Cape Jourimain Nature Centre has approximately 13-km of trail systems spread across three primary trails, Gunning, Trenholm, and the Lighthouse Trail.  Our trails meander through diverse habitats including mixed forest and shrubland, and provide outstanding coastal views.

To help protect the National Wildlife Area’s sensitive habitats, visitors are asked to remain on trail and follow the ethic of leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but photographs & memories.

Download a high-resolution trail map here.

The Gunning Trail

3 km — about 1 hour at a leisurely walking pace

ATTENTION:Coastal section of trail has been permanently closed due to erosion.

Passing under the 1st arch of the Confederation Bridge, The Gunning Trail trail takes you up the coast of Jourimain Island to a dramatic lookout at Gunning Point — offering spectacular views of the Confederation Bridge along the way.

  • The trail passes through spruce forest and sunny openings full of wild roses.
  • Lookouts over the dunes and brackish marsh provide good opportunities to observe some of the area’s intriguing flora and fauna.

The Lighthouse Trail

2 km — about 40 minutes at a leisurely walking pace

Cape Jourimain’s historic lighthouse awaits you at the far end of this loop trail.

  • You’ll follow the shoreline through fields of bayberry, wild roses, asters, and goldenrods into a young forest of spruce, poplar, and maple trees.
  • Look for shrubs loaded with service berries, as there are sure to be robins and waxwings feeding on them.




The Trenholm Trail

Pink lady's slipper orchid
Pink lady’s slipper orchid

6 km — about 2 hours at a leisurely walking pace

Trenholm is a longer trail that takes you into the heart of the National Wildlife Area as you head across Jourimain Island and follow the causeway to Trenholm Island.

  • Saltmarshes, mature woods, old homestead sites, and beautiful coastal views are some of the attractions of this trail.
  • With a bit of luck you may spot a wild orchid in bloom or catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer.
  • Be sure to plan enough time to really enjoy all that this trail has to offer.
  • There is a lush undergrowth of poison ivy on the southern portion of the trail. We recommend that you wear closed-toe footwear and long trousers when visiting this trail.




Be prepared

  • In early spring, or after a heavy rainfall, some parts of the trails may be flooded.
  • In summer, mosquitoes and black flies can be expected.
  • Our trails are not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Poison ivy grows along some sections of our trails. For your safety, please wear protected footwear and long trousers to avoid contact.

Beach at Cape Jourimain

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