Almost as soon as the ice has melted from the lakes, bays, brooks and bogs, I’ve got swimming on the brain. When can I jump, skip or dive into some (chilly) fresh water. Cape Breton is absolutely filled with water sources, from the plethora of […]
Okay, I have a bias towards waterfalls, spectacular trail-side views of water, and old growth forests. Duration: 25 minutes to 5 hours. So here they are: #1 Indian Brook Falls; # 2 North River Falls, #3 Black Brook/Falls.
1. Indian Brook Falls Hike (challenging)
The Cabot Trail goes along the coast on the east (Atlantic) side of Cape Breton Island.
Take the Cabot Trail to the village of Indian Brook. A landmark the bridge over Indian Brook. The Trail starts on the northwest side of the Brook.
During the heat of summer, you can do the hike in and alongside the Brook. In early […]
Journalist Michelle Brunet writes in Celtic Life International about hiking the Cape Breton Highlands, off the Cabot Trail.
She interviewed Jason McNeil about North River Falls (described in our article on our 3 favorite waterfall hikes)
Park expert Marieve Theriault on Mt. Franey
And Dr. Paul on trails along Indian Brook (for full article see, September, Celtic Life International, starting on page 32) Below is an excerpt:
On hiking: Celtic Life International
Cape Smokey is a nice little ski area on the Cabot Trail, right at the edge of Ingonish.
It is open through March, from Friday through Sunday and everyday during March Break.
Staffed by volunteers, the rentals and skiing are very economical. And best of all are the
views you get of Ingonish Island, Ingonish Harbor and Middlehead.
The conditions were good the day I visited in March and I couldn’t help but look out on the
Harbour, each time I got to the top. Pack ice comes in from the Atlantic and forms an amazing
There aren’t many skiiers there on a Friday, so the […]
Incredible coastal vistas provide the backdrop to the abundant sea life found in the north Atlantic, featuring
whales, seals and many seabirds and fish. You never know what may come up ‘out of the blue’! Dolphins, tuna, halibut, the ebb and flow of thousands of mackerel coming with the tides…
You get a hint as you cross over with the Englishtown Ferry and join the Atlantic side of Cape Breton.
Here we offer Whale Watch Excursions (zodiac and big boat), puffin tours; lobster adventures, deep sea fishing; and the more portable tours with Yolo Boards (Stand Up Paddling), canoes and even sea kayaks…