- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- , Culinary
- , Fall
- , Hiking
- , Outdoor Adventure
- , Spring
Franey Mountain & The Dancing Moose Café
Once again, your heart is pumping, you’re amazed and invigorated as you ascend to the top of Franey Mountain and your reward… a 360° view of the entire Clyburn Brook canyon and the Atlantic coastline from Cape Smokey to Ingonish!
Simply breath-taking. Gaze back at the mountains, the sheer rocky face of Franey Mountain, or the river winding through the valley, 425 m below. Keep an eye out for wildlife – moose like this habitat too. Caution: Keep young children away from the cliffs. The trail is 2-3 hours and a 7.5 km loop.
Pro-tip – Be prepared for a steep climb and rugged sections. Rating is difficult.
GPS Co-ordinates N 46° 39′ 38.8″ W 60° 25′ 22.1
Recommended Restaurant: The Dancing Moose Café – 42691 Cabot Trail, Birch Plain (30 min drive)
The sense of humour that the owners share comes out as soon as you drive in. They have created a fun youthful feel to this funky little spot in northern Cape Breton. The food is great and the service is fast.
Recommended Dish – Dutch Pannekoek – get it with bacon and/or apple cooked right in.
Pro tip – Stop here for breakfast and pick up some muffins for a snack along the trail.
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