The cliff at Sandy Cove is known as “The Mountain” by locals, and offers some interesting climbing on solid basalt. To date, only a limited amount of development has taken place, but there are a few crack lines and top-roping routes established, with opportunity for more routes in the future. The cliff is broken into two sections: The Warm-up Wall to the west (up to 10 metres high) and the Main Wall on the east (up to 30 metres high).
How to get there
From Digby, follow Route 217 west towards Digby Neck. About 10 km past the turn-off for Trout Cove (Centreville) you will enter the community of Sandy Cove. As you come down the hill you will see a large cove on the left (East Sandy Cove) and if you look back to your right you will see the cliff (Mount Shubley).
Just past house #6555 (about 1/3 down the hill), look for a narrow grassy driveway on the right hand side. This is a private drive and goes past a while house with a red roof (set back from the road about 50m) and eventually arrives at a red cottage. It might be o.k. to use the driveway and to park in the large grassy area alongside it (ask permission first), but it would probably be more appropriate to park at the restaurant located 200 metres further down the highway and then walk in.
As you walk along the grassy driveway/road you will reach a small wooden bridge. A hundred metres past this point (after the driveway bends right and starts to bend back let again) take an ATV trail on your right (a buoy hangs in a tree on the trail as a marker) that leads into a cleared hillside. Follow this meandering trail for ten minutes to the top of the cliff. Note: if you stay on the driveway you will come to a summer cottage (red cabin). If people are there, ask permission before climbing at the cliff.
A trail from the top of the cliff leads down a cool, narrow rock gully to reach the Main Wall. From the top of the gully, look for a faint trail on the right (when facing out from the cliff) that goes down a slope to access the Warm-Up Wall.