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We wholeheartedly want you to chase waterfalls!

With 100’s of waterfalls, Cape Breton Island has waterfalls for everyone! The only problem is having enough time to explore them all. To help out with this, we’ve made an exciting 3 Day Itinerary focusing on some of the Island’s favourite waterfalls.

Day 1

Sydney to North River – 81 km

Let’s get right to it! There’s no way you can be a waterfall chaser and not tackle the trail to North River Falls. This towering waterfall plunges over 30 m into a pool that’s perfect for cooling down after the 9 km hike into the falls.

How to Chase Waterfalls! 2

Day 2

North River to Cape North – 118 km

Now that you’ve conquered North River Falls it’s time to head north to enjoy some easier to access waterfalls that will still leave you breathless!

3 Day Waterfall Chasing Itinerary

Day 3

Pleasant Bay to Middle River – 109 km

Get ready to drive one of the most scenic portions of the Cabot Trail while you head south through Chéticamp and Margaree to Middle River on your way to explore Gairloch Mountain Falls.


Gairloch Mountain Falls

This itinerary only included a few of the 100+ waterfalls on Cape Breton Island. If you’re interested in exploring more and entering our Waterfall Season Contest, travel over to our Waterfall Season page to see what other amazing waterfalls you can explore this spring!

Businesses and Activities from Itinerary

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Cabot Shores GoBistro

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: St. Ann’s Bay & North Shore

About Go Bistro: Our GoBistro stays open year round! We keep serving delicious local seafood, meats, vegetarian dishes, homemade pasta and m...

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Beulach Ban Falls

Regions: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Community: North Highlands

Waterfall Season Selected Waterfall! Beulach Ban Falls Height: 21 m Distance (one way): 134 m Difficulty: Easy Elevation: 12 m Hiking Time: ...

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Bog Trail

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Trip Advisor Rating 25 Reviews

Regions: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail

In keeping with Parks Canada’s mandate to protect the natural environment, a boardwalk keeps your feet dry as you walk while preventin...

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Clucking Hen Café & Bakery

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: St. Ann’s Bay & North Shore

Located half way between Baddeck and Ingonish. Open daily from mid May until the end of October. Serving Breakfast, lunch and Dinner, licens...

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Gairloch Mountain Falls

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: Baddeck & Area

Waterfall Season Selected Waterfall! Black Brook (Gairloch Mountain Falls) Height: 15 m Distance (one way): 1 km Difficulty: Moderate Elevat...

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MacIntosh Brook Trail

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Trip Advisor Rating 17 Reviews

Regions: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail

Waterfall Season Selected Waterfall! MacIntosh Brook Falls Height: 6 m Distance (one way): 900 m Difficulty: Easy Elevation: 35 m Hiking Ti...

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