Follow 700m of coastline and arrive at Northside beach.
Take in beautiful ocean views along the entire route. But be warned, this trail is called High Tide for a reason. Keep on the watch for tidal activity to ensure you have sufficient time to complete this walk. If the tide does come in, you can always loop back to the start point along Bank Road. Also, please be careful if hiking over exposed bedrock as it may be slippery, especially when wet. Monitor trail and weather conditions and dress accordingly.
|Length||3 KM (round trip)|
|Expected Time||1.5 Hours|
What to Expect
The High Tide Trail can be accessed from either the Eastport Beach or the Northside (sometimes referred to as the Northwest) Beach. Hikers can return the way they came or walk back the Bank Road.
The Bank Road walk maybe a little busier but it will provide a different vantage point to view Eastport Bay and give you another look at the town of Eastport.
Both Eastport beach and Northside beach are equipped with picnic areas.
Eastport beach is an absolutely beautiful sandy beach that is very popular with locals and tourists alike; by afternoon on a summers day the beach can be quite busy. It is equipped with toilets, change rooms, rinse station and cook-house. The Northside beach is equally as beautiful but generally less used by tourists. Seal Cove beach is located between the Eastport and Northside beaches and accessible only by walking the trail. It is the less used of all three beaches.
Wild grasses are plentiful on both beaches. A nice surprise as you come off the trail onto the Northside Beach is a field of wild ferns.
Although the bedrock of the Eastport Peninsula is mostly sedimentary, roughly 400 million years ago this was an area of active volcanoes in the Appalachian mountain chain. Glacial activity removed much of the soil and over time these mountains were eroded to create the large hills found in this area today. The beautiful sandy beaches found at Sandy Cove and Eastport were formed by outwash deltas.
While the tides in this area are not severe, visitors should keep an eye on whether the tide is rising or falling. The tide can rise and fall roughly 1 meter (3-4ft) in a tidal cycle.
Parking is available at either end of the trail.
The lesser used beaches, Northside and Seal Cove, provide important environments for nesting birds. In addition to the many seabirds, be prepared to be surprised by eagles flying above. You may also see an occasional fox or catch glimpse of an ice-berg (in-season).