Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is as beautiful a park as you will find in Canada. As a hike, and especially an endurance hike, it is no joke. With coastal trails, elevation changes, back country and front country standard trails, this hike will not be for the faint of heart. In fact, this event has been designed to be a challenge so that participants are offered an opportunity to set a goal, work towards it and achieve that goal in a monumental fashion. Given the varying degrees of difficulty, The Big Hike will feature two distinct hikes. The first of which is for those advanced hikers who wish to take the plunge and truly push themselves. Beginning at the break of dawn, hikers will enter the park at the visitor center and make their way along the entire 52 kilometre loop that circumnavigates the park. Choosing the intermediate/beginner route will provide those hikers a slightly less challenging option which will include an "out and back," spanning 24 kilometres, with a turning point at "Refugee Cove." Although the park is often divided into multiple day segments, each hike is designed to be a continuous effort, taking some time to stop, rest, rehydrate and take in the scenery.
You are not alone! Safety is paramount meaning each hiker will have the support of a group of volunteers who will be distributed along the course throughout the hike. Any and all measures will be taken to ensure the safety, well being and enjoyment of each individual participant. Hikers will be briefed prior to the event and have access to open communication with our safety team for answers to all questions pertaining to the details of The Big Hike. This ensures hikers direct their focus to the challenge and the experience that lies ahead.