|Cape Breton Highlands National Park|
|Cape Breton Highlands National Park||Ingonish Beach|
The main road through the
park is a broad arc which sweeps from one side of the
peninsula to the other providing two main entrances. In
the northwest enter at Cheticamp in the south east entry
is at Ingonish Beach.
Cape Breton is actually an island (does it qualify if it
has a causeway) so all traffic passes through the Canso
Causeway. From Halifax take the 2 to Truro, then the 104
to the causeway, then follow the 19 if your going to
Cheticamp or the 105 if your entering by Ingonish Beach.
Fishing Cove: Expert, 16km return, linear. The trail is a steady descent from highway 19 (the Cabot Trail on the Cheticamp side of the park) through a deep incision into the plateau, that leads to the beautiful rugged coastline along the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Nestled in the cove, this is a superb campsite and a great hike but if your not in shape, don't forget, its a climb all of the way out.. You can complete this trail in 4 to 6 hours. You must register for backcountry camping in the park. A 1:50,000 topographical map of the whole park is available for a fee from the park office.
Lake of Islands: Expert, 25.8 return, 8 - 9 hours return. The trail is a steady climb from highway 19 (the Cabot Trail on the Ingonish side of the park) to a plateau and the Lake of Islands backcountry camping area. On your way in about 0.4 km into the hike is a path that branches off to a lookoff which is worth the detour. There is no longer a backcountry campsite along the trail. A 1:50,000 topographical map which covers the whole park is available from the park office for a fee.
Cape Smokey Trail: Intermediate, 11km. This is a trail near national the park, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the highlands. The trail should take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Coastal Trail: Intermediate, 11km. Following along the granite headlands the trail gives you views of Neil's Harbour to the north and Black Brook Beach to the south. The trail should take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Corney Brook: Easy, 8km. A linear trail that takes you along the brook of the same name to a beautiful waterfall. The trail should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete.
Franey Mountain: Intermediate, 6.4km, loop. The trail is a loop trail that climbs to the top or Franey Mountainan an over all elevation gain of 366 meters. At the top you will be treated to a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding area making every step of the way worth while. The trail should take about 2 to 3 hours to complete.
L'Acadian Trail: Intermediate, 9.6km, loop. The trail starts at the Cheticamp Campground and climbs steadily several hundred meters to a lookout with a panoramic view of the coastline. It follows Robert Brook for half of its length. The trail should take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Le Buttereau Trail: Easy, 1.9km. This is a self-guided interpretive loop along the coast, where you'll be treated to great birdwatching, nature viewing and if you timing is right spectacular sunsets, but don't get caught out after dark. The trail should take about 40 minutes to complete.
Pollett's Cove: Intermediate, 19km return, 8hours, 366m elevation gain. Once a small settlement, Pollett's Cove is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Pleasant Bay.
Skyline Trail: Intermediate, 7km, loop. This is a spectacular trail that leads you to Headland Cliff, where you often see whales spouting in the distance. Along the trail watch for moose, bear as well as a host of land and sea birds. The trail should take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Tous de Saumon: 13km. This is a spectacular trail that leads you to Headland Cliff where you might well see whales spouting in the distance. Along the trail watch for moose, bear as well as a host of land and sea birds. The trail should take about 3 to 4 hours to complete.
protects 950 sq km of magnificent highlands and coastal
wilderness. Approximately one-half of the world-renowned
Cabot Trail is located within the park.
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