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Outdoor Escapes: Cape Breton Hiking Trails near Cabot Shores

Amid the ruggedly beautiful reaches of eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is an outstanding destination for discerning outdoor enthusiasts. As we inch closer to winter’s end, many such folks hastily plan their spring and summer adventures. And with its picturesque ocean-side vistas, serene forests, and abundant wildlife, Cape Breton hiking is one of the island’s most precious gifts. It’s no wonder that so many guests at Cabot Shores fixate their attention on exploring these iconic corridors. 

Hiking Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

A Lookout Point Located Along the Middle Head TrailWhen we think about the numerous ways we can travel throughout Cape Breton Island, the first thing that comes to mind for many of us is the Cabot Trail. Still, a seemingly endless assortment of hiking trails will allow you to explore different aspects of the island that can only be witnessed on foot. And to keep these cherished areas intact for generations to come, it’s imperative that we leave them in the same condition—or better than we found them. 

On a personal level, you must also prepare yourself for traveling the Cape Breton hiking trails. This means bringing sufficient nourishment—including water, having appropriate hiking attire, and being in decent physical condition. Now, on to the trails!

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The isle’s most recognizable outdoor public area, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, is a genuine treasure and home to the famous Skyline Trail. Although the park and its trails are about an hour away from Cabot Shores by car, it won’t disappoint you. With hiking trails in the range of easy to expert, this regional staple is a must-visit for those who love exploring. Breathtaking views, scenery, and a healthy ecology are just a few things you’ll appreciate about Cape Breton Highlands.

Indian Brook Falls

Near Cabot Shores, Indian Brook Falls provides an excellent intermediate trail that’s difficult is easy to moderate. Following the Indian Brook Stream from which it gets its name, this hiking trail is teeming with tranquility. After approximately a half-hour of walking, you’ll encounter a riverbed bringing you downhill. Sometimes, you can hear a small flowing stream offering a peaceful trickling sound during the spring snowmelt.

French River Wilderness Area

Red Island BeachSet atop a highland plateau overlooking the Cabot Trail, the French River Wilderness Area has nearly 60,000 acres of unspoiled nature. The unique terrain varies significantly from wind-tattered dunes to vibrant evergreen forests. Throughout your journey, you’ll find such rewards as placid lagoons, outstanding river canyons, and sublime old-growth forests. The primary trail is known as the Red Island Trail, and the entrance is near St. Annes Bay United Church.

Unique Places to Stay on the Cabot Trail

Summer Tiger Yurt exterior.The Cape Breton hiking trails present an intriguing activity that is more than “something to do.” They’re an experience that lends itself to creating unforgettable memories and a desire for discovery. We’re beyond grateful for their presence and those who maintain them, and we hope you’ll appreciate them as much as we do. To find out how you can find much more than a place to stay on the Cabot Trail, please visit us online or call 866-929-2584 today.



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Based on 290 reviews
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
Jasmine Rahmel
Jasmine Rahmel
October 17, 2023.
Loved the location and the amenities. What a unique resort. The upgrade to the chalet was wonderful. Above and beyond.
Malcolm
Malcolm
October 16, 2023.
Stayed at Cabot shores from October 7th-13th was an unforgettable experience. Stayed in a yurt and very spacious and comfortable. The location along the sea was gorgeous and could hop over to the beach whenever. Kayaked two of those days and could see beaver domes while doing so. Would highly try the food as well very accommodating to all dietary requirements. Recommend the chickpea massala very nice meal! Friendly staff and good accommodation. 5/5
Vishnu Vardhana
Vishnu Vardhana
October 15, 2023.
Amazing experience in the yurt and dome. Friendly staff and beautiful views!
Trevor B
Trevor B
September 13, 2023.
Stopped for lunch and ordered the spaghetti bolognese. Very hearty and lots of meat. A nice satisfying meal. One surprise was to see a mandatory 10% gratuity when paying the bill. Who does this for a party of less than 5?

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Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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