This is an aggressive hike, there and back, and requires a full day (see the hiking directions below).
Not recommended for young children.
Enjoy walking along the beach searching for amethyst, agate and other amazing rocks! Look for seals, whales, bald eagles, and other animals as you make your way to Amethyst Slide. We’ve seen each of these animals here at some point. The beach is covered in collectible rocks so you will want to stop every 10 seconds to pick one up, but remember you will need to climb back up a 500ft ridge on your return!
GPS Coordinates for parking: N45o18.876′ W64o25.771′
From Hwy 101 or west of Wolfville take Hwy 358 north, past Canning all the way to Scots Bay and beyond. The road will turn into Cape Split Rd. Follow this road along the coast until you come to a parking lot at the very end. This is the parking area for the Cape Split hike which is also be the starting point for getting to Amethyst Cove.
Amethyst Cove Hiking directions:
The directions below are old and from a time before the new parking lot was created. Therefore the directions may be a bit confusing. There is a “shortcut” that exists across the field at the beginning of the field. Our hesitation in mentioning it is that there were “No Trespassing” signs erected at the beginning of the path.
To get to Amethyst Cove requires navigating a maze of trails through the woods. We will provide GPS coordinates to identify the various paths. The hike to the top of the cliff is about 30 minutes. The descent down the 500ft ridge is very steep and you will need to make use of the ropes to assist you. You may want to bring your own gloves to prevent rope burn. We suggest planning your hike to arrive at this point several hours before low tide. Measure your time spent on the beach. Depending on how far you travel the beach, this is a long day of hiking and you will be exhausted on the return trip. BRING LOTS OF WATER!
Follow the Cape Split Hike trail.
Turn right at N45o19.097 W64o26.028 The path will fork and you can take either as they meet up again. The higher path is usually drier.
Turn left on a small path at N45o19.091 W64o25.851
Turn left on a main trail at N45o19.128 W64o25.826
Turn right at N45o19.345 W64o25.889
Turn left at N45o19.357 W64o25.808 This is a small, obscure trail often marked with a neon tie.
You will arrive at the top of the ridge at N45o19.390 W64o25.789
The base of the ridge is at N45o19.459 W64o25.762
Amethyst slide is located approx 3 km east.
- Parking Lot
- Wheelchair Access
- Picnic Tables
- Fire Pits
- Off Leash Area
- Change Rooms