Kenomee Trail System

ns-kenomeeThis is a system of river gorge trails that run through the Economy River Wilderness Area in central Nova Scotia. Perfect for a quick overnight trip, the main loop is only 18km, but there are options on the southern end in a couple of side trails to make it longer.

There’s a basic map and info available online, but also note that there seems to be a disproportionate number of videos on YouTube covering this trail.

Grand Manan Hiking Trail

Cliffs at Southwest Head, Grand Manan Island.
Cliffs at Southwest Head, Grand Manan Island.

Grand Manan, population ~2500 (2006) is the largest island in the Bay of Fundy. At about 15km off the coast from where Canada meets the US (New Brunswick / Maine), it’s situated at the mouth of the bay.

Although there is apparently some hiking on smaller islands in the area, most of the marked and maintained trails are on the larger island. There are a network of short trails, primarily on the west side, but the paths can be combined to form “The Red Trail”. From Swallowtail, just around the northern tip of the island, to Southwest Head on the southern end, The Red Trail is about 44km in length.

Saguenay Fjord National Park

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This Québec park straddles a fjord on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River.

While many paths on the north side of the St. Lawrence in Québec tend to be part of the National Trail in Québec (the SNQ), this one appears to be autonomous. It is however close enough to the SNQ to make it’s location convenient for anyone wanting to explore the area for more than a few days.

The park itself appears to have several shorter trails plus some options in wilderness routes, as well as several options for climbing, including one of the more popular via ferrata in Québec.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park

mount_carleton_provincial_park_skyThis park is home to the highest points in the Appalachian Range in New Brunswick. Several trails summit various peaks – there are multiple possible combinations making this a good stop for a single night or multi day hike.

The park is a dark sky preserve area, a designation that limits artificial light pollution – one of only seven such sites in Eastern Canada. It has an excellent dark sky rating of 2 on the Bortle Scale (“typical truly dark site”) making it a perfect path for the night-sky-loving backpacker.

In the east the park borders the Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq River Trail, allowing this to be a possible starting or ending point for that path as well. In the west the IAT-NB passes through the park.

The Fundy Footpath

fundy-tides-comparison4The most dramatic feature of this area – the Bay of Fundy – is something that any potential hiker needs to be familiar with for reasons of safety. Along the coast, tides in the region can be as high as a three story building. The local association has a package available specifically to inform hikers on safe passage.

Read more about the tides in the region at Amusing Planet.

Pingualuit National Park

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It’s unclear if this area is accessible to the individual hiker or if all inclusive packages have to be arranged.

Transport (or hike) from Kangiqsujusaq Village to Pingualuit Park (near Crater) is about 90km.

Details on 70km backcountry loop through conservation area:
~ From Crater To Northern Camp Site at Puvirnituq River = 20km
~ From Northern Camp Site to Western Camp Site along Puvirnituq River to Puvirnituq & Lamarche River Junction = 20km
~ From Western Camp Site, return over land to Crater = 29km