Gaff Point, Nova Scotia
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Gaff Point is ecologically significant as an unspoiled, and undeveloped, spectacularly beautiful headland along a shore that is rapidly being developed. It provides a link between the dune systems of Mosher's and Hirtle's Beach. Hirtle's Beach was designated a Protected Beach under the Beaches Protection Act in 1975. Gaff Point represents a unique, coastal habitat consisting of mixed woods, heathers and grasslands, which is used by local residents for hiking and the enjoyment of nature.
Trail length: 6.5-km loop from the parking lot
Hike difficulty: Moderate. Requires crossing a cobble beach (high tide) or sand (low tide) to reach the trails on Gaff Point.
Amenities on-site: Parking lot on Hirtles Beach (provincial beach), which leads to Gaff Point
Points of interest
- Cross Hirtle’s Beach, a popular swimming spot, to reach the trailhead.
- Trail winds through coastal forest, open heaths and out to cliffs with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Species you can look out for
- common eider
- common loon
- fin whales
- grey seals
- harbour porpoises
- From Lunenburg, travel west on Route 3.
- Turn left (south) on Hwy 332 to Rosebay.
- Turn onto Kingsburg Rd.
- Turn right onto Upper Kingsburg Rd to the Hirtle’s Beach parking lot.
- Walk to opposite end of beach to trailhead.
902-405-4334 or 1-877-231-3552
All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.
When visiting the property, please:
- Respect the wildlife and other visitors.
- Travel on designated paths only.
- Ensure that all dogs are accompanied by their owner and controlled on a leash at all times.
- Refrain from lighting fires or smoking.
- Remove your own garbage, and please pick up after your pets.
- Respect that the property does not permit the removal of any plants or animals.