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Half-Day Hikes

If you're looking for a hike of 2-4 hours on a moderate or easier trail, Cape Breton Island has many options from the famous Skyline Trail to numerous coastal or woodland walks.

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Acadian Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

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Climb 365 metres above the Chéticamp River for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéti...

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Aspy Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

This trail meanders along the Aspy fault, through an Acadian and mixed forest. As nature reclaims land once used for farming and logging, a regenerated forest begins to blend in with the old growth. T...

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Ben Eoin Provincial Park

Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive Community: Ben Eoin

Ben Eoin Provincial Park is a small secluded park on an old farm against hardwood-covered hills in the Bras d’Or Lake region on Cape Breton Island (5549 Highway 4). Picnic tables can be found ...

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Benjie’s Lake Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

On the plateau at the top of French Mountain, this trail crosses wet barrens and evergreen forests typical of the highlands, ending at a small lake. Boardwalks in some sections keep you dry and protec...

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Bog Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

In keeping with Parks Canada's mandate to protect the natural environment, a boardwalk keeps your feet dry as you walk while preventing you from trampling the fragile life in this highland plateau bog...

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Branch Pond Look-off Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

The trail explores Acadian, boreal and taiga land regions and leads to a viewpoint offering an impressive view of the Atlantic coast and the park interior plateau, with Cape Smokey and Cape North appe...

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Broad Cove Mountain Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

This switchback trail leads through a dense forest of softwood to the top of Broad Cove Mountain for exceptional views of the rocky Atlantic coast, with Middle Head and Cape Smokey in the distance. Yo...

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Cabots Landing Provincial Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Sugarloaf

Cabots Landing Provincial Park is a picnic and beach park (North Harbour Beach) on the shore of Aspy Bay, 10 km (6 mi) north of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Picnic tables are situated in...

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Cap Auguet Eco-trail

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

On one side is a wilderness-gnarled windblown forest, streams and bogs and scraps or meadow. On the other side are endless ocean vistas - a view of the sea which stretches all the way from here to Eur...

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Perfect Picnic

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP

Everything tastes better when you eat outside! Have a hassle free perfect picnic with meals prepared by local restaurants. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Place your order the night before 2.Pick up your ...

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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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Cape Smokey Provincial Park

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Ingonish

Length:   11 km (6.75 mi) return Hiking Time:   3+hrType of Trail:   natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walkingUses (snow):   snowshoeingFacilities:   outhouses, picnic tables, garbage cans,...

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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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