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Jack Pine Trail


33637 Cabot Trail

902-224-2306

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Highlights

Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada-administered places may be different than it has been in the past. 

Please visit pc.gc.ca/ns and follow Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada-administered places. 

Overview

Note: Infrastructure improvements in the park may cause delays or reduce services while we complete this important work. We appreciate your understanding at this time.

This scenic trail overlooks the Atlantic coastline and winds through a post-fire jack pine stand. This pocket of jack pine is significant because it is separated from the rest of its range by 200 km. Interpretive panels tell the story of this area, beginning with a fire in 1921, a budworm infestation and the hardy vegetation that survives today in this harsh coastal environment. 

Trailhead: Turn off the Cabot Trail at the Black Brook day use area and turn left to the upper parking lot. 

Significant Feature: Atlantic coastline

Length: 2.3 km (1.4 mi) loop

Hiking Time: 1 hour

Elevation: 10–55 m (35–180 ft.)

Interpretive loop. Short climbs. Some rocky, rugged sections.
Trail Rating: Easy

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.778569 Long: -60.332248

Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only
available from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required all year for hiking or use of other services in the park; park entry fee applies.  Check in at the Parks Canada visitor centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.

For your comfort and safety:
– Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
– Take along appropriate clothing – rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
– Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
– Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
– Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
– Stay on designated trails and boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
– Read “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres and on the Parks Canada website.

– Recreational drone use is prohibited within the national park for the safety of wildlife and other visitors.

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