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Waterfall Chaser – Challenge of a Hike!

Story by: Ashley George

Waterfalls are you waiting for, it’s waterfall season! 

Adventure seekers looking for a challenge should set their sights on Second Branch Humes River Falls. These beautiful waterfalls wait for you at the end of a 4.5 km hike that leads you through a hardwood forest. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon to build up an appetite!

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Watering The Soul

Looking for a challenge? Then Second Branch Humes River Falls is the hike for you! This hike is rated moderate to difficult (9.6 km return with a river crossing) and is worth the effort! As the trail begins you travel back in time with old rock wall foundations, followed by a beautiful trek through the forest, and a river crossing that lets you know you are almost there. Once you reach the trail’s end, you are greeted by an astonishing 15-metre-high waterfall pouring into the river below. Spend time relaxing, swimming or exploring the area (hint: you may even find another waterfall). 

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Time for refreshments

After a long but rewarding hike treat yourself to a delicious meal and locally brewed beer from Big Spruce Brewing.  Outdoor picnic tables and fireplace seating offer beautiful views of the Bras d’Or Lake UNESCO Biosphere ReserveBig Spruce takes Pride in welcoming everyone, their products and the environment; being “Eastern Canada’s only on-farm, organic craft Brewery,” farm-to-fork food truck on-site and beer-to-go in a biodegradable and compostable ring. Don’t forget to check their website for a list of upcoming events and live entertainment. 

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Unama’ki – the “Land of Fog”


Cape Breton Island weather can sometimes be harder to navigate than the trails, but don’t worry, just be prepared! Dress in layers to allow for changing temperatures and a mix of sunshine, rain and fog. No matter the weather there is still beauty to be found all around Cape Breton Island. 


The Keltic Quay in Whycocomagh is the perfect location for your waterfall-chasing adventures or any other adventures for that matter! Stay in one of 12 beautiful suites overlooking the northeastern shore of the Bras d’Or Lake! Enjoy your morning coffee on a private deck watching the wildlife, play crib by the fire or spend time on the water with on-site kayak, paddle board and canoe rentals. The Keltic Quay is only a short drive away from the world-famous Cabot Trail and Salt Mountain hiking trail at the Whycocomagh Provincial Park.   

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Ashley George

Ashley George

Summer sun, winter chill, falling leaves or budding trees, Ashley has a genuine passion for capturing the beauty of the Cape Breton outdoors. Our island has so much to discover and Ashley is determined to experience it all - and share it with you so that you can plan your next Cape-venture.

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