Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

June 15th, 2008

One of the best hiking trails in Nova Scotia outside of Cape Breton Island is a 16km trails called the Cape Split trail. This 4-5 hour hike takes you through a beautiful forest ending at a tremendous overlook into the Bay of Fundy, where you can witness one of the most amazing tidal bores in the world.

Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

Unfortunately for us, we went on a rainy, misty day, so the end of our hike wasn’t nearly as impressive as the hike itself. You can just barely make out the water in the picture below due to the mist being so heavy. Even so, it was quite the feeling standing up on these tall cliffs without any railing or barrier keeping you from falling down below. (I don’t care for heights if you couldn’t tell.)

Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

The trail itself takes you through a beautiful forest, where most of the forest floor is covered with ferns. Fields of ferns fill in any openings between the trees, and lichens and mosses find their home on the trees themselves.

Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

Hardwoods dominate much of this forest, even though pines are present in some areas. The air throughout the trail smells “forest fresh,” partly from the misty sea breeze, and partly from the smell of the forest itself.

Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

Many of the trees had very unique and tangled looking root systems, and looked like multiple trees were growing from the same trunk.

Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

Along much of the trail, Purple Trillium, Trillium erectum, was flowering adding a little bit of color to the forest floor. This flower is not found west of Digby, nor has it been seen east of Pictou County, but it was quite abundant along the Cape Split trail.

Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum)

Finally, my favorite unique tree of the hike was this one below. It reminded me of the trees that Native Americans used to shape to serve as markers throughout their wooded territory.

Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia

After 16km, we were quite hungry, so we packed up, and headed on to find some fresh Digby scallops!

8 Responses to “Cape Split Trail, Nova Scotia”

  1. Phillip Brown Says:

    The mist makes that first picture. I rather like walking in those conditions. No views but a real sense of mystery.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    I agree that the mystery is increased. I think the smells are too, as the air is a bit soupier.

  3. lolly Says:

    what was an amazing hike – so memorable. *ahem* you headed on for Digby scallops 😛

  4. Patty Says:

    We were in NS last week as well, although we didn’t make it to Cape Split. Love your pictures, though. The colors are amazing. What a beautiful place!

  5. guitarfish Says:

    Patty, isn’t NS an amazing place? Thanks for your comment!

  6. Jim Says:


    Sounds like you had a great time.

    I really miss Digby scallops, especially washed down with a fresh Canadian Molson, or Moosehead. None of this American “near beer”.


  7. guitarfish Says:

    We did… I liked a few of the Red Ales I tried.. Alexander Keith’s and Barrington I think.

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