Cape Jourimain has approximately 12-km of trails, which meander through diverse habitats including mixed forest , old-field, and shrubland. They also provide outstanding views of the surrounding coast.

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.

Gunning Trail – 3 km

Attention! Coastal loop has been permanently closed!

Passing under the 1st arch of the Confederation Bridge, Gunning Trail takes you up the coast of Jourimain Island to a dramatic look-off 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.
  • Look-offs over coastal dunes and brackish marshes provide great opportunities for viewing wildlife.

Lighthouse Trail – 2 km

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

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

Trenholm Trail – 6 km

A longer trail that takes you into the heart of the National Wildlife Area.

  • Salt marshes, a mature forest, old homesteads, and beautiful coastal views are some of the main features 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 hiking this trail.

Download a high-resolution trail map here


Be prepared

  • In early spring, or after a heavy rainfall, some parts of the trails may be flooded.
  • 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.

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