Cape Mabou Highlands
The Cape Mabou Highlands should be on everybody’s list of go to places if you are spending some time on Cape Breton Island. Far from the usual tourist route, these trails offer dramatic vistas over the gulf of St Lawrence, elevation gains to get your heart pumping and leisurely strolls though some remnants of Acadian old growth forest (i.e. maple, beech trees with high canopy with ground covered by ferns). And all of this without the crowds of the National Park close by.
There are over 12 different trail segments varying in length from 300 to 6.4km and when you start adding them end to end you can easily spend a day or two exploring this part of the island. The Cape Mabou Trail club sells maps at the local store and you might be able to purchase them through mail if you contact them.
Mabou, NS B0E 1X0, Canada