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The East Coast Trail Guide offers maps, photos, and a detailed description of the entire East Coast Trail, including Biscan Cove Path.

Curious? Have a look at the free sample chapter available on iBooks.


Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Biscan Cove Path runs from Biscan Cove to Pouch Cove.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The trail is 7.3 km in length.
  • The north trailhead is just south of Biscan Cove (Biscayan Cove) on Route 20.
  • The south trailhead is at the start of Baldhead Road in Pouch Cove.
  • Hiking out over Route 20 to Pouch Cove, the trail becomes ~11 km in length.
  • Route 20 from Pouch Cove to Biscan Cove is a dirt road that can get pretty bad depending on the season.
  • Check the map for designated parking areas.

At about 7 km in length, this trail may not seem all that difficult at first glance. However, you should keep in mind that its north trailhead is in Biscan Cove, which has no amenities and can be hard to get to by car.

The most likely scenario for a hike on this trail involves starting at the south trailhead in Pouch Cove, following the coastal path up and down the forested hills all the way to the north trailhead, then returning to the south trailhead over Route 20, making the actual hike 11 km or more depending on your choice of exploring side trails and of course Cape St. Francis itself.

An interesting extension option for this hike is Cripple Cove Path, an absolute gem of a trail that offers breathtaking viewpoints. This (currently) unofficial stretch of East Coast Trail is just the start of a much longer trail that’s not quite finished yet.

If the 11 km Biscan Cove Path roundtrip seems like too much of a hike, you can always exit over one of the many access trails between the coast and Route 20. Every area along Biscan Cove Path has its own rewards, just be sure to give the north end of this path a try at least once.

Scenic spots on Biscan Cove Path:

  • Freshwater Falls, which flows over the cliffs before reaching the ocean.
  • Narrow Gulch, located on the new Anvil Rock Loop.
  • Cape St. Francis, the northernmost point of the East Coast Trail.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Biscan Cove Path include blueberries, partridgeberries, crackerberries, raspberries and cranberries.

Photos and stories featuring Biscan Cove Path:

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