- Bras d'Or Lake
- , Hiking
- , Outdoor Adventure
Hidden Gems – Salt Mountain & Iron Mountain Wilderness Adventure
2. Salt Mountain
Located in Whycocomagh Provincial Park, parking for the Salt Mountain trail is located on the left-hand side when entering from the Trans-Canada Highway. The trail is broken up into 4 sections: The Highlander (Yellow), Salt Mountain Trail (Blue), Scout Trail (Red), and McQueen Trail (Green). The trails are all clearly marked with coloured arrows which guide you throughout the trek.
3. Highlanders Quest
We ascended The Highlander, whose trailhead is located in the hiker’s parking lot. The climb is rocky, steep, and slippery. It meets up with the Salt Mountain Trail which loops around the mountain boasting 3 unforgettable look-offs over Bras d’Or Lake. Even though it was overcast, the views are absolutely stunning and showcase the scenic beauty of Whycocomagh Bay.
4. Wilderness Cabins—Explorers Only
Located a short drive from the park is Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins. This is the ultimate place to unplug, plus the off-grid retreat runs on solar power. Your secluded personal cabin sleeps four and is equipped with a private picnic area, BBQ and fire pit. Washrooms are located nearby in the Main Lodge which houses Nova Scotia’s first Off-Grid Pub. Grant & Jessica are the inspiring hosts who pioneered this unique project by hand.
5. The Great Trail
Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins provide access to The Great Trail. This is a 5k round-trip hike that is not to be missed. If you are looking for a less daunting adventure when visiting Salt Mountain, consider skipping The Highlander portion of the trail and entering and exiting the mountain via the campground.
Locals Know Blogs
My name is Riley Beaton and I am from Mabou, Cape Breton Island. I’ve always had a deep passion for adventure, the outdoors, and photography so getting to explore hidden gems on the Island that I love was very suiting and enjoyable. @rileybeaton2