Trail Descriptions

Introduction

Cape Breton offers an incredibly rich selection of hiking trails and hikeable roads. As the lengthy table of trails below attests, they are found all over Cape Breton Island: in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and some provincial parks, as one would expect; in forested areas where logging roads and fire breaks were constructed; in abandoned or never-settled areas where old roads (often repurposed as snowmobile trails) or cart tracks created by pioneers remain; along the coasts… After sixteen years of trips to Cape Breton, I have not yet hiked every one and, given my advancing age and concomitant slowly reducing vitality, am not likely to do so; I continue to be out and about and explore new trails as I can, even if at a slower pace and with less stamina than in previous years. I have hiked a lot of them, however, and know about more than those I have hiked, if only by reading. At the bottom of this page, you will find a comprehensive list of all of the trails¹ in Cape Breton that I currently know about.

When I started this site, I had hoped to put full descriptions of every hike I have taken in this area of my web site. Its overall organization reflects those hopes, although, to date, I have managed to get proper descriptions for only a few of these hikes posted; I hope to add more going forward, but, as I have discovered to my surprise, I have no more free time in retirement than I had while I was working for a living. I therefore apologize for the sketchiness of the current coverage, but I trust you will nevertheless find information and photos here that are not readily available elsewhere. You may also want to check out the “Discoveries” portion of the annual “News and Discoveries” web pages in this area of my web site; each offers brief descriptions of the hikes that were new to me that year and my reäctions to them. If you have not already checked out my photo essays, have a look as many of them touch on the trails which I hope to eventually describe here in detail. For this purpose, you may find the newly created and still very incomplete essay catalogue very helpful in narrowing your search through the essays to the trails of interest.

I have grouped the trail descriptions by county, as seen in the subtopics links in the navigation bar above: nearly every trail lies within a single county—only the Trans-Canada Trail, in its currently envisaged form in Cape Breton, and the Seawall Trail span multiple counties. You can explore the trail descriptions either by descending to the county level using the links or by browsing the comprehensive list of trails below, which also has links to those trail descriptions now on the site.


¹ I use the word trails here rather loosely; some hikes are, at least for a portion of the hike, along snowmobile trails or gravel roads in the back country, while a few are along unmaintained paths and yet others are at or along beaches and rocky coves.

Format of Individual Trail Descriptions

Each of my trail descriptions begins with a Summary table which, I hope, will be mostly self-explanatory. The following should clarify those points that may not be completely obvious:

The “Condition” section and the information in the descriptions were accurate at the time of writing, but, particularly for trails and gravel roads, their conditions may change from one year to the next due both to the action of the weather (the rains and storms of 2008 were particularly damaging to roads, both paved and unpaved) and to that of man (e.g., logging, trail improvement activities). Where I am aware that conditions have changed from the time of the original report, I have added footnotes to the text to convey changed circumstances. I do not revisit each trail each year, so it is possible that what you find will not be what I did; I would appreciate hearing of any such descriptions that time has rendered incorrect.

If the hike being described occurred after Christmas, 2008, GPS information is included using the notation described here; for most of the hikes I have taken since then, I have complete GPS tracks and full field notes, though, in some cases, a lost pencil or GPS loss of power during the hike has resulted in incomplete information. Google Earth allows me to render the GPS tracks in a very helpful way, but, as I understand them, Google’s copyright restrictions preclude me from posting a screenshot of the result on-line. I will, however, be glad to send what I have to you on request (use the contact link in the footer below).

Following the Summary table, you will find an Extended Description section, which attempts to describe in detail the route the trail follows, together with my impressions and reäctions to the hike along with any events that may have occurred. My goal is to give you some of the flavour of this hike and to provide a good idea of what you will encounter on the trail.

Where an interesting extension to a hike occurs along a trail, a “Side Trail” section describes it. Information about a side trail is not included in the Summary table, though I have attempted to provide information on the distance, climbing, and time involved in the side trail description.

The final section consists of photos that I took during the hike. When I have already written a photo essay that covers the hike, the photos I used for it are not given here; in such a case, this section notes that this is the case and gives a direct link to the photo essay, which should be consulted, as the best shots I had at the time of writing the essay are there and those given here are supplemental ones that offer additional views that were not included in the essay for one reason or another. If no photo essay covers the trail, all the relevant photos are given in this section.

As I hike these trails again in future years, it is my intention to update these trail descriptions with additional information and photos as appropriate. I will be very interested in the feedback you have on these trail descriptions; it is my hope that you will find them both helpful and useful.

List of Cape Breton Trails

The long table below lists, in alphabetical order, all of the trails in Cape Breton that I currently know about; those generally known by two names are listed under each. I have not yet hiked those trails whose names are in orange (or, if a parenthesized fraction follows, only as much of the trail as conveyed by the fraction); the remainder I have completed and know about first-hand. If you are aware of any trail that is not included in this list, please send me an e-mail with a description or a link using the contact address in the footer below.

The Links section contains links to external trail descriptions as well as to other areas of my own web site. All of the links were valid as of 2015 May 16; however, the external links are, alas, frequently ephemeral. Should you encounter a broken link, please let me know at the address in the footer below, as I do not check them frequently. Some sites are sometimes not immediately responsive—be patient and they should respond after several seconds. In some cases, the site does not offer a direct link; when this happens, follow the special instructions in square brackets below the link.

Although they are not Internet links, I have also included references to the relevant pages containing Michael Haynes’ descriptions of trails found in either edition of his Hiking Trails of Cape Breton; these are shown as “H1” for the first edition and as “H2” for the second edition. Unless a trail is included in both editions, check his preface to the second edition, pp. 7-8, for the reasons he dropped the trail from the second edition.

To save space in the table, the following abbreviations are used:

CBHNP
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
CMTC
Cape Mabou Trail Club
H1
Michael Haynes’ Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, first edition, 2002
H2
Michael Haynes’ Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, second edition, 2012
PCAFWA
Polletts Cove Aspy Fault Wilderness Area (north of Pleasant Bay)
Trail Name County Region Links
6014 Road Victoria Cape North Massif [a gravel road Google Maps calls “6014 Road” (search for “6014 Road, Saint Margaret Village, NS, Canada”) ascends from the Bay Valley Road outside Bay St Lawrence to the top of the Cape North Massif (locally known as Money Point Mountain), continues on northward to the communications towers, and eventually ends at the Money Point Lighthouse Trail; this looks like a fine hike even though the road was driveable by car to the communications towers in 2013]
L’Acadien
(Acadian)
Inverness CBHNP/Chéticamp H1: pp. 30-34; H2: pp. 40-44
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Aspy Trail
[also known as the Beulach Ban Falls Trail]
Victoria CBHNP/South Mountain Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Baille Ard Trail Cape Breton Sydney Moosebait trail description
Bald Mountain Victoria North River Wilderness Area North River Wilderness Area description
Peakery web site description
Bald Mountain Guided Hike 2015 June 6
Barrachois Mountain Gorge Cape Breton Barrachois [this trail appears in Moosebait’s trail list without a web page of its own, but with a link to GPS 46°08.035′N 60°26.643′W]
Battery Park Richmond St Peter’s H1: pp. 227-231; H2: pp. 162-166
My 2008 News and Discoveries Description
Battery Park Description
Battery Park Map
Bealach Brèagha Trail
(Beautiful Mountain Pass Trail)
(Trans-Canada Trail)
Inverness,
Victoria
Kenloch, North Lake Ainslie, Kiltarlity, Scotsville, East Lake Ainslie, Whycocomagh 2017 News
Great Trail Map
[click on Cape Breton multiple times until the trail from Kenloch to Whycocomagh comes into view]
Government of Canada News Release
Bealach Scridean
[bɛlɔx skrɑˈdiən]
(Scree Path)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Beaton Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
My 2006 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Beinn Alasdair Bhain
[bɛn ˈælɪsdɛr ˈvæn]
(Fair Alistair’s Mountain)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Note: partly relocated; see my 2011 Hiking News and Discoveries and 2012 Hiking News and Discoveries for details
Beinn Bhiorach
[bɛn ˈvɪɾɪʧ]
(Steep Mountain)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Note: in 2012, the main trail was blocked at the bottom;
use the side trail from the Meadows
Belfry Beach Cape Breton Gabarus [hiked in 2008 and 2016; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Belfry Gut Cape Breton Gabarus H1: pp. 150-155
Ben Eoin
[bɛn jɔn]
Cape Breton East Bay H1: pp. 170-177
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Benjie’s Lake Inverness CBHNP/French Mountain H1: pp. 34-38 Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Beulach Ban Falls
[also known as the Aspy Trail]
Victoria CBHNP/South Mountain Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Big Lorraine Harbour Cape Breton Lorraine My 2008 News and Discoveries Description
Bog Inverness CBHNP/French Mountain H1: pp. 34-38
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Braighe à Bhaird
[brɑɪ ɑ ˈvɑrd]
(Poet’s Ridge)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My 2007 News and Discoveries Description
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Branch Pond Look-Off Victoria CBHNP/Mary Ann Falls H2: pp. 22-25
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Broad Cove Inverness Broad Cove H1: pp. 236-240; H2: pp. 128-181
Broad Cove Mountain Victoria CBHNP/Warren Lake Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Le Buttereau
(Big Hill)
Inverness CBHNP/Chéticamp Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Cabot Landing Beach Victoria Aspy Bay H1: pp. 78-83 Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Campbells Mountain Look-Off Inverness Whycocomagh My Trail Description
Cape Auguet Eco-Trail
(Sentier Écologique de Cap-Auguet)
Richmond Arichat H1: pp. 184-189
My 2008 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Note: in July, 2011, Michael Haynes, author of noted Nova Scotia and Cape Breton hiking books, said here that the trail was “in dreadful state”.
Cape Auguet Road Richmond Arichat [I have no information about this trail other than that a flyer
entitled …on Isle Madame shows a hiking symbol at the end of a gravel road between Forest Cove and Presqu’Île Cove along the southwestern coast of Cape Auguet]
Cape Breton (<⅛) Cape Breton Cape Breton H1: pp. 130-134; H2: 124-127
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Cape Dauphin
(Fairy Hole)
Victoria St Anns Bay H1: pp. 145-149
Moosebait Trail Description
Cape George Richmond Dundee H1: pp. 189-193
Cape Mabou Highlands Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou [The Cape Mabou Trail Club, a volunteer organization, maintains 18 trails on Cape Mabou, each of which is listed separately in this table (search for CMTC).] H1: pp. 252-261; H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Cape Mabou Road
(north end)
Inverness Cape Mabou My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
Cape Mabou Road
(south end)
Inverness Cape Mabou My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
Cape Percé Cape Breton Glace Bay H1: pp. 134-138
Cape Smokey Victoria Ingonish H1: pp. 83-87; H2: 78-82
My Trail Description
My 2007 News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Cape St Lawrence
(Lighthouse Trail)
Inverness Meat Cove/PCAFWA H1: pp. 93-97; H2: pp. 84-87
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
My Cape St Lawrence Photo Essay
Colin Mudle’s Cape St Lawrence Trail Description and Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Trailpeak Cape St Lawrence Trip Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Capelin Cove Richmond Framboise H1: pp. 193-199; H2: 128-132
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
(Trans-Canada Trail)
(Railway Trail)
Inverness Port Hastings to Inverness [This trail, which follows an old railroad bed, has been incorporated into the Trans-Canada Trail; it is divided into five component trails: Ceilidh Coastal Trail, Judique Flyer Trail, Chestico Trail, Mabou Rivers Trail, and Inverness Shean Trail, qq.vv.]
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Ceilidh Coastal Inverness Canso Canal to Chisholm’s Brook (Long Point) [This trail is part of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, also known as the
Railway Trail, and therefore also part of the Trans-Canada Trail, qq.vv.]
H1: pp. 241-246; H2: 192-196
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Le Chemin du Buttereau
(Big Hill Road)
Inverness CBHNP/Chéticamp H1: pp. 39-42
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Chestico Inverness Little Judique Harbour to Southwest Mabou [This trail is part of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, also known as the
Railway Trail, and therefore also part of the Trans-Canada Trail, qq.vv.]
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Chéticamp Island Inverness Chéticamp Island [first successfully hiked in 2007; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
[originally chosen for the 2011 Hike the Highlands Festival, but replaced because it is now badly overgrown; no on-line trail description]
Chéticamp River Beach Inverness Chéticamp My Chéticamp River Photo Essay
Churchview Road Cape Breton Glencoe Mills [first hiked in 2008; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Clyburn Valley Victoria CBHNP/Ingonish Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
[see also Slatey Point]
Coastal (⅛) Victoria CBHNP/Black Brook H1: pp. 43-47; H2: pp. 26-30
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Coill à Bhraighe
[kul ɑ ˈvriɑ]
(Highland Forest)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H1: pp. 252-256
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Corney Brook Inverness CBHNP/Cap-Rouge My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
Cowbay Road Cape Breton Sydney Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Coxheath Hills Wilderness and Recreation Cape Breton Sydney H2: 133-136
Coxheath Hills Wilderness and Recreation web page
Coxheath Hills Wilderness and Recreation trails map
Crowdis Mountain Airstrip
Loop Trail
Victoria Crowdis Mountain My 2016 News and Discoveries Description
Cul Na Beinne
[kuv nɑ ˈbɛneɪ]
(Beyond the Mountain)
(MacKinnons Brook Lane)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Dalem Lake Park Victoria Boularderie Island H1: pp. 170-177
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Delorier Island Richmond Isle Madame H1: pp. 199-203
Devils Hill (¼) Cape Breton Louisbourg area
(west of Highway 22)
My “Fall Colours: 2012 Edition” photo essay and here
Moosebait Trail Description
Eagle Nest Inverness Margarees Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
East Bay Hills
(Ferris Hill)
Cape Breton East Bay H1: pp. 139-144
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Egypt Falls Inverness Scotsville H1: pp. 273-277; H2: pp. 187-190
Moosebait Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Fair Alistair’s Mountain
(Beinn Alasdair Bhain)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Note: partly relocated; see my 2011 Hiking News and Discoveries and 2012 Hiking News and Discoveries for details
Fairy Hole
(Cape Dauphin)
Victoria Cape Dauphin H1: pp. 145-149
Moosebait Trail Description
Fishing Cove
(short, northern route)
Inverness CBHNP/MacKenzies Mountain H1: pp. 47-52; H2: pp. 31-35
Parks Canada Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
[here called the “Ranger’s Trail”]
Fishing Cove
(long, southern route)
Inverness CBHNP/MacKenzies Mountain H1: pp. 47-52; H2: pp. 31-35
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Fox Cove (⅓) Richmond Framboise/Red Cape Moosebait Trail Description
Foxback Inverness Red River Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Franey Victoria CBHNP/Ingonish H1: pp. 52-57; H2: pp. 36-39
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Frenchvale Brook Walking Trail Cape Breton Frenchvale CBC Information Morning Cape Breton segment [audio]
Cape Breton Post article
Freshwater Lake Victoria CBHNP/Ingonish Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Freshwater Lake Look-Off Victoria CBHNP/Ingonish Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Gaelic College Victoria St Anns [no first-hand information; this web page (courtesy of the Wayback Machine archive) says there are “7 km walking and hiking trails” and I have seen notices of guided tours on these trails, but can not now locate them or any other relevant on-line information; I no longer know where this description came from: “Located on the extensive grounds of the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts are a series of numbered trails that travel through the habitats of this vast property—woodland, coastal and historical. A map can be obtained by contacting our office. Trail beds are natural with ravines and road ditches bridged for convenience. Trail lengths vary from 1–3 km and several trails can easily be explored in a morning or afternoon. The forest type is mixed with softwoods dominating. Woodlands trails offer many opportunities for wildlife sightings; historical trails can quench your thirst for local lore; coastal trails offer some exceptional scenery to delight and enhance the hiking experience. Please be advised that many sections of trail can be wet throughout the year. All trails in this system require proper hiking shoes/boots and there are some steep sections. Trails are open year-round.”]
Glasgow Lakes Look-Off (½) Victoria CBHNP/South Mountain [2016: The Parks Canada trail description is no longer on-line and the trail itself, which follows the Mica Hill Trail (still under construction) up to the fourth observation platform, where the two trails diverge, is marked with signs indicating it is “no longer maintained”. No reason is given for its lack of maintenance. I suspect, in 2016 at least, one could rather easily follow the old trail to its end, but I have not made that attempt and do not know that for a fact.] H1: pp. 59-62
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Gleann Sidh
[glɑʊn ˈʃi]
(Enchanted Valley)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Glencoe Farm Inverness Glencoe Mills My 2011 News and Discoveries Description
Gooseberry Cove Cape Breton Little Lorraine My 2016 News and Discoveries Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Grand River Falls Richmond Grand River [hiked in 2007; unfortunately no trail description as yet]
Green Cove Victoria CBHNP/Black Brook Parks Canada Trail Description
Grey Mountain Inverness Meat Cove/PCAFWA My 2014 News and Discoveries Description
Gull Cove Cape Breton Gabarus H1: pp. 150-155; H2: pp. 171-175
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Community Plans for Trail
Gypsum Mine
(Sentier de la Mine de plâtre)
Inverness Chéticamp My 2011 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Trailpeak Trail Desscription
Highland Hill Victoria Iona H1: pp. 247-251
Highland Link Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Highpass Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
My 2006 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Horton Lake Road Inverness Lexington My 2006 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Inverness Beach and Boardwalk Inverness Inverness [hiked in 2008; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Inverness Shean Inverness Blackstone Road to Inverness [This trail is part of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, also known as the
Railway Trail, and therefore also part of the Trans-Canada Trail, qq.vv.]
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Island View Falls Cape Breton Eskasoni Moosebait Trail Description
Jack Pine (½) Victoria CBHNP/Black Brook H2: pp. 26-30; H2: pp. 197-201
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Jigging Cove Brook Victoria CBHNP/Black Brook H1: pp. 43-47
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Jigging Cove Lake Victoria CBHNP/Black Brook H1: pp. 43-47
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Judique Flyer Inverness Chisholm’s Brook (Long Point) to Little Judique Harbour [This trail is part of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, also known as the
Railway Trail, and therefore also part of the Trans-Canada Trail, qq.vv.]
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Kauzmann Trail
(Money Point Gulch Trail)
Victoria Cape North Massif My 2016 News and Discoveries Description
The Kauzmann Trail
Kauzmann Geocache
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Kennington Cove Cape Breton Louisbourg H1: pp. 156-161
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Làirig Na Creige
[wɑrɪg na ˈkrɪkɑ]
(Rocky Hillside)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Lennox Passage Richmond Isle Madame H1: pp. 204-209
Lewis Mountain (western part) Inverness South Lake Ainslie Trails.com Trail Description
Lewis Mountain (eastern part) Inverness Whycocomagh H2: pp. 202-205
My 2011 News and Discoveries Description
My “White Beauty” Photo Essay
My “Fall Colours: 2011 Edition” Photo Essay
My “Early Summer 2012” Photo Essay
Trails.com Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Lifestyles Inverness Lakes O’ Law [last hiked in 2009; unfortunately no trail description yet]
Lighthouse Trail
(Cape St Lawrence Trail)
Inverness Meat Cove/PCAFWA H1: pp. 93-97
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
My Cape St Lawrence Photo Essay
Colin Mudle’s Cape St Lawrence Trail Description and Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Trailpeak Cape St Lawrence Trip Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Little Grassy Inverness Meat Cove Colin Mudle’s Little Grassy Trail Description and Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Little River Reservoir Richmond Lower River Inhabitants H1: pp. 208-213; H2: pp. 149-152
Logans Glen Road Inverness Whycocomagh Bay Waterfalls of Nova Scotia Description
Lone Shieling Inverness CBHNP/Pleasant Bay Parks Canada Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
Lorraine Head Cape Breton Lorraine H1: pp. 161-165; H2: pp. 153-157
My 2011 News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Louisbourg Lighthouse Cape Breton Louisbourg H2: pp. 152-157
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Lowland Cove Inverness Meat Cove/PCAFWA H1: pp. 93-97; H2: 84-87
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
My Cape St Lawrence Photo Essay
Colin Mudle’s Lowland Cove Trail Description and Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Lowland Cove Coastal Inverness PCAFWA H1: pp. 93-97; H2: 84-87
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
My Cape St Lawrence Photo Essay
Colin Mudle’s Lowland Cove Coastal Trail Description and Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Mabou Harbour Mountain Road Inverness Cape Mabou [first hiked in 2007; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Mabou Rivers Inverness Southwest Mabou to Blackstone Road [This trail is part of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, also known as the
Railway Trail, and therefore also part of the Trans-Canada Trail, qq.vv.]
H1: 262-267; H2: 214-217
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
MacArthur Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
MacDonalds Glen Road Inverness Cape Mabou My Trail Description
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
My 2007 News and Discoveries Description
MacEachen Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H1: pp. 252-256
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
MacFarlane Woods Inverness Southwest Ridge H1: MacFarlane Woods Nature Reserve
MacIntosh Brook Inverness CBHNP/Pleasant Bay H1: pp. 62-65
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
MacKinnons Brook Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
MacPhee Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou H2: pp. 182-186
Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
My 2006 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Main-à-Dieu Boardwalk (¼) Cape Breton Main-à-Dieu Main-à-Dieu Coastal Discovery Centre Trail Description
Mary Ann Falls Victoria CBHNP/Warren Lake [first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Marble Mountain Inverness Marble Mountain H1: pp. 268-272
Meat Cove Brook Boardwalk Inverness Meat Cove My Photo Essay
Colin Mudle’s Meat Cove River Board Walk Description and Map
Reöpened in 2012
Meat Cove Look-Off Inverness Meat Cove My Photo Essay
Colin Mudle’s Web Site Description and Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Meat Cove Mountain Victoria Meat Cove My “Fall Colours: 2014 Edition” photo essay and following pages
Colin Mudle’s Meat Cove Mountain Trail Description and Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Mica Hill Victoria CBHNP/South Mountain My 2016 News and Discoveries Description
Parks Canada Trail Description
Middle Head Victoria CBHNP/Ingonish H2: 50-53
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Mi’kmaq Interpretive Cape Breton Louisbourg Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Mira River Cape Breton Albert Bridge H1: pp. 166-170
Money Point Gulch
(Kauzmann Trail)
Victoria Cape North Massif My 2016 News and Discoveries Description
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
The Kauzmann Trail
Kauzmann Geocache
Money Point Lighthouse (⅔) Victoria Cape North Massif H1: pp. 98-102; H2: 88-91
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
Moques Head Cape Breton Main-à-Dieu Moosebait Trail Description
Morrisons Beach Richmond Framboise [first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
H2: pp. 145-148
North Highlands Nordic (NHN) Victoria Dingwall [chosen for the 2008 Hike the Highland Festival; no on-line trail description]
North Highlands Road Inverness Cape Mabou My Trail Description
My 2007 News and Discoveries Description
North River Big Falls Victoria North River H1: pp. 103-107; H2: pp. 92-95
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Trailpeak Hike Description
Provincial Hiking Trails of Victoria County Brochure
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Backcountry Hike” in the pop-up menu]
North River Little Falls Victoria North River Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Oir à Ghlinne
[ɔr ɑ ˈglinjɑ]
(Edge of the Valley)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Old Branch Road (⅔) Cape Breton North Sydney [first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Old Doyles Road Richmond Rocky Bay [first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Peak Tenerife Victoria Cape North Massif [Hike the Highlands Festival 2011 trail; no on-line trail description]
Petersfield Park Cape Breton Sydney H1: pp. 170-177
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Plaster Park Victoria St Anns Bay Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Point Michaud from Doyles Road Richmond L’Ardoise H1: pp. 213-219; H2: pp. 158-161
[first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Point Michaud Beach Richmond L’Ardoise H1: pp. 213-219; H2: pp. 158-161
[first hiked in 2008; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Polletts Cove (⅕) Inverness PCAFWA H1: pp. 113-117; H2: 96-100
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Port Ban (¼) Inverness Cape Mabou [first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Port Hawkesbury Community Inverness Port Hawkesbury H1: pp. 218-222; H2: pp. 206-209
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Portree to Big Intervale Victoria Portree H1: pp. 108-112
Pringle Mountain Richmond South Mountain H1: pp. 223-227
Moosebait Trail Description
Railway Trail
(Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
Inverness Port Hastings to Inverness [This trail, which follows an old railroad bed, has been incorporated into the Trans-Canada Trail; it is divided into five component trails: Ceilidh Coastal Trail, Judique Flyer Trail, Chestico Trail, Mabou Rivers Trail, and Inverness Shean Trail, qq.vv.]
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Red Cape Richmond Framboise [first hiked in 2008; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Red Island Victoria St Anns Bay H2: pp. 101-104
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Red River Look-Off Inverness Pleasant Bay Geocaching Hike Description
Rids An Daraich
[rɪʤ ən ˈdɑrɔx]
(Oak Ridge)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
River Denys Mountain Road Inverness Glendale [I have driven this road often, but never hiked it] H2: pp. 210-213
Roberts Mountain Inverness Pleasant Bay H2: pp. 105-108
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
St Anns Bay
(Little Grappling Beach)
Victoria Kellys Mountain
St Anns Bay
H1: pp. 88-92
My 2006 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
St Peters Canal Richmond St Peter’s H2: pp. 162-166
My 2008 News and Discoveries Description
St Peter’s Abandoned Railway Richmond Sporting Mountain [the one reference I had to this trail is no longer on-line and I have not so far been able to find out any other information about it]
St Peter’s Coastal Richmond St Peter’s My 2016 News and Discoveries Description
H1: pp. 227-231; H2: pp. 162-166
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Salmon Pools
(Les Trous de saumons)
Inverness CBHNP/Chéticamp H2: pp. 58-61
My Trail Description
My 2007 News and Discoveries Description
My Chéticamp River Photo Essay
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Salt Mountain Highlander Inverness Whycocomagh H1: pp. 282-286; H2: pp. 218-221
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Salt Mountain Scout Inverness Whycocomagh H1: pp. 282-286; H2: pp. 218-221
My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Schooner Pond Cove Cliffs
to Northern Head (½)
Cape Breton Donkin H1: pp. 134-138
My 2008 News and Discoveries Description
Seawall Inverness,
Victoria
PCAFWA [this trail does not yet exist, but a serious effort to bring it into being is now underway]
Seawall Trail web site
Second Fork Brook Falls Inverness Margaree Wilderness Area
Forest Glen
Nova Scotia Waterfalls Trail Description
Sentier de la Mine de plâtre
(Gypsum Mine)
Inverness Chéticamp My 2011 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Trailpeak Trail Desscription
Sentier Écologique de Cap-Auguet
(Cape Auguet Eco-Trail)
Richmond Arichat H1: pp. 184-189
My 2008 Hiking News and Discoveries Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Note: in July, 2011, Michael Haynes, author of noted Nova Scotia and Cape Breton hiking books, said here that the trail was “in dreadful state”.
Simons Point Cape Breton Louisbourg [hiked in 2008 and 2013; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
Moosebait Trail Description
Skyline Inverness CBHNP/French Mountain H1: pp. 66-70; H2: 54-57
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Slatey Point Victoria CBHNP/Ingonish Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
[this appears to be an extension of the Clyburn Valley Trail, q.v.; I hiked a good distance past the old gold mine, but I don’t know if I made it all the way to Slatey Point, a name which does not appear on the topographical map (though a Slate Brook is in the general area I reached)]
Smokey Towers Victoria Cape Smokey My “White Beauty” Photo Essay
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
South Head Cape Breton Port Morien [from a source I can no longer identify: “follows Sailor Dans Lane to a trail [shown on topographical map 11J04] to the cliffs at the south end of South Head, at the end of the Cape Morien ‘peninsula’”]
Stora Centennial Woodland Inverness Port Hawkesbury Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Strathlorne Forestry Complex Inverness Inverness H1: pp. 278-282
Sugarloaf Mountain Inverness Margarees My 2006 News and Discoveries Description
Tenerife Mountain Victoria Aspy Bay Hike the Highlands Trail Description
La Tourbière
(Bog)
Inverness CBHNP/French Mountain H1: pp. 34-38
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Trail Description
Trans-Canada Trail
(Great Trail)
Cape Breton, Inverness, Victoria Island-Wide [The land portion of this trail follows the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail (Railway Trail) from Port Hastings to Kenloch (south of Inverness) and the Bealach Brèagha Trail from Kenloch to Whycocomagh; the remainder of the route to North Sydney is via water.]
Great Trail Map
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail web page
My Railway Trail Photo Essay
Trap à Mhathain
[træp ɑ ˈvæn]
(Bear Trap)
Inverness CMTC/Cape Mabou Cape Mabou Trail Club web site
Cape Mabou Trail Club Map
My Cape Mabou Highlands Photo Essay
My Cape Mabou Photo Essay
Hiking Trails of the Cape Mabou Highlands, a CMTC paper map
Les Trous de saumons
(Salmon Pools)
Inverness CBHNP/Chéticamp H2: pp. 58-61
My Trail Description
My 2007 News and Discoveries Description
My Chéticamp River Photo Essay
Parks Canada Trail Description
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Two Rivers Wildlife Park Cape Breton Mira River H1: pp. 177-180; H2: 167-170
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Uisge Bàn Falls Victoria Baddeck Highlands H1: pp. 117-121; H2: 109-112
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
Uisge Bàn River Victoria Baddeck Highlands H1: pp. 117-121; H2: 109-112
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Explore Nova Scotia Trail Description
[select “Walking Trails” in the pop-up menu]
Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge
(The Old Red Head Road)
also known as
Le vieux chemin des Cap-Rougiens
(The Red Head Settlers’ Old Road)
Inverness CBHNP/Cap-Rouge H2: pp. 45-49
Parks Canada Trail Description
Warren Brook Victoria CBHNP/Warren Lake Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Warren Lake (½) Victoria CBHNP/Warren Lake H1: pp. 70-74; H2: pp. 73-75
Parks Canada Trail Description
Parks Canada Trail Map
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
West Ainslie Glen Road (¾) Inverness Lake Ainslie [first hiked in 2009; unfortunately, no trail description yet]
White Point Victoria Aspy Bay H1: pp. 121-125; H2: pp. 114-117
Provincial Trail Description
Provincial Trail Map
Moosebait Trail Description
Whitney Pier Heritage Trail Cape Breton Whitney Pier Whitney Pier Historical Museum Trail Description
Sysco Trail Description
Walkabouts Trail Description
Whycocomagh Inverness Whycocomagh My 2014 News and Discoveries Description
Wilkie Sugar Loaf Victoria Cape North Massif H2: pp. 118-121
Hike the Highlands Festival Trail Description
Moosebait Trail Description
Winging Point Cape Breton Gabarus H2: 171-175
Zinc Mine Trail Inverness PCAFWA Colin Mudle’s Web Site and Description
Colin Mudle’s Lowland Cove Trail Description and Map