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
When 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
Set 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
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.