A person, a pair or a group who plan to hike only during one day on a portion of the trail and not overnight.
A Day hike on the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail can be as simple as a leisurely hike on one section to a scenic spot for pictures, or it can be an energetic hike from one Access point to another.
The 150 km Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail is broken down into Three Zones and 20 individual sections identified by Access Points from A to U. The Access points range from different lengths, difficulty levels, busy and remote. This provides a day hiker with several options that best suits their daily hike plan. (See “interactive map” for more detailed information on Zones and each Section).
Day hiking on the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail can be done during all four seasons with some important guidelines.
Shoulder seasons, spring and fall are indicative of colder, wet weather where conditions can change drastically in a short period of time. High water and cold weather are the factors to plan for when day hiking the shoulder seasons. (See Safety for more information)
Winter day hiking -due to the remoteness of most of the Trail and limited Access to some Sections in winter, it is only recommended to hike (snowshoe) the SNMT on the lower sections of the trail between Access A to E. Hiking Beyond these accesses are dangerous to hikers and for emergency response teams who will be unnecessarily put in harm’s way to rescue a lost or injured hiker.
Statistically most incidents happen on day hikes when hikers have not properly planned and prepared for their hike. Though you are not expecting to spend the night on the trail, it’s vital that you plan ahead and know where you are going and for how long before you leave.
Know what section of trail you are going to, bring layers of clothing, proper boots, food, snacks and water. ALWAYS tell someone what section of Trail you are going to and when you expect to return. Always prepare for the appropriate season by taking in consideration extreme heat or cold. Look at weather forecasts.
Day hikers are not required to register their hike with the Trail Organization so the Trail Organization will not know who you are, or where you are. You are responsible for yourself. Have an emergency contact person. (See Risk Management or Trail user Declaimer)
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.