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Cape Breton Fall Guide for Instagrammers

Story by: Team Destination Cape Breton

Cape Breton is becoming one of the most sought after locations to Instagram in Canada. The variety of landscapes, waterfalls, wildlife, and historic sites means that whatever you are interested in ‘gramming, Cape Breton has it for you. Use our Instagrammers Guide to check off potential fall locations for your shot list! #FallforCapeBreton

1. Beulach Ban Falls is one of Cape Breton’s tallest and easiest to access waterfalls.

It’s only a 40 second walk from where you park!

2. Egypt Falls is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Nova Scotia.

This two levelled cascade waterfall is in its glory in the autumn.

3. Mary Ann Falls is a must see for anyone driving the Cabot Trail.

This waterfall offers many different angles for a wide variety of photographic opportunities.

4. North River Falls is Nova Scotia’s tallest waterfalls and one that offers a great challenging hike.

Follow a 9km trail through beautiful Acadian forests to find this hidden gem.


Cape Breton is synonymous with hiking. The island has dozens of world class hikes and while we can’t share all of them here, we can include some of the most impressive, Insta worthy fall hikes.

1. Coxheath Hills is one of Cape Breton’s most under rated hikes.

It’s close to Sydney, has a well maintained trail and offers a great view!

2. Franey Mountain has one of the best autumn views in all of Cape Breton.

The Clyburn valley puts on an amazing show of fall colours that reach deep into the highlands and stretches to the Atlantic Ocean.

3. Gypsum Mines has become of one the most Instagrammed places in Cape Breton.

Your shot list won’t be complete without this location!

4. Mica Hill is often skipped by hikers when touring the Cabot Trail but during the autumn the landscape makes this hike a must see landscape.

5. Tenerife Mountain offers one the best views in all of Cape Breton.

From the top you can see all the into the Aspy Fault and Aspy Bay. Sunrise is definitely the best time for this hike!


Cape Breton has an incredible amount of biodiversity in its wildlife populations. Two of our favourite species has to be our moose and the bald eagles.

1. Eagles

In Cape Breton it’s hard to go for a drive without seeing at least one eagle soaring over head. Drives through St. Anns Bay, Margaree, and Baddeck are eagle rich areas so be sure to have your telephoto lenses ready!

2. Moose

What trip around the Cabot Trail is complete without seeing a moose? French and North Mountains offer your best chances at seeing these massive animals. Remember not to approach these animals and to give them plenty of space.

Cabot Trail

Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of the roadway, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages.

1. Cap-Rouge Look Off is the quintessential ‘Cabot Trail’ shot.

Photographing the look off in evening light should help produce dramatic shots.

2. Margaree

It’s hard to talk about fall in Cape Breton and not mention Margaree. It’s like autumn was made to be seen here.

3. North Mountain (Aspy)

Witness the Aspy Fault in full fall colours and you’ll never want to leave.

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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!

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