from afar. We’ll land happy and relaxed in West Advocate in the early afternoon.
The usual group size is 4 to 6. For a larger party or private tours, please contact us directly.