Skip to main content

Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge Trail


18278 Cabot Trail

902-224-2306

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Trip Advisor Rating Based on 2 Reviews

Highlights

Note: Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada places will be different than it has been in the past. The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance. 

Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.

Parks Canada’s network of protected places is large and diverse. Visitor access, services, and even opening dates may vary across Cape Breton Island and Canso depending on local circumstances. 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 places.

Overview

Follow the route of the old Cabot Trail from Trout Brook as it gently climbs to a ridge midway up Jerome Mountain, offering views of the Atlantic along the entire length of this trail. Traces of Acadian history abound, with the remains of an old school, foundations of the former residents’ houses, and the old wharf at La Bloc visible at various points on the journey. Your efforts will be rewarded at the final look-off featuring spectacular views of Presqu’île and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. An exhibit at the look-off provides further information on the families who used to live here.

Trailhead: On the Cabot Trail across from the Trout Brook picnic area
Significant Features: Acadian history, ocean view
Length: 8.8 km (5.5 mi) return
Time: 2–3 hours
Elevation: 40–110 m (130–360 ft)
Long, gentle climb. Suitable for most skill levels.
Trail Rating: Easy

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.714762 Long: -60.933245

Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only
available from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required 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 and on the Parks Canada website.

Nearby Things To Do

MacIntosh Brook Trail

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Trip Advisor Rating 17 Reviews

Regions: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail

Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

Imagine a nice, easy, fairly level stroll along a babbling brook and through a mature hardwood forest with a scenic waterfall at the end. Ad...


46.8118 -60.7677

Gypsum Mine Quarry & Trail

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: Chéticamp

Gypsum Mine Lake is a 2.6 kilometre out and back trail located near Cheticamp that is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used...


46.62804 -60.96719

Robert's Mountain Trail

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: Pleasant Bay

Roberts Mountain is a 3.9 kilometer out and back trail located near Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada that offers scenic views and is good f...


46.83595 -60.78988

Locals Know Blogs