The 10 Prettiest Waterfalls on Cape Breton Island

There are over two dozen well-documented waterfalls on Cape Breton Island, each one with its own distinctive allure. Some Cabot Trail waterfalls are more about the rugged, undeniably serene trip than the destination. Others have the ability to stop you in your tracks upon first sight. Cabot Shores, one of the premier Nova Scotia resorts, happens to be located near Indian Brook Falls, a challenging, yet undeniably reward hike. When you’re not relaxing in a chalet, paddling atop Church Pond, or dining on gourmet cuisine, please accept nature’s invitation into the backcountry en route to a towering, picturesque waterfall.

10 Jaw-Dropping Waterfalls on Cape Breton Island

Indian Brook Falls
Indian Brook (Widow’s Veil Falls)

“Waterfalling” has grown into one of the most desirable recreational activities amongst couples who have a penchant for adventure, spontaneity, and isolation. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and the isle itself, is home to a bevy of rivers, brooks, and creeks that weave and subtly descend toward the Atlantic Ocean. Slow erosion, over an innumerable amount of time, gave way to these natural wonders. Waterfalling is best combined with hiking, forest bathing, Geocaching, or birding. The journey to many of these waterfalls on Cape Breton Island is exceedingly lengthy; thus, an element of backpacking is often tossed into the fold. Without further ado, here are 10 of the prettiest waterfalls in Nova Scotia:

  1. Indian Brook Falls — A challenging, three-hour hike to the Great Falls from the Cabot Shores. The Brook has three falls, including the prominent Great Falls and Widow’s Veils Falls (as shown on the above). It’s about one hour and a half round trip to Widow’s Veils Falls.
  2. North River Falls — Backpacking at its finest. Mostly flat. It’s just you and nature. What a payoff! There’s also a shorter hike to the falls for those who only want a quick photo or two, and salmon fishing with a license.
  3. Uisge Bàn Falls — A leisurely stroll to a subtly beautiful fall. Uisge peacefully slips down the hill.
  4. Humes River Falls — Not easy to find. At 11.5 kilometres, years of hiking experience is required. Luckily, very few people know about this hidden gem.
  5. Mary Ann Falls — Please drive slowly as several potholes lie on the road to the fall. Mary Ann Falls is an idyllic swimming hole (as pictured above).
  6. Gillis Lake Falls — An easy walk down into a creek. Typically, only locals visit it.
  7. Myles Doyle Falls — This lengthy slide is particularly beautiful during autumn’s peak. Follow the ribbons that mark the path. Boy, it really gushes during spring!
  8. Egypt Falls — The property owners ask that you please be respectful of the land. It is currently not open to the public.
  9. Beulach Ban Falls — A quick roadside stop. The hiking trail that runs past Beulach Ban isn’t overly alluring at its beginning, but the 65-foot-tall falls are exceedingly gorgeous. Later, after visiting the Falls, go to the trail which has good views of the Asby Fault
  10. Still Brook Falls — A quiet place. Remember to pack a picnic. Still Brook flows into Black Brook Cove. Remains a bit of a mystery.

In-depth directions to and from Indian Brook, North River, and Mary Ann can be found on Dr. Paul’s article from January of 2015. For more information about guided and self-guided hikes, please fill out a booking inquiry form.

Mid-summer Cape Breton Getaways: Discover Cabot Shores

Photo of a Yurt near the Best Waterfalls on Cape Breton.

After locating a handful of waterfalls on Cape Breton Island, return to Cabot Shores for a night to remember. This award-winning coastal haven is the digital detox or glamping experience that you’ve been searching for since spring’s thaw. Choose between a chalet, campground, dome camping, yurt, tiny house, classic lodge, or farmhouse. The culinary voyage at Cabot Shores Bistro is also a memorable (and delicious) endeavour. Adventure, exploration, and relaxation is always a stone’s throw away, as is the deep blue sea. Please give us a call today at 866-929-2584 to book a well-deserved Canadian escape to Nova Scotia’s awe-inspiring Cabot Trail. And don’t forget to read the latest news on our website.



Based on 246 reviews
Lisa-Steven Sisson-Gledhill (HillSun)
Lisa-Steven Sisson-Gledhill (HillSun)
December 31, 2022.
Wish we could give more stars 🌟 Service was top notch! Everyone was friendly, accommodating and informed about local interests. Food was mouth watering- recommend the seafood and homemade yogurt. Waves each morning were breath taking...highly recommend asking to do local hikes. Kids enjoyed games, sauna, hot tub and rooms felt very spacious. Will definitely return!
Clare Waque
Clare Waque
December 16, 2022.
I attended a wilderness healing retreat and that experience completely changed my life. The low reviews are not a far representation of the authentic and high value experience being offered.
Annshani Fernando
Annshani Fernando
December 15, 2022.
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful resort and would recommend it to nature lovers. Big shoutout to Paul and his family for going the extra mile to make us feel comfortable.
Varuna Indraratne
Varuna Indraratne
December 12, 2022.
We spent three nights attending a relative’s wedding in early September at this wonderful resort conveniently located right on the world-famous Cabot Trail. We stayed in one of the main lodge rooms which had spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from the window. The resort has a vast property overlooking beach that also includes an apple orchard and organic vegetable garden leading to the shores of the Atlantic. The amazing staff led by the owners Paul and Barbara are very hospitable, friendly and helpful. The food at the wedding reception prepared by the in-house team was so delicious. There are also plenty of options for breakfast and lunch nearby serving a variety of cuisines with Cape Breton flair and friendliness. We highly recommend the Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort for anyone planning a visit to Cape Breton Island!!!
Uthpala M
Uthpala M
December 11, 2022.
We had our wedding at this beautiful venue in September, 2022. Our experience was amazing. Paul, Barbara, and the crew was super helpful from the planning stage all the way until we checked out after the event. The location of this property is unbeatable. We had our wedding ceremony in between two chalets - Red and Blue - overseeing the Atlantic Ocean. We booked three chalets and rooms at the main lodge for our guests and some of the guests rented yurts. The crew at Cabot Shores organized a bon-fire on the night before the wedding and organized a cookout with brick-oven pizzas that was out of this world! The food for the wedding was prepared by the chef of Cabot Shores - Ron - and it was superb. Paul and Barbara also organized local musicians for the event and Flo and her group was fantastic! We have nothing bad to say and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and the natural beauty of the location. We highly recommend this lovely place to anyone planning their wedding or vacation.
Ruwanthika Premalal
Ruwanthika Premalal
December 11, 2022.
We stayed for 3 days at this amazing resort during the end of summer 2022. A great resort with many activities and you can easily access the Cabot shore trail. There are many close by boutique restaurants too for breakfast, brunch or lunch. But you definitely need to try resort's food too which might come from there organic garden to your plate. Their wood fired pizza is so good. During the last day at our stay, we had a wedding of one of our close friends, at the resort. The food was so delicious. The staff was really helpful. I love their compost bin, vegetable beds and mushroom garden too. They have so many isolated yurts which is really great for star gazing and to see the milky way. The little ferry at the river is such a great way to reach the private beach of the Atlantic ocean. We are visiting again, hopefully next year!
Jangchub Zangmo
Jangchub Zangmo
November 29, 2022.
a wonderful place to get out into nature and meet like minded people
snehal shah
snehal shah
November 6, 2022.
Beautiful location. Have huts to stay here. it would be better and comfortable if size of Hut slightly bigger . No service. Even our garbage bin we have to carry out to empty... Otherwise good stay.

Based on 50 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
Verified
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.
Verified
Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
Verified
Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
Verified
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.
Verified
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.
Verified
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.
Verified
Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
Verified
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.
Micayla
Micayla
August 16, 2021.
Verified
This place is absolutely beautiful! We loved our stay here. I highly recommend it. All the staff are very friendly. The dome was such a unique experience looking at the stars and watching the sun rise. The beach is beautiful and there’s a little swimming spot 2 minutes down the road that we really enjoyed 🙂

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