Cape Split in Scots Bay, NS

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Cape Split is an old favourite among Nova Scotia hikers, and for good reason. But this is one trail that has a lot more to do with the destination than the journey.

The hike itself isn’t exceptional. It’s the destination that makes it all worthwhile. At the end, the trail opens up into a grassy field high on top of a cliff jutting out over the Bay of Fundy. You’ll want to make sure your dog is on-leash well before you reach the cliffs. They’re breathtakingly high and steep.

The hike is 1.5 hours (8 km) each way, for a round trip of 3 hours (16 km). For more information about Cape Split, check out this blog post.

How to Get There

From Halifax

Get on to Highway 101, either by taking the Circumferential Highway (NS-111) to exit 2W to route 7 to Hwy 101, or by taking the Bicentennial Highway (NS-102) to exit 4B to Hwy 101.  Continue on Hwy 101 for 77 km. Take exit 11 to NS-358. Follow signs for NS-358 for 31 km, and once you reach the end, turn left onto Cape Split Rd. The parking lot will be at the end. The drive takes about 1.5 hours.

From Blomidon Provincial Park

If you’re camping at Blomidon Provincial Park, Cape Split is only a 20-minute drive away. Drive south on Pereau Road (the main road out of the Park) for 6.7 km. Turn right onto Stewart Mountain Road (it’s a dirt road – don’t be alarmed). At the end of Stewart Mountain Road, turn right onto NS-358 and continue for 9.3 km.  Once you reach the end, turn left onto Cape Split Rd. The parking lot will be at the end.

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