Duncan’s Cove

Trail Summary

     Duncans Cove is one of the HRM’s top

coastal hikes, if not the best.  The coastal barrens give way to rugged granite cliffs which are pounded by the surf from the Atlantic Ocean.


     Whales can be spotted in this area in the spring, bringing a pair of binoculars will increase your chances of spotting them, as well as getting a closer look at the shipping traffic beginning or ending their long Atlantic journey. 


     Later in the summer is perhaps the ideal time to do this hike, as it is warmer and drier than the rest of the year. The cool ocean breeze can make temperatures here significantly lower than the mainland.


     The terrain is barren and rugged. In spring and summer it takes on more color and blueberry bushes stretch as far as the eye can see (recommended: Edible Plants of Eastern North America).  The large tracts of barren land, boulders and cliffs  are so vast that no matter where you look, you are struck by the large scale of your surrounding environment. 


     While it is very difficult to get lost due to the barren nature of the land and the easily identifiable foot paths, some of the trail can be tricky footing combined with treacherous drop-offs toward the end of the trail.  There are lots of soft muddy wet areas, so proper footwear is recommended.


     There are two old crumbling WW2 era lookout stations along the way, and 2 light houses visible during the hike.  Total hiking time is about 3 hours or 8km (to the end and back) and it is not a loop.  I recommend giving yourself 4 hours to do this trip properly, because you are sure to make plenty of stops.


     Recommended Reading:  Blog: Duncan’s Cove”.

Coastal exploration at its best

Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult (Terrain)

Setting: Coastal Barrens

Facilities: Small parking area.

Interpretation/Signage: None

· One of the best coastal hikes in Nova Scotia.

· Easy navigating.

· Lots of great areas to rock climb.

· Two World War 1 era lookout stations.

Duncan's Cove, Nova Scotia

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