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3 Must-See Waterfalls to Visit This Fall

Story by: Team Destination Cape Breton

In case you thought waterfalls were a thing to add to your summer bucket list, we’re here to change your mind! Fall on Cape Breton Island is the perfect time to get out and explore all of the natural wonders that the island has to offer—including these five breathtaking waterfalls. Add these to your trip itinerary and we promise they won’t disappoint! 

1. Gairloch Falls

Take first left Gairloch Mountain Rd. Drive on the logging road for approximately 3km to top of the hill. Trailhead marked with flagging tape. Follow flagging tape to the bottom of the trail. The trail becomes difficult near the bottom and requires caution.

Nearby Place to Eat: Herring Chocker Deli, Cafe and Bakery


5 Must-See Waterfalls to Visit This Fall

2. Uisge Ban Falls

Uisge Bàn Falls Provincial Park is a 1.5-hour round trip hike to a spectacular waterfall on Cape Breton Island, 14.5 km (9 mi) north of Baddeck (Highway 105, Exit 9). A 1.5-km (1-mi) trail leads to this spectacular 15-m (50-ft) waterfall in a granite gorge. A 2-km (1.5-mi) trail follows the North Branch River with beautiful hardwood stands along the cliffs. Parking, picnic tables (some with shelters) and vault toilets are on site.

Nearby Place to Eat: The Freight Shed Waterside Bistro 

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3. Beulach Ban Falls

Watch the waterfalls in the Aspy Valley below you as the river winds its way to the Atlantic. The name “Beulach Ban” is Gaelic, a language spoken by the original Scottish settlers. When you reach the base of the mountain, you can drive to the falls. This is a particularly nice area in the autumn when the foliage changes colour— and p.s. you should definitely pack a lunch because there’s a great picnic spot at the falls!

Nearby Place to Eat: Danena’s Bakery and Bistro

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These five waterfalls are sure to be a great addition to your Cape Breton Island fall trip! 

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Team Destination Cape Breton

Our team at Destination Cape Breton is always exploring our beautiful Island. We love discovering our hidden gems, working with partners, and putting our Island on the pedestal it deserves!