Day Hiking

Day Hiking

Day hiking is any outing on the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail that does not include an overnight stay. It can be as simple as a leisure walk to a scenic spot or an energetic trek for longer distances perhaps from one access point to another. The “Interactive Map” gives more detailed information on destinations and access points.

Day Hiking the different seasons

Day hiking on the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail can be done during all four seasons but care is necessary. During the spring and fall be prepared for colder, wet weather and conditions that can change quickly. Rising water levels may also be of concern. Please review the section on “Safety” for more information.

During winter it is recommended to only hike (snowshoe) the SNMT on the lower sections between Access A and E close to the City of Bathurst. Beyond these sections the Trail becomes remote and is dangerous both for hikers and the emergency response teams who may be called upon for rescue operations.

Planning your day hike

To avoid problems on your day hike, it is important to properly plan and prepare.

It is vital to know, before you leave, where you are going and for how long and ALWAYS inform someone of your plan who will react if you do not return on time.

Bring layers of clothing, proper boots, food, snacks and water. Always prepare for rapidly changing weather conditions and carefully consult forecasts.

Day hikers are not required to register their hike. Like all hikers, use of the SNMT is done at your own risk.

Trail markers and trail signs

The entire trail is marked in both directions with reflecting Mi’gmaq turtle logo markers. There are also km markers at every 5km. Trail Access points are marked with a turtle logo sign on white background.

Advantages of Day Hiking

  • Less gear to carry.
  • Can explore one section at a time at a leisurely pace.
  • Best way to get in “hiking” shape and learn more about the sport.
  • An opportunity to test your abilities and equipment.

  • (updated April 16, 2022)
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