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Mi'kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail

Record #: COT0036
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022
Last Full Update: 25 Oct 2022


Located In Debert
Where To Find Us
1952 Plains Rd
Debert, NS B0M 1G0
Areas Served Fundy Region


Phone 902-895-6385
Contact Tim Bernard, Director of History and Culture, Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

Description & Services

Information October 2022 - Due to the damage from Hurricane Fiona, the Mi'kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail will remain closed until further notice.  
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Wela'lin, Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre
Mi’kmawey Debert is one of the most significant indigenous archeological sites in North America. The site dates back to approximately 11,000 years before present, a time when the last vestiges of glaciers were waning from highland areas of Nova Scotia. Debert Mi’kmawey represents the earliest human settlement in eastern North America. Mi'kmawey Debert National Historic Site is part of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark
Length: 4.4 km loop 
Permitted use: hiking 
Trail surface: dirt path, wood chips, wooden steps, boardwalk surfaces 
Rating: "moderate" difficulty 
Hikers are to follow the obvious path and directional signs. For your safety, please stay on the trail. 
Caution! - Be advised that there is a chance of encountering unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) in this area. UXO is the term for military explosives that were used but failed to function properly or to detonate. If UXO is disturbed, it could function or explode and cause serious injury or death. If you see something that could be UXO, do not touch it! Leave the area and call 911.  
Travel Highway 104, take Exit 13 and continue north (turn right if travelling from Halifax/Truro; left if travelling from Amherst/NB) onto MacElmons Road, then veer left onto Plains Road. The trailhead is on the left, 2 km from Exit 13.