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After spending the day at Joggins Fossil Cliffs, an amazing day learning about the UNESCO World Heritage Site, we continued along Hwy #209 south toward Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. A wildness park along the coastline of the Bay of Fundy with towering cliffs and forests. You can camp here, expect a walk-in site or spend the day as we did.
But before we got there, Hwy #209 turns into Shulie Rd., dirt backroad which took us along some beautiful coastal views and places to stop. Turn onto Apple River Rd., for our first stopping point; Apple River Bay. You will find it just after the bridge and just before the sign that advertises kayaking. The tide was out so we had the chance to walk along the beach observing the cliffs and the view of the lighthouse on Cape Capstan, the point of land across the bay.
We caught up to the kayaks at Spicers Cove, also a pleasant place to stop and observe the higher cliffs.
Continuing in, you come to another dirt road, still passable which takes you to Eatonville Day Use Park, in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. Drive to the parking lot where you learn there are 2 hiking trails. We followed Trail Loop 1 – 4, a fairly easy 2.6 km trail with 4 look-off points. There is a second trail showing more look off points which is well marked and both trails could be done in the day for 5.5 kms or 2-3 hrs hiking time.
The 1-4 loop was long enough for us and Chessey & Sadie, our canine girls. They were happy enough with that loop too. The look-offs are worth the walk with each look-off well marked with information. I’ll leave you to find out for yourself, but I did include some pictures to feed your curiosity and explore for yourself.
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This route is done easily in a day with stops along the way, including a lighthouse, fishing boats and at the end a hike to a waterfall. The route is mainly on secondary road along the Bay of Fundy Shore with a good dirt road to return to Hwy #1, Port Royal.
Start the trip in Paradise (no kidding, there really is a Paradise) along Hwy #1 and find your way along secondary roads to Port Lorne, a small fishing village. As you wind your way along the hilly road to dip down toward the village there is an amazing view, in clear weather you can see New Brunswick! Find your way to the small harbour.
Continue along the Brinton Rd. to St. Croix Cove Rd. to your next stop, Hampton and Hampton Lighthouse. The lighthouse is open so you can climb the steep stairs to the top where an electronic light is still active guiding the fishing boats in and out of the harbour. When we were there the tide was out, so we had that unique view found along the Bay of Fundy fishing villages, boats well below the wharf.
Come out of Hampton on the Shore Rd.; this is the road you stay on for the rest of the trip and like its name, you do follow the shoreline with views of the Bay of Fundy most of the way. There are 2 campgrounds along the way if you want to look for a place to camp. Cove Oceanfront Campground is a premier campground for RV’s close to Parker’s Cove. Parker’s Cove also hosts a take-out restaurant, Nautical Seafoods Cafe & Market. We didn’t stop there. However, we did poke around Bayshore Harbour with it’s fishing boats and fishing shacks. One of the shacks was very cute, I’m sure you’ll find it when you look and hope you like cats!
On to Delaps Cove where Fundy Trail Campground and Cottages is located. We just passed through. Do continue along the Shore Rd, now dirt, to head down into Delaps Cove Harbour, for another view of the Bay of Fundy and fishing boats.
We continued along the road and found a small dirt road leading to the Fundy Trail Campground tenting area. We drove through and it is a wildness campsite with only an outhouse, but the sites have firepits and were located by a small flowing creek. However, you do need 4 wheel drive to get up the one steep hill to get out of the area, so if you don’t have that go back the way you came and and look for the sign to head down into Delaps Cove Wildness Trail. The road down is well marked and easily accessible. There are 2 trails and we followed Bohaker Trail through forests, coastline to a waterfall. The hike is well marked with information markers and an easy hike of 2.2 km loop. There is also a second hike if you feel adventures. We were glad we did the hike. The stream leading to the waterfall were shallow and the best time to visit would be the spring where it is easy to see the evidence of water shaping the landscape and the impact of spring run-off.
To get back to Hwy #1, back track a short way from the Wildness Area to the Hollow Mountain Rd., a well maintained and signed dirt road to Port Royal. Now there is a place to visit and so our write up will continue with more explorations for another day.