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5 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. Egypt Falls

The Egypt Falls (originally Appin Falls) trail offers a quick descend down to the widest waterfall (~60 feet) on Cape Breton Island. The road you park on, is also the road that takes you into Pipers Glen. This is a great 12 km or more addition to this hike to make it even more worth the drive out.

*Please note: the 13.58 km distance includes the walk into Pipers Glen as a warm up before going down to the falls. While we recommend this, it is entirely optional. You can head directly to the falls which is a very short and steep trek.

Nearby Place to Eat: The Dancing Goat Café & Bakery

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4. North River Falls

At over 32 metres, this is reputed to be the highest falls in the province. Other hiking opportunities on unmanaged trail are found in the south west of the area, where a day hike to the top of Bald Mountain is rewarded with a stunning view of the surrounding wilderness area and countryside.

Nearby Place to Eat: Restaurant 100km at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages 

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5. 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

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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!