Nuttby Mountain, Nova Scotia

Nuttby Mountain, Nova Scotia

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.55303°N / 63.22343°W
Additional Information County: Colchester
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 1204 ft / 367 m
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Nuttby Mountain 1204’  367 m is the high point of mainland Nova Scotia. The highest point of the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia is remotely located White Hill on Cape Breton Island. Nuttby Mountain is not remote. Just 3.5 kilometers from the nearest paved road, a maintained gravel road passes close to the summit. 

Nuttby Mountain
Nuttby Mountain from intersection of Old Nuttby Road & Hwy 311

Nuttby Mountain is home to a Wind Farm with 22 wind turbines.  Also near the summit is a cluster of telecommunication towers. Formerly on the summit was a Forest Fire Watch Tower removed November 2013.  You can still see the remains of the concrete footings of the tower on the summit.

Nuttby Mountain
Nuttby Mountain Summit

Getting There

From Halifax, head towards Truro on Hwy 102. From New Brunswick head towards Truro on Hwy 104. From Cape Breton, head towards Truro on Hwy 104. From Truro take Hwy 311 north towards Tatamagouche. The intersection of Hwy 311 and Old Nuttby Road is about 18 kilometers north of Hwy 104. Note, Hwy 311 doesn't have an exit directly from Hwy 104. You'll have to work your way over to Hwy 311 from another exit.  Old Nuttby Road is a left turn (west) from Hwy 311.  About 2.5 kilometers up Old Nuttby Road is a right turn for Wind Energy Road. 

Nuttby Mountain
Looking back (south) Hwy 311 from Old Nuttby Road

Nearest Airport:  Halifax Stanfield International Airport  YHZ  92 Kilometers

Post 9/11, Americans need a passport for Canada travel.  On the return trip, US Customs & Immigration is pre-cleared at most major Canadian airports including Halifax.  Avoid Toronto Pearson Airport YYZ as your last Canadian airport on the return to the US.  I have been stuck in non-moving queues at US pre-clear in Toronto more often than not.


Nuttby Mountain
Intersection of Wind Energy Road & Old Nuttby Road

We chose to park at the intersection of well maintained Old Nuttby Road and steeper but maintained Wind Energy Road. This left us about 300' elevation gain walking about a kilometer up the road. If you choose to walk in from the paved road you will have about 600' elevation gain over about three and a half kilometers. There are designated snowmobile trails on Nuttby Mountain so even in winter you could have packed trail from where ever the plowing leaves off. See my trip report from Oct 14, 2014 for pictures of the route.

Nuttby Mountain
Intersection of old road to summit from Wind Energy Road

Red Tape

There didn't seem to be any access issues for walking up the roads or gaining the summit. The windmills were gated with warning signs for the possibility of falling ice. We did not walk over to the transmission towers so we don't know if that area is fenced.

Nuttby Mountain
Nuttby Mountain Towers

When to Climb

Nova Scotia is usually visited during the summer tourist season.  We hiked up Nuttby Mountain during the height of the Autumn colours. Note that as summer transitions into fall a lot of tourist attractions in the area close for the season.

GPS Coordinates

WGS 84  UTM Zone 20 Latitude Band T  

483933 5041826  lat 45.52979  long -63.20576  595’  181 m  Hwy 311 / Old Nuttby Rd

482631 5043765  lat 45.54721  long -63.22250  887’  270 m  Nuttby Rd / Wind Energy Rd

482626 5043980  lat 45.54914  long -63.22258  988’  301 m  Wind Energy Rd / Old Summit Rd lower

482552 5044192  lat 45.55105  long -63.22353  1071’  326 m  Wind Energy Rd / Old Summit Rd upper

482520 5044394  lat 45.55286  long -63.22396  1163’  355 m  Road near summit

482561 5044413  lat 45.55303  long -63.22343  1186’  362 m  Nuttby Summit

External Links

CalTopo Map,-63.20718&z=14&b=t

Google Map,-63.1990104,13z

NTS Map 1:50,000 Tatamagouche  11 E 11


Mountain Forecast:

Story about the old fire tower that has been removed:

Nuttby Mountain Wind Farm



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