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Map RecordAntigonish Hiking & Biking Trails Association

Map RecordAntigonish Hiking & Biking Trails AssociationAntigonish County Antigonish County We help to manage trails and promote use of our trails system throughout Antigonish County. 
 

Map RecordAntigonish Landing Trail

Map RecordAntigonish Landing TrailAntigonish Landing Antigonish County The Antigonish Landing trail offers pleasant views of farmland and hills across the waterway. A new subdivision was built alongside the trail, which still has many forested areas intact. At the end of the trail it may save some time to head back along the highway, but it is not recommended since there are not continuous sidewalks. 
 
Directions: Take Exit 32 or 33 to Antigonish town from the Trans-Canada Highway 104 and continue east along Main Street following the signs to the Antigonish Heritage Museum. Cross the railroad tracks and take Adam street, the first street to the right. Drive past Nova Scotia Power and MacGillivray Fuels Ltd. There is a small parking lot where the road ends. 
 
Use: Walking, Jogging, Biking 
Length: 2.5 km one way, 4.5 km with highway loop 
Type: Out and back, can loop back using highway 
Difficulty: 1B 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: Located in Antigonish 
There are no washrooms available along the trail. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates: 
Longitude: -61.977524 
Latitude: 45.625281

Map RecordAntigonish North Shore Lookoffs

Map RecordAntigonish North Shore LookoffsAntigonish County Antigonish County Three scenic look-offs for visitors to enjoy spectacular views – Arisaig Hill, Cape George, and Ballantyne’s Cove – all overlooking the Northumberland Strait.  Interpretive panels explaining the history and culture of the area are displayed, as well as a picnic area with picnic tables. Day park. 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: N/A 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: 1C 
Availability: Jun 1st - Oct 30th 
Nearest community: 25 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -61.926315 
Latitude: 45.831364

Map RecordArisaig Provincial Park & Trails

Map RecordArisaig Provincial Park & TrailsArisaig Antigonish County Arisaig Provincial Park overlooking the warm waters of the Northumberland 
Strait offers a fascinating window to life on Earth some 443 to 417 million years ago. 
 
One of North America’s most continuously exposed sections of Silurian rock, representing 4 million years of earth history, is found here. These sedimentary rocks are rich in fossils and features that have helped geologists interpret the ancient environment of this area. 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: 1.6 km 
Type: Loop 
Click here for a Brochure of the Arisaig Provincial Park & Trails 
Difficulty: Not yet rated 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 27 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -62.166498 
Latitude: 45.754601

Map RecordBeaver Mountain Provincial Park

Map RecordBeaver Mountain Provincial ParkJames River Antigonish County The park has a small picnic area with beautiful views of Antigonish and Cape Breton Island, as well as a well-marked trail system.   The 6-km trail system offers everything from leisurely paved walkways to fairly challenging unpaved hills – great for cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, wildlife observation or long hikes or quiet walks in the woods.  Park amenities include parking, picnic areas, fresh water taps, vault toilets, rest areas with benches and an interpretive centre with details of the park, its hiking trails and the area’s natural history. 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing 
Length: 6 km 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: 1A - 2C 
Availability: May 20th – Oct 10th 
Nearest community: 20 minutes to Antigonish by car 
No facilities in winter, parking at gate only 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -62.158499 
Latitude: 45.551203

Map RecordCape George Hiking Trails & Day Park

Map RecordCape George Hiking Trails & Day ParkCape George Antigonish County The Cape George walking trail contains a series of loops, all varying in length and difficulty for a total of 33 kilometers. There are beautiful views of the coastline, meadows, old growth forests and cliffs.  There are 3 serviced trail-heads: the School Heritage Museum, Lighthouse, and the Tuna Interpretive Centre. 
 
Cape George Day Park overlooks St George’s Bay in the Northumberland Shore region. The park offers a short walking trail, picnic tables and public washrooms. The beautiful lighthouse and stunning view make this park a serene place to enjoy the majesty of the open ocean, and the uniqueness of the North Shore. It is also a prime spot for photographers! 
 
The Cape George Hiking Trails Association are a group of volunteers who maintain the trails. For updates on events or if you would like to get involved, check out their Website and Facebook Page
 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: 33 km 
Time: 5+ Hours (or do smaller sections for a shorter hike) 
Type: Loops 
Difficulty: Haynes: 4, AVA: 2C - 3D 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 25 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates: 
Longitude: -61.905248 
Latitude: 45.869444

Map RecordChez Deslauriers, Pomquet Development Society

Map RecordChez Deslauriers, Pomquet Development SocietyPomquet Antigonish County The property includes a heritage home (converted to a restaurant), an interpretive centre, and an outdoor stage.  
 
The tearoom is host to traditional Acadian lunches each Friday during the summer months (July and August) and two Lobster Roll Dinners in August and September.  
 
The Interpretive Centre outlines the history of Pomquet from its geological origins, to its ecology and its first inhabitants (the Mi'kmaq), to its settlement by Acadians and its evolution as a community.  
 
The outdoor stage, attached to the Interpretive Centre, provides a venue for local entertainment. 
 
The trailhead for the Pomquet Acadian Trails is located on site. The trail system is a 6 km stacked loop coastal trail with commanding views of George's Bay and Cape Breton Island. 
 

Map RecordCuties Hollow Trail

Map RecordCuties Hollow TrailJames River Antigonish County The hike into the falls follows an old ATV trail and has not been in use by enthusiasts for several years. The canopy cover consists primarily of conifer species (spruce & balsam fir), but as you approach the falls the forest transitions to deciduous species (American beech & sugar maple). Before the stand transition occurs you must cross a stream approximately 3 meters wide. Once across the stream you will travel about another 70 meters before you meet up with the active ATV and snowmobile trail. This section of trail is well maintained, any windfall is cleaned up and the trail is marked with reflective tape. Once you are on the active ATV and snowmobile trail the falls is only a short distance away and you will hear the turbulent waters. There is another footpath approximately 30 meters long that branches off the main ATV/snowmobile trail. This trail is marked with flagging tape and takes you to the top of falls where there is a rope tied between the trees to assist your descent to the bottom.  
 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: 2.5 km 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: 2C 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 25 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates; 
Longitude: -62.170086 
Latitude: 45.623162

Map RecordEigg Mountain: Mountain Biking Trail

Map RecordEigg Mountain: Mountain Biking TrailArisaig Antigonish County At 305 m (1,000 feet) above sea level, is a prominent spot overlooking the Northumberland Strait. This ride climbs to a point just below the summit, offering the occasional view across the water to Prince Edward Island. Although the climb toward the summit of Eigg Mountain is gradual, it does require stamina and sound cardiovascular fitness. Technically speaking, the ride is suitable for all levels, as it follows relatively easy terrain along double-track trails, logging roads, and a short stretch of pavement. The total distance for this loop is 24 km (15 miles). 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking, Biking 
Length: 24 km 
Type: Loop 
Difficulty: Not yet rated 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 27 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
GPS Coordinates; 
Longitude: -62.180236 
Latitude: 45.748901

Map RecordFairmount Ridge Trail

Map RecordFairmount Ridge TrailHarbour Centre Antigonish County 12 kilometers of well-marked trails, 6 loops varying in difficulty, featuring spectacular views of Antigonish Harbour.  See old growth forest, brooks and abundant wildlife.  This trail is suitable for the whole family. 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: 12 km 
Time: 3+ hours 
Type: Loops 
Difficulty: Haynes: 4, AVA: 2D - 3E 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 11 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates; 
Longitude: -61.919203 
Latitude: 45.688495

Map RecordKeppoch Mountain

Map RecordKeppoch MountainAntigonish County Antigonish County ; Highland Region Keppoch Mountain is located on the western edge of Antigonish County and has 300 acres of wilderness to enjoy year round. With over 20kms of multi-use trails the Keppoch really opens the door to awesome outdoor activities like cycling, cross-country skiing, geocaching, trail running, hiking and walking. Included in the trail system is our new accessibility loop so those with mobility challenges can still access the wilderness that the Keppoch has to offer. 
 
Our Mission 
To provide outdoor recreation and education opportunities for local residents and visitors of all ages while working to conserve access to natural wilderness areas and create economic stimulation. We aspire to achieve this mission by constructing and sustaining a network of quality non-motorized trails for all ability levels while incorporating the best of our highland landscapes. We have approximately 300 acres of land under lease or land use agreements and will need to partner with Crown Land Managers for further land access for continued growth. 
 
Positive Action for Keppoch Society (PAK) was established in 2010 by a group of residents and businessmen with a vision of The Keppoch as a outdoor recreation hub for the Northeastern Nova Scotia. Their goal is to encourage recreational use of Keppoch Mountain and promote the natural beauty of the region. Major support for this effort has come from the Town and County of Antigonish, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Federal Governement through ACOA. 
 
The Keppoch Project is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven endeavor. PAK is made up of nine Directors, that creates policy and strategic planning. In the near future, Keppoch Facility staff will manage the day to day operations. 
 
Nearest community: 18 minutes East to Antigonish by car via the TCH from James River Overpass (Exit 30) 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking, Running, Biking, Snowshoeing, Alpine Touring, Nordic Skiing, Accessible Paved Trail 
Length: 15 km 
Type: Trail Network - Looped and out and back choices 
Difficulty: Beginner to Expert 
 
 
 
 
 
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GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -62.114983 
Latitude: 45.545883

Map RecordLinwood Harbour Campground

Map RecordLinwood Harbour CampgroundHavre Boucher Antigonish County The campground has 40 large overnight open and wooded pull-through sites, fully serviced with 30 and 50 amp outlets and Wi-fi internet access. All sites have single post hook-ups. Site washrooms are clean and new, with wheel chair accessibility, and a laundromat and pay showers are available. At the Office, ice and freshly baked goods can be purchased, and there is a book exchange. You can meet other travelers while you toast marshmallows at the common fire place. Pets are allowed. 
Following the heritage/nature trail is a leisurely walk that takes you down to an ocean side picnic park that has small craft access. 
 
Use: Walking 
Length: 0.1 km 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: Not yet rated 
Availability: By reservation - visit website for details 
Nearest community: 5 minutes to Monastery by car 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -61.58495 
Latitude: 45.63643

Map RecordLinwood Heritage Nature Trail

Map RecordLinwood Heritage Nature TrailLinwood Antigonish County 1.5-km heritage/nature trail through woods past historical sites. Trail & Picnic Park 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: 1.5 km 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: Not yet rated 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 18 minutes to Monastery by car 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -61.607301 
Latitude: 45.645654

Map RecordMahoney’s Beach Trail

Map RecordMahoney’s Beach TrailMahoney's Beach Antigonish County A gentle walk along St. Georges Bay and is a popular area for bird watchers and rock collectors 
Use: Walking 
Length: 1.4 km 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: Not yet rated 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 13 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -61.900542 
Latitude: 45.705281

Map RecordPomquet Beach Provincial Park

Map RecordPomquet Beach Provincial ParkPomquet Antigonish County Pomquet is a safe beach with a gentle slope and occasional sand bars. The 200 metre supervised area is located directly off the two boardwalks. The area is marked by red and yellow flags on either side of the beach. 
Change houses, FT, boardwalks, interpretive display. 
 
Check out the Pomquet Beach Profile on the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Page 
 

Map RecordScotia Ferry Look Off/Scotia Trail

Map RecordScotia Ferry Look Off/Scotia TrailMulgrave Antigonish County ; Guysborough County ; Town of Port Hawkesbury A beautiful look-off spot with 1.7 km of maintained trail to explore! 
 
 
 
 
 

Map RecordSentiers Acadiens de Pomquet (Pomquet Acadian Trails)

Map RecordSentiers Acadiens de Pomquet (Pomquet Acadian Trails)Pomquet Antigonish County 6 km of coastal and inland hiking trails along the shores of St. George’s Bay. The trail system is classified as a front-country trail. The trails have a natural tread and are not accessible to wheelchairs. The topography can be classified as a rolling landscape. The inland trail weaves through forests of various ages, including 100-150 year old pine trees. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. 
 
Use: Walking, Hiking 
Length: 6 km 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: Not yet rated 
Availability: Open 24/7, year round 
Nearest community: 25 minutes to Antigonish by car 
 
 
 
 
GPS Coordinates 
Longitude: -61.833333 
Latitude: 45.650000

Strait Area Trails Association

 Strait Area Trails AssociationTown of Port Hawkesbury Antigonish County ; Guysborough County ; Inverness County ; Richmond County ; Town of Port Hawkesbury
 
 
This wonderful system of all-season trails will appeal to both the avid and casual hiker. Discover a wide variety of plants and wildlife as the 10-kilometer trail system winds its way through majestic hardwood stands, softwood forests and along gently flowing brooks and streams. A series of rest areas inviting you to stop and enjoy the surrounding scenery can be found throughout the trail. 
 
Parking is located at Grant's Pond, Crandall Road and the Recreation Grounds. Look for the trail signs at these entry points - with helpful orientation signage featured along the trail system. 
 
The Port Hawkesbury Trail System provides tremendous year-round experience for walkers, hikers, and cross-country skiers. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed within 200 meters of the entrance/exit areas. Please note that the trails are unsupervised and the Town of Port Hawkesbury assumes no responsibility for the safety of trail users.  
 
There is also an opportunity for those who are interested in volunteering on trail development. If this is something that maybe of interest, or to see the progress on our development, please visit the website and sign up.