Hike the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

Hiking along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, has become a must when visiting Nova Scotia.

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park has many trails, ranging form short family walks to spectacular hiking expeditions like the Skyline Trail or Pollett's Cove trail. There are dozens more within and around the communities, beach walks are common as well. Remember that you are in the wild, animals live there and it is their home you are visiting. Never underestimate a wild animal, treat them with the same respect you wish to be treated with. Come and enjoy the Hike the Highlands festival in September.
Acadian Trail Salmon Pools Trail

Park Permit Required

1, Acadian (loop), 8.4 km, (3 - 4 hours)
2, Salmon Pools, 12.2 km, 3 - 4 hours
3, Le Chemin du Buttereau, 4.6 km, 1.5 hours
4, Le Buttereau (loop), 1.6 km,30 - 45 minutes
5, Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge ,9 km ,2.5 - 3.5
6, Corney Brook, 12.2 km, 3 - 4 hours
7; Skyline 7.5 km / 9.2 km (loop) 2 - 3 hours
8 Bog (loop), 0.5 km 15 minutes
9; Benjie's Lake 3 km 1 - 1.5 hours
10 Fishing Cove , 5.7 km or 12 km, 2-3 or 5-6 hours
11;MacIntosh Brook ,1.7 km 30 - 45 minutes
12 Lone Shieling (loop), 0.6 km 15 minutes
13, Aspy ( buelah ban falls), 9.6 km 3-4 hours
14 Glasgow Lakes Look-off , 9.2 km 3 - 4 hours
15, Jack Pine (loop), 2.3 km, 1 hour
16, Coastal, 11.3 km ,3 - 4 hours
17, Jigging Cove (loop)2.4 km, 40 - 50 minutes
18, Green Cove,0.2 km ,10 minutes
19, Broad Cove Mountain2.3 km ,1 hour
20, Warren Lake (loop),4.7 km, 1.5 hours
21, Acadian (loop), 8.4 km, (3 - 4 hours)
22, Branch Pond Look-off,8.1 km 2 - 3 hours
1;Franey (loop)7.4 km, 2 - 3 hours
2 Clyburn Valley,8.5 km 2 - 3 hours
1;Middle Head3.8 km, 1.5 hours
2 Freshwater Lake Look-off,0.3 km, 10 minutes
1; Acadian (loop), 8.4 km, (3 - 4 hours)
2 Freshwater Lake,1.7 km, 30 - 40 minutes
1; Acadian (loop), 8.4 km, (3 - 4 hours)
2 Salmon Pools, 12.2 km, 3 - 4 hours

 





The Skiyline trail and Franey Mountain trail are likely the busiest hikes on the Cabot Trail. The Skyline is much easier, Franey  becomes a much tougher climb but both has great views .

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      No Permit Required


      1, Roberts Mountain, 4 km, (2 hours)

      2, Pollets Cove, 15.9 km, 6 - 8 hours

      3, Meat Cove Mountain 8

      4, Money Point Trail, 13 km, 5.5 hours

      5, Wilkie Sugarloaf,4 km, (1.5 hours)

      6, White Point, 5.75km, 2 hours

      7, Cape Smokey Park, 12.5 km, (4 hours)