Trails

Twelve kilometres of scenic trails

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Lighthouse Trail

Jourimain's historic lighthouse awaits you at the end of this short loop. Enjoy magnificent coastal views as you meander through old fields and spruce forests. On the way back, you'll follow an old road that served as the original corridor to the lighthouse.

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of the Confederation Bridge, Northumberland Strait, and the Province of Prince Edward Island.

  • Fields of wildflower, including rose, goldenrod, and aster.

  • Spruce forest, one of the few sections of Jourimain Island which was never cleared for agriculture.

Be Prepared!

  • Cape Jourimain has a healthy population of mosquitoes, horse flies, and other biting insects. Bug spray is recommended.

  • For your own safety and to preserve the ecological integrity of the National Wildlife Area, stay on marked trails.

Distance: 2 km loop

Time: 45 minutes

Habitat: Forest, Coast, Old field

Gunning Trail

Gunning Trail takes you on a winding trek along Jourimain Island’s western coast, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Northumberland Strait while passing through old field and dense forest. At the end of the trail is an observation deck overlooking one of Cape Jourimain’s brackish marsh ecosystems.

Highlights

  • Fields of wild rose, which bloom from June - early August.

  • A wooden platform overlooking Jourimain's brackish marsh.

  • A dramatic view of coastal dunes and the Northumberland Strait from the island's northwestern point.

Be Prepared!

  • Cape Jourimain has a healthy population of mosquitoes, horse flies, and other biting insects. Bug spray is recommended.

  • For your own safety and to preserve the ecological integrity of the National Wildlife Area, stay on marked trails.

Distance: 2.5 km return trip

Time: 1 hour

Habitat: Forest, Coast, Old field

Trenholm Trail

Please be advised, Trenholm Trail is currently closed until further notice.

A longer trail through the heart of the National Wildlife Area, offering scenic views of the sprawling saltwater marshes. Weave your way through dense forest while paying attention for old farming equipment.

Highlights

  • Magnificent views of the salt marshes.

  • Old farming relics from the early 20th century.

Be Prepared!

  • This trail has sections of poison ivy. Wear closed shoes and long pants.

  • Cape Jourimain has a healthy population of mosquitoes, horse flies, and other biting insects. Bug spray is recommended.

  • For your own safety and to preserve the ecological integrity of the National Wildlife Area, stay on marked trails.

Distance: 6 km loop

Time: 2.5 hours

Habitat: Forest, Wetland

Winter

Trails are open year-round, but are not maintained between October - May.