Near Lake Ainslie, the largest fresh water lake in all of Cape
Breton, lies Egypt Falls. It may also be listed as Piper’s Glen in some
hiking books. The falls were originally called Appin Falls, named after
the Steward family of Appin, Scotland, who settled near the falls in the
The trail leading to the falls is short (only 15 minutes)
and downhill the whole way. The last five minutes forces you to ascend
the steep walls of the gorge, which houses the Matheson Glen Brook. This
brook is home to one of the only falls in Cape Breton which is wider
then it is tall (20 meters in width and less than half that in height).
final portion of the descent is quite steep and caution is advised. If
you take your time climbing, and enjoy the scenery of the woodland
hike, you will have a safe and memorable visit to Egypt Falls.
Trail TypeWaterfall, Mountain, Woodland