Refugee Cove Trail – Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

  • 1108 West Advocate Road
  • Dates: May 15, 2024 - October 12, 2024
  • Hours: Open May-Oct; no winter maintenance. 

This hike has 3 steep hills reaching an elevation of over 200 metres (600 ft). It can be done in a day only by avid hikers who are very fit. An overnight hike to the wilderness campsites at Refugee Cove is a better option for most people. Note: you cannot return along the beach from Refugee Cove. Serious injuries have occurred to people stranded by the tide.

Trailhead: Red Rocks Visitor Centre
Significant Feature: Cobble beach, wilderness campsites and cabin
Length: 24 kilometres (15 miles)
Hiking Time: 1 day
Elevation: 200 metres (600 feet)

Chignecto is a 4,200-hectare natural environment park on a dramatic
coastal peninsula. This park offers
an opportunity to appreciate some of the most pristine natural features
found in Nova Scotia. Towering 185m high cliffs, 29 kilometres (18
miles) of coastline, some of Nova Scotia’s most significant geological
features, deep valleys, sheltered coves, old-growth forests and the
world’s highest tides can all be found here. The spectacular scenery and
the wilderness experience will bring you back time after time.

wishing to enjoy wilderness hiking and camping must use the Red Rocks
Visitor Centre entrance at 1108 West Advocate Road – GPS N45 20.975 W64
49.414. Day-use park visitors must travel the West Apple River Road to
the entrance at Eatonville Visitor Centre. A park or camping permit is
required and visitors must check in and out with the park so that we
know you are safe.

The park season is from the May long weekend through the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

For you comfort and safety:
• The tidal range and steep cliffs may trap unwary hikers. The tide rises and falls at a rate of 1 inch per minute.
• Hiking along the beach west of McGahey Brook is not permitted.
• Approach cliffs only at designated viewing areas. The cliff line is constantly eroding and may be unstable.
• The Cape Chignecto ecosystem is unique and may be fragile. Do not remove or damage plants and wildlife.

No open fires are permitted at back-country campsites. Fires are only
permitted at designated walk-in campsites (fire grills) at New Yarmouth.
• Pack out all garbage.
• Boil, filter or treat all water before consuming.
• Weather may be unpredictable. Bring all-weather gear and comfortable hiking boots.
• Do not approach large mammals such as moose and black bear.
• For your own safety, please stay on the trail.