Mi'kmaq legends tell of the mighty Glooscap who created Five Islands and controlled the great tides with his magic. And it's the tides that create experiences that are magically unique. Where else can you walk on the ocean floor at low tide, or experience the thrill of whitewater rafting upriver on the world's largest tidal bore? Welcome to the Glooscap Trail.
One look at the Glooscap Trail is enough to convince visitors that, in fact, a mighty native ruler did shape and form this scenic route, as legend says. Indeed, there are few places in the world where visitors can watch a river flow backwards, witness the world’s highest tides, stroll along the bottom of the sea, look at fossils and semi-precious stones, and visit a tribute to an international singing star - all within minutes of each other.
The Glooscap Trail follows the spectacular shore of the Minas Basin, whose nutrient-rich waters create an ecological diversity that make it one of North America's great natural treasures. Here you can explore pristine beaches where agates and sparkling amethysts are the gifts of the waves. Hike a deep forest trail to a cascading waterfall, or enjoy the endless view from high atop towering seacliffs. This is a land where eagles and osprey soar, where moose graze in quiet marshes and fall migrations bring hundreds of thousands of shorebirds.