Shielding St. George’s Bay, the hills of Cape George extend into the Northumberland Strait that separates Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island. Ringed by coastal cliffs up to 100m (330ft) high, the tip of the cape is marked by a tall red-and-white lighthouse, a beacon for mariners since 1861. A 33-km (21-mi) network of hiking trails wanders through the hills and forests of Cape George. Hikes of variable distance are possible, from a short 1-km to the lighthouse to an ambitious loop of more than 30-km (19-mi). A variety of experiences are available, from easy walks at the bottom of a ravine alongside a gentle brook, to rigorous treks over the exposed hilltops approaching the tip of Cape George. There are three main trailheads; next to the wharf at Ballentyne’s Cove (at the Heritage School), and at the Cape Point George Day-use park.
Take exit 33 to Antigonish from Trans Canada Highway 104. Follow Church Street to Main street in Antigonish, from there turn right and follow Rte 337. Traveling about 35kms (21mi) to the park entrance.