And at the Cape Smoky lookout, our first along the Cape Breton trail, Pete and I stood and stared out at the rocky coastline. I felt refreshed by the cool breeze and buoyed by the new energy. I turned to Pete with a desire and an idea And it was the intense allure of Cape Breton that encouraged me finally. If I was going to ugly cry on camera (I knew it would probably happen, and I wasn’t wrong), then I wanted some beauty to showcase with it. I wanted that to shine through overall. I turned to Pete with a desire and an idea. I wanted to walk, and I wanted to record it. Which brought me to that pivotal point on the Skyline Trail. In the estimation of my energy reserves against how far we had to go, I wasn’t sure I had it in me.
All Trails | | | | | All Trails list: Trail Name Length (km) Difficulty Duration Region Closest Town 18.06 5 5h 30min Highlands St.
Ann's 6.03 2.5 1h 30min Highlands Indian Brook 10.62 3.5 4h 10min Highlands Ingonish 9.51 2 2h 00min Highlands Ingonish 7.62 3.5 2h 30min Highlands Ingonish 5.08 2 1h 00min Highlands Ingonish 4.81 1 1h 30min Highlands Ingonish 14.5 4 4h 15min Highlands Ingonsih 2.23 2 0h 40min Highlands Ingonish 10.3 4 4h 30min Highlands Ingonish 5.78 2 1h 30min Highlands Neil's Harbour 9.42 3 2h 45min Highlands Neil's Harbour 8.1 3 2h 45min Highlands Neil's Harbour 44 5 1-3 days Highlands Neils Harbour 13.74 5 5h 30min Highlands Neil's Harbour 5.22 3 1h 00min Highlands Meat Cove 15.97 5+ 10h 00min Highlands Pleasant Bay 8.9 3 2h20min Highlands Cape North Village 3.73 4 2h 10min Highlands Pleasant Bay 12.02 4 5h 00min Highlands Cheticamp 11.42 2 2h 00min Highlands Cheticamp 6.84 2 1h 25min Highlands Cheticamp 10.56 2 3h 00min Highlands Cheticamp 8.4 4 3h 00min Highlands Cheticamp (Salmon Pools) 13 3 4h 00min Highlands Cheticamp 4.93 2 1h 10min Highlands Baddeck 17.9 4 5h 00min Highlands Baddeck 11-16 4-5 5h 00min Western Mabou 13.58 3 4h 00min Western Whycocomagh 19.6 3 6h 00min Western Mabou 17 5 6h 00min Western Port Hood 23 5 6h 30min Western 92 5 48h 00min + Western Various 22 5 6h 00min + Western Port Hawksbury 10 2 2h 20min Western 9 3 2h 30min Eastern Arichat 10 2 2h 30min Western St.
Peters 9 2 2h 00min Western 3.88 3 1h 45min Western Whycocomagh 10 2.5 3h 00min Western Whycocomagh 13.5 3.5 3h 30min Eastern 12.08 3 3h 10min Eastern Gabarus 16 4 4h 15min Eastern Gabarus 8 2 2h 15min Eastern Sydney 10.5 3.5 2h 30min Eastern Gabarus 21 5 7h 00min Eastern Sydney 13 3.5 3h 30min Eastern Louisbourg 8 2 2h 20min Eastern Louisbourg 4.2 1 1h 10min Eastern Louisbourg 14.26 4 4h 30min Eastern Louisbourg 8.5 2 2h 30min Eastern Glace Bay 7.71 2.5 2h 30min Eastern Louisbourg 9.44 2 3h 00min Eastern Coxheath 5.7 3 2h 00min Eastern North Sydney 7.8 2.5 2h 40min Eastern Englishtown 2.4 2.4 2h 30min Highlands Ingonish 1.7 1.5 1h 00min Highlands Dingwall 2.72 1 0h 30min Highlands Cheticamp 0.5 1 0h 15min Highlands Cheticamp 0.45 1 0h 20min Highlands Ingonish 2.74 2 1h 00min Highlands Ingonish 4.81 1 1h 20min Highlands Ingonish 3.65 3.5 2h 00min Highlands Dingwall Two Rivers Wildlife Park 4.5 1 1h 10min Eastern Sydney 3.1 1 1h 25min Eastern Coxheath 10 2 2h 30min Eastern North Sydney 5.9 2.5 1h 30min Eastern North Sydney 2.5 2 1h Western Mabou
best dating cape breton hiking trails - Hiking Trails of Cape Breton by Michael Haynes
Encompassing a fifth of Nova Scotia's land area, Cape Breton Island supports a thriving tourism sector with its blend of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In addition to several small towns with a strong sense of community, popular places to visit on Cape Breton Island include the largest national park in the Maritime provinces. Sheltering many iconic Canadian animals, the park contains the scenic Cabot Trail, drawing nearly half a million annual cyclists, walkers, and drivers.
Epic natural scenery keeps most visitors outdoors during their Cape Breton Island vacation, but this destination also boasts several major indoor attractions, like a world-famous whiskey distillery and a reconstructed 18th-century fortress. Cape Breton Island is in Nova Scotia.
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Explore Cape Breton while hiking some of the most memorable landscapes in the Maritimes. Low mountains, verdant valleys, wind-raked barrens and varied seacoast expose an ancient geological saga, transforming a simple hike into an outdoor lesson in the history of our planet. Experience small-town charm, coastal vistas and the natural beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands and world-famous Cabot Trail.
Go on daily hikes in a breathtaking Atlantic setting rich in wildlife like whales, moose and eagles. Learn about coastal ecology and the cultures that shaped the province, from the Mi’kmaq and Basque fishermen to Loyalists and Gaelic immigrants. • Enjoy an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail and watch for whales in the Gulf of St.
Lawrence from the Skyline Trail. • Hike the Salmon Pools Trail along the Cheticamp River into a gorge with deep salmon pools where black bears are sometimes spotted. • Learn about Cape Breton Island’s first inhabitants - the Mi’kmaq people - and the settlers that followed from England, France, Ireland and Scotland.
Activity note: Meet your group leader at the Halifax airport at 2pm for departure to Cape Breton with 5pm arrival time.
Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Afternoon: Program Registration. 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place.
If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions.
Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences.
The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is located within walking distance to downtown Baddeck, the Tourism Information Centre, and Baddeck’s Harbour. Activity note: Uisge Bhan Falls: Hiking approximately 6 miles/10 kms; 2.5 hours; dirt trails, can be slippery sections as you climb the trail towards the falls, some hills.
(Moderate). Driving 20 miles over 50 minutes. Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning: We start the day with a presentation by a local expert who will introduce us to the history of Cape Breton Island. Then we will venture out, following along the banks of the North Branch Baddeck River. Hike through beautiful hardwood forest alongside streams and rivers to Uisge Bhan Falls. The gorge is home to a diverse Acadian old growth forest.
The name “Uisge Ban” is Gaelic for “white water” and is pronounced by those of us without a Gaelic tongue as OOSH-KA-ban, or ISH-KA-ban. Gaelic is undergoing a strong revival in Cape Breton, and traditional Gaelic place names can now be found on road signs across much of the island. Gaelic singers, musicians, and speakers continue to add a vibrant melody to the Cape Breton way of life.
Lunch: Boxed lunch. Afternoon: Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. We will discover how air and water captured Alexander Graham Bell's imagination. Explore the amazing life of the man who invented the telephone and his many accomplishments, including his work to bridge the world between sound and silence by teaching the deaf to speak. A museum expert will give us an overview of the museum before we have a chance to explore it ourselves. Dinner: Lobster dinner at a local restaurant, with salad, chowder and dessert.
Activity note: 3 Salmon Pools Trail: Hiking 13 kms/8 miles; 2.5 hours through beech woods, river canyon; short climbs, some rocky sections (Moderate). Le Vieux Chemin du Cap-Route trail is 3 miles/4.5 kms. (Difficult) Driving 110 miles over 2.75 hours. Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet Morning: Today we will hike in the spectacular beauty of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and make our way to the west side of the Park. With panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts, the trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island.
Hike the 3 Salmon Pools Trail along the Cheticamp River; into a gorge with deep salmon pools where black bears are sometimes spotted. Lunch: Boxed lunch. Afternoon: This afternoon we will explore Les Jardins du Cap-Rouge. Step back in time to turn-of-the-century Cap-Rouge (last century that is!). Meet a resident, perhaps even the postmaster or school mistress who will paint a picture of life in the late 1800's Acadie. Embark on a gentle expert-led walk to discover medicinal plants of the area and envision the gardens that once thrived near local homesteads.
Dinner: At a local restaurant in Cheticamp. Activity note: Skyline Trail: Hiking up to 6 miles/10 kms; 2.5 hours; headland cliff, ocean, on mostly groomed trails. Boardwalk with steps at headland (Moderate). MacIntosh Brook Trail: 1.75 miles/2.8 kms. (Easy) Driving 60 miles over 1.5 hours Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet Morning: Today we will hike two trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
A dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of the Skyline Trail. Enjoy an eagle's view of the Cabot Trail as it winds its way down the mountain.
Skyline is one of the “must do” hikes on Cape Breton Island. We have the forest, the ocean, and the wildlife. The trail is a fairly level loop leading you through dense forest. Approximately half way around the loop, the trail deposits us on the upper ridge of a headland cliff above the Atlantic Ocean. Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Sightings of moose are common; also, keep on the lookout for bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds that live in this habitat.
Lunch: Boxed lunch. Afternoon: Hike the MacIntosh Brook Trail. This short loop is a welcome break while traveling the Cabot Trail. It offers a step back in history, a learning experience along streams and through a forest populated heavily by 350-year old sugar maple. We will return to Cheticamp late afternoon for a rug-hooking demonstration and a presentation about Cape Breton history from a local expert. We will discover the traditions and history of Cape Breton Island in an evening presentation from our expert.
The Island's first inhabitants were the Mi’kmaq people, who have lived here for well over 2,000 years. Throughout the next few centuries, settlers came from England, France, Ireland and Scotland. In the early 18th century, French settlers built the Fortress of Louisbourg along with the first lighthouse in Canada, Louisbourg Lighthouse. Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.
The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Activity note: Mica Hill Trail: Hiking 5 miles/8 kms; 3.5 hours. Terrain is highlands taiga, mica outcrop, with a gradual climb. (Moderate). Afternoon hike on another trail in the Park. Driving 75 miles over 2 hours. Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet Morning: This morning we will depart for a hike on the Glasgow Lakes/Mica Hill Trail.
This breathtaking trail winds through Acadian mixed forest and stunted taiga as it climbs to the wind-swept highlands plateau. It offers 360º views spanning the barrens, the dramatic Aspy fault, coastal villages far below and mountains reaching the most northern tip of Cape Breton.
Continue along a narrower footpath to Mica Hill’s remarkable outcrops of quartz and mica. Lunch: Boxed lunch. Afternoon: We will embark on another hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Explore the beautiful scenery and keep your eyes open for the wonderful local flora and fauna.
Dinner: At a local restaurant. Activity note: Jack Pine/Coastal Trail: Hiking 3.75 miles/6 kms; 2 hours on coastal trails, some short climbs, rugged/rocky sections, cobblestones. (Difficult). Middle Head Trail: Hiking 6 miles/10 kms; 2.5 hours, mostly level, following the landscape as it juts out to sea, some short climbs (Moderate). No significant driving (5-10 minute spans to nearby areas) Breakfast: Breakfast buffet.
Morning: We will spend the day hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the renowned Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is one of the most beautiful drives you can experience and where Alexander Graham Bell made his famous quote about simple beauty: “I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” This morning's hike is along the coast at Ingonish Beach.
We will take in the ocean views at one of our most popular beaches, bordered by a gentle waterfall on one end and intersected by a freshwater brook. We will continue on the scenic Jack Pine Trail, the Coastal Trail and onto the Jigging Cove Trail, along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches. Lunch: Boxed lunch. Afternoon: The afternoon hike is at Middle Head Trail which ends on the headland cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
We will be inspired by the beauty of the coastline on a hike along the stunning, rugged, Middle Head peninsula.
Travel through a mixed forest, past relics of the past, including an old structural foundation, and a stone hearth. Middle Head trail starts at the Keltic Lodge in the Highland National Park, the trail is well kept and fairly easy hiking. The hike follows a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.
The most glorious sights on this trail are to be seen at the end, when the path leads to a cliff, with the Atlantic waters crashing below. From here we can look to the right over South Bay and see the end of Cape Smokey trail.
This scenery is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. There may be opportunities to see seabirds, seals, whales and eagles. Dinner: At the Lodge in Ingonish. Activity note: Judique Flyer trail: 1.5 miles/2.5 kms. Approximately 2 hours. Easy trail, relatively flat. 1.5 miles over 2 hours of walking. Driving 260 miles over 4.5 hours. Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet Morning: On our final morning in Cape Breton we will hike the Judique Flyer trail.
This trail runs beside the coast, offering spectacular views of the water and waves below. Lush green grasses kiss the shoreline that is sometimes sandy, sometimes rocky, and wholly picturesque. Named for the famed locomotives, this trail features plaques that give the history of these trains and the railways in Nova Scotia. Lunch: We will be stopping in a scenic area to enjoy our boxed lunches and to enjoy the entertainment provided by our local expert.
Afternoon: After lunch we'll have some time to explore the Celtic Music Museum, designated the "Official Celtic Music Centre of Nova Scotia" and the Official Cultural Archives for the County of Inverness. Their mandate is "to collect, preserve and promote the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island through education, research and performance." Coach transfer back to Halifax for our final night. Approximate arrival in Halifax at 5:00 p.m. Dinner: Our final dinner together will be at the hotel in Halifax.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet. Program concludes Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 (Baddeck, Nova Scotia to Halifax, NS) • Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019 (Baddeck, Nova Scotia to Halifax, NS) • Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019 (Baddeck, Nova Scotia to Halifax, NS) • Aug 18, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019 (Baddeck, Nova Scotia to Halifax, NS) • Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 (Baddeck, Nova Scotia to Halifax, NS) Situated near the beach in Baddeck, this inn is close to Gilbert H.
Grosvenor Hall, Bras d'Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Also nearby are Kidston Island Lighthouse and Bell Bay Golf Club.
Rooms feature: •Complimentary wireless Internet •TV/Alarm clock/radio •Free local calls •Desk •Complimentary newspaper •Blackout curtains •Hypo-allergenic bedding available •Coffee/tea maker •Complimentary toiletries •Hair dryer •Iron and ironing board •Air conditioning We are located in the heart of the Acadian village of Chéticamp by the sea on the world famous Cabot Trail. Our inn has been welcoming guests to this scenic area since 1938.
Your Cape Breton experience begins in Chéticamp where Acadian hospitality, exceptional cuisine, the fluke of the whales and nature's abundance greet you and your family. The Main Lodge guestrooms and two luxury two-bedroom suites, featuring beautiful craftsmanship, with crown moldings, old growth hardwood floors and luxurious linens. Rooms are complemented with contemporary furnishings and stunning views of the pristine surroundings.
Rooms have coffee makers, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini fridge, TV, and small sitting area. On site restaurant and spa ($$). The Spa features panoramic views of Cape Smokey and the sandy shores of Ingonish Beach, our serene setting will calm and nourish your spirit.
Relax in our ocean view lounge or patio, while sipping herbal tea or spa water, and nibbling on an oatcake or two. Welcome to the Quality Inn Halifax Airport Hotel. We invite you to stay and experience the traditional charm of our hotel and the attentive, personalized service of our friendly staff. Settle in for an enjoyable stay in one of our 156 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. We offer the perfect location for both business and leisure.
Our hotel is located just three minutes from Halifax's Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, and is only 35kms/22 miles from historic downtown Halifax. (5) 3 months ago A very enjoyable trip but note that this is a hiking tour; some of my traveling companions were questioning why were walking/hiking so much.
Each day included two shorter hikes or one longer, the longest was about 5 miles round trip. The trail conditions were what I would call moderate; not too long, pretty good trails though some parts were rocky/roots, not much climbing but what climbing we did was fairly short in duration, not much elevation change.
Hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park was led by a Park Interpreter for a more comprehensive understanding of the surrounding nature and culture.
Accomodations, with the exception of the spectacular Keltic Lodge and Spa in Ingonish, were dated but clean, quiet, and comfortable. Food was simple but good. Lots of fresh fish and seafood. There was a fair amount of cultural introduction to both the Celtic and Acadian settlements in Cape Breton. The leader of my tour was enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the greater Maritime Provinces, and of proud Acadian heritage. Overall, great hiking, scenery, food, music, and information!
(5) 4 months ago The Cape Breton Highlands are a knock-down gorgeous place with a deep and interesting history and culture. This program puts you on some of the most beautiful trails in North America while providing insights into the Acadians that made it what it is today. Lace up you boots and be “wowed.” (5) a year ago This hiking program was well paced and scenic (mountains, cliffs, varied forests/landscapes, boulders, oceans, lakes)with good food and accommodations.
The trip leader, Rod Green, was outstanding. The park rangers added local information as we hiked. On the longest day, my Fitbit recorded 9.5 miles. I would give this program and "A." (4) a year ago This is an enjoyable trip if you want to experience Nova Scotia. Watch out though, the deer flies and mosquitoes can be bad on some of the hikes.
The tour has three or four good hikes but has some uninspiring hikes too. Near the end of the tour, you will be on the bus for the entire day although stops along the way are taken. The tour leader is accomplished and makes needed changes when necessary.
Franey Trail - Cape Breton Nova Scotia