Designed by local trail builder, Peter Jackson, Cape George Heritage Trails offer 37km of trails with connected loops and linear sections on Cape George peninsula, overlooking St. Georges Bay.  Amazing beauty, panoramic views at various points with elevations up to 600ft. above sea level, the degree of hiking difficulty ranges from easy to challenging.  You may sit beside a natural “Bubbling Spring”, enjoy the water falls, walk along the coast, sit on the beach, enjoy geo-caching or take a rest on benches placed by loved ones thoughtout the trail honouring heritage families. While hiking enjoy the birds singing, the rivers flowing, different flowers that grow wild and the wild life.

The trails are marked and maintained by the North Shore Development Association.  Benches are located at several points along the trail for resting.

The trail consists of: 7 looped trails covering distances of 2-12km, 5 point-to-point trails covering distances of 7-21km, with several walking bridges that cross brooks and streams. 29km of costal trails, 6km of river valleys, 3km along the shoreline. The Cape George Lighthouse is within walking distance.  Trail heads are located at Cape George Day Park, Cape George Heritage School, and Ballantyne’s Cove Wharf.  Maps are provided at all trail heads but are not necessary as the trail is lettered and at each intersection there is a map to guide you. There is something for everyone!



CAPE GEORGE FAMILY HIKE-A-THON will be held on Saturday, 24 August, 2019, from 10AM - 1PM. Join a guided hike, or strike out on your own. Register at the Heritage School on Highway 337. Pledges and donations gratefully accepted! Prizes and food services available. Enjoy the beauty of the Cape on over 30km of freshly groomed trails! Rain date Sunday, 25 August.

 For updates, follow our Facebook page: Cape George Hiking Trail.


Up-coming Guided Hikes

Check back for details in early July. 


  • From New Glasgow

    At Sutherland's River, take exit 27 onto route 245. This scenic stretch of highway winds along the coastline to Malignant Cove. You can proceed on Route 245 directly to Antigonish town, or watch carefully for the left turn onto Route 337 and continue around Cape George into Antigonish.
  • From Cape Breton

    To Route 337. From Highway 104, take Exit 33 (set of traffic lights next to Dairy Queen) onto Church Street and proceed to the end of the street where it intersects with Main Street. Turn right and drive approximately 1km until the road forks; keep left over the train tracks. You are now on Route 337. To Route 245. From Highway 104, take exit 32. Proceed about 1km until you see a fork in the road, keep to the left. At the traffic lights turn left onto Hawthorne Street. Drive approximately 2 km and you will be on Route 245.
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