Cape Split

Cape Split Rd, Scott's Bay, NS

Cape Split One Of Top Hiking Trails In Annapolis Valley

The Cape Split Hike which is situated north of Canning on the beautiful Bay of Fundy coast of Nova Scotia is located North of Canning and Cape Blomidon Provincial Park. The trail is approximately 16 kms return and is a fairly well maintained easy hike for the majority of the trek. There are a few inclines, a few muddy sections (in the wet months), and a few cliffs, but nothing that someone in normal physical condition shouldn’t be able to tackle.

Directions To Cape Split

To get to the trailhead of the Cape Split Hiking Trail, get off of Highway 101 at Exit 11 and drive North on the 358 following signs towards Scott’s Bay. There have also, in recent years, been road signs which specifically mention Cape Split Hike on the route. You will drive around Scott’s Bay and find a small parking lot which gives hikers a place to leave their vehicles. In the summer months, on nice days, this parking lot can sometimes fill up.

Description of Cape Split Hike

Cape Split is a fantastic day trip which offers absolutely spectacular views of one the most famous rock formations of the Bay of Fundy. The hike is 16kms long, which usually takes between 3 and 5 hours depending on your conditioning or speed and is well worth the trip.

There are two separate trails which both lead to the same destination. There is the much easier, more common trail which you can follow by staying right, or there is the less established trail which goes to the left along the cliff. This trail can be more dangerous and should only be undertaken by more experienced hikers. Dangers include high cliffs, constant erosion, and less traffic in the event that something did go wrong.

The trail on the right is by far the more common and is quite commonly taken by bikers, hikers, snowshoers, and cross country skiers in the winter months. There are a few opportunities for ocean views along the walk, and a few sections where you can come close to cliffs edges, but you can complete the hike in a perfectly safe manner even with small children and less experienced hikers. The weather at Cape Split is also sometimes a factor. The temperature during the summer months is often several degrees colder than the rest of the Annapolis Valley. Winds are also usually much stronger, and fog is also much more frequent then in most other places in the Valley.

The final destination of the Cape Split Hike gives some of the best scenery that the Annapolis Valley has to offer. Panoramic views of the Bay of Fundy and its ferocious tides which rip around the rocks as the tides come in and out of the Bay of Fundy.  Have a view below of a video which was taken by the Scotian Hiker as he watched the sun rise from Cape Split. The photos of Cape Split in this gallery are also courtesy of the Scotian Hiker.

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