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Hidden Gems: Magic Cove

Story by: Ashley MacDonald

Deep in the heart of Inverness County you can find a cove so enchanting that they actually called it Magic Cove. Here, you will find turquoise waters, cliffs and more. When your cove adventure is over, you are just minutes from delicious restaurants and spacious oceanview villas. 

1. The Road to Magic Cove

If you type Magic Cove into the Google Maps app, it will take you right to the trailhead. The entrance is approximately 11km down Broad Cove Banks Road, where there is space to pull off the road to park. Once you park and enter the little field, the trail is on the right. It can be a bit hard to spot at first as there are large bushes surrounding it. Follow this short trail down to the water and then go right along the shoreline for Magic Cove.

Note: Magic Cove was difficult to find on Apple Maps.

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2. Enjoy the Magic of Magic Cove 

Magic Cove is a small bay with clear, turquoise water that are surrounded by cliffs on three sides. You enter the cove through a gap in the rocks on one side. The beach is rocky and there’s also a small waterfall at the back of the cove.

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3. A Coal Miner’s Café

After checking out Magic Cove in the morning, we decided to head towards Inverness. We had lunch at the Coal Miner’s Café, which is located on the Main street. I had the club sandwich with a side of onion rings, which was so good!

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4. Cape Breton Villas 

That night we stayed at the Cape Breton Villas, which is located just a few minutes from downtown Inverness. The villas are located on a hill, which provides a gorgeous view of the ocean and sunset from the large balconies. The inside of the villas are beautiful, with tons of space and a huge bathroom.

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Hidden Gems Tip

Inverness has an awesome beach so if you find yourself waiting until you can check into your accommodation, I’d highly recommend spending the afternoon at the beach!

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Ashley MacDonald | Local Outdoor Ambassador

Ashley is from Middle River, Cape Breton Island and is currently a university student studying Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, camping, and going on all the adventures Cape Breton has to offer.

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