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5 Amazing Waterfalls in Cape Breton

Story by: Team Destination Cape Breton

Are you ready to get outside and explore more of what Cape Breton Island has to offer? Well, we suggest you add these waterfalls to your bucket list, as they are sure to impress!

1. North River Falls

First on our list is Nova Scotia’s highest waterfall, reaching a height of 32m. Not only is the waterfall an amazing site, but the trail also has lots to offer, with rivers to cross over and mountainsides to scale. The North River Falls is not for those looking for a quick stop, as it spans 18 km in length . While this may sound like quite the feat to the average hiker, the view alone is worth it—and we promise that you’ll get an Instagram worthy shot to show for it.

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2. Uisge Bàn Falls

Another stunning waterfall is the Uisge Ban Falls, which is accessible through a 1.5km trail that passes through a hardwood forest featuring maple, birch and beech woods. This waterfall is the perfect way to spend an afternoon exploring downtown Baddeck. This attraction takes about an hour or so to complete and is sure to be worth the adventure.

Baddeck, the beginning and the end of the Cabot Trail

3. MacIntosh Brook Falls

This is one of those easy and short hikes you can add to the end of your day or walk as a leg stretcher in the middle of a long drive around the Cabot Trail. MacIntosh Brook has incised a hidden valley on the south side of the Grande Anse River valley. The forest for the first few minutes is composed of softwoods but it quickly changes to a hardwood stand that lasts all the way to the fall.

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4. Corney Brook Falls

These falls are perfect when you’re looking for an easy walk in the woods with a great reward.  Follow a meandering brook through a hardwood forest to a small waterfall that marks the end of the trail. You are actually in a box river canyon – there is only one way out! Keep a watch out for wildlife – a variety of birds, snowshoe hare or maybe even a moose. Local Acadians know this brook as “Rivière à Lazare”.

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5. Beulach Ban Falls

Nestled within the borders of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, these spectacular cascades are sure to amaze you. To reach these falls, it is only a short hike through the park, near Cape North in the Aspy Valley. The Beulach Ban Falls fall from the top of the highlands and are surrounded by forest, and with its close entry to the road, these falls are easily accessible—allowing for everyone to enjoy the view.

Beulach Ban Falls
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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!