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Jigging Cove Trail

33345 Cabot Trail

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Birders and other nature lovers simply enjoy the varied wildlife on this short relaxing trail, following the shoreline of a small man-made lake before connecting with Coastal Trail. The trail name comes from a neighbouring cove, where fishermen used to jig for cod. 

Trailhead: Parking lot on the Cabot Trail.  Can also be accessed from the Coastal Trail. 

Significant Feature: Acadian forest, lake

Length: 5 km (3.1 mi) return

Hiking Time: 2–3 hours

Elevation: 0–65 m (0–215 ft.)

Level trail. Rugged with wet sections. Ends at a boulder beach.
Trail Rating:
Easy

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.787754 Long: -60.346626

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 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.

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