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5 Must See 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 summer 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 Ban 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. The falls are part of the longer Falls Brook, which flows into the North Branch Baddeck River and then eventually leads out at Bras d’Or Lake. This attraction takes about an hour to complete and is sure to be worth the adventure.

Baddeck, the beginning and the end of the Cabot Trail

3. Egypt Falls

These falls are one you need to add to your Cape Breton summer bucket list—trust us. Egypt Falls, also referred to as “Piper’s Glen Falls,” is a waterfall sure to the impress everyone. Nestled in the back woods of Scotsville, be prepared for a steep descent down to the falls (so steep that you will need to use the rope to get down) followed by more adventure as you have the option to climb up the cascades, to the top of the falls. Might we also recommend that you pack a bathing suit, as the first cascade is a great spot to take a dip!

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4. Gairloch Mountain Falls

Gairloch Falls is one of Cape Breton’s most beautiful hidden gems. This little-known waterfall is found in Middle River, near the Cabot Trail. When you are descending the waterfall, be mindful of your footing and use the ropes! This waterfall is exceptionally beautiful in the fall.

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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 the pedestal it deserves!