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Backpacking & Wilderness Camping Listings

Cape Mabou Highlands

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Mabou

Length:   30+km (18.8+mi) totalHiking time:   1-8+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, biking*, ATVs*Uses (snow):   snowmobiling*, snowshoeingFacilit...

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Ceilidh Coastal Trail (part of Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Troy

Length: 22 km (13.75 mi) – Canso Canal to Chisholm’s Brook, Long Point (linear)Cell Service: YesDogs Permitted: On Leash Trail Surface: natural, beach cobble, hard surface, gravelThe Ceilidh Coas...

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Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Port Hastings

Length:   90.0 km (56.25 mi) – one wayType of Trail:   Crushed stone, natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walking, biking, horseback riding, ATVsUses (snow):   snowshoeing, cross-country skiing...

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Chestico Trail (part of Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Port Hood

Length: 17 km (10.5 mi) – Little Judique Harbour to Zutphen Farm Southwest Mabou River (linear)Cell Service: YesDogs Permitted: On Leash Trail Surface: Very good, crushed gravel surfacing for appro...

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Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Sydney

Length:   10.3 km (6.4 mi) total Hiking Time:   2+hrType of Trail:   crushed stone, compacted earth, natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walking, biking*Uses (snow):   snowshoeing, cross-countr...

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Fishing Cove Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

You are 355 metres (1165 feet) above sea level! Hike from the top of the mountain about 6 kilometres down to a small ocean cove and grassy clearing - the only designated wilderness camp site in the pa...

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Inverness Shean Trail (part of Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Inverness

The Inverness Shean Trail section of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail begins at Blackstone. About 4.5km (2.8mi) to Kenloch you will experience unsurfaced, but easily rideable coal dust covered treadway...

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Judique Flyer Trail (part of Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Judique

Length: 19 km (12 mi) – Chisholm’s Brook, Long Point to Little Judique Harbour (linear)Cell Service: YesDogs Permitted: On Leash Trail Surface: natural, gravel, ten decked trestles The Judique F...

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Lowland Cove Loop – Meat Cove

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Meat Cove

Length:   16 km (10 mi) returnHiking Time:   5+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, biking, horseback riding, ATVsUses (snow):   cross-country skiing...

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Mabou Rivers Trail (part of Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Mabou

The Mabou Rivers Trail section of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail can be accessed from Route 19 at four points. The first access point (Trail Marker 55) is on Route 19 about halfway between Port Hood ...

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