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#1 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
We drove from Ontario to Cape Breton to PEI and the Highlands Park was our favourite part of the trip!' Spectacular hiking and trails, beautiful beaches, wonderful places to stay and eat nearby (don't miss The Dan...
Whether you want a short, easy hike or a challenging day-long adventure, Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park has it all--and every hike comes with a gorgeous view!
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#2 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
You will be driving through Cape Breton Highlands National Park where you will find 26 hiking trails which offers hiking enthusiasts everything from easy strolls to challenging hikes.
Bring your camera and your walking shoes - the best views and nature wonders in Canada Be sure to walk the Skyline trail - an easy 45 min walk on the top of the cliff - We even saw a moose!
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#3 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
This is THE trail featured in publicity about Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Highlands National Park with stunning views of the ocean from atop a cliff and a high chance of seeing moose.
If you are lucky to have a sunny day as we had, the calm and the colours will sure set you in contemplating mood, wandering how great is this nature and how lucky we are to able to enjoy it.
#4 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
I definitely think this is a must do trail if you are in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, especially if you're staying in the Ingonish area and most definitely if you happen to be staying at the Keltic Lodge.
Once you park and start the trail you will have a choice to continue or looo back, I highly recommend that on your way back you take that "D" loop because the trail is gorgeous.
Ingonish Beach Ingonish
#5 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
With sand of a Caribbean nature and the protection of a bay, the beach is a tranquil paradise, especially when visiting slightly out of season.
There is a trail next to the washrooms that takes you to a park, a fresh water lake and more hiking trails.
Uisge Ban Falls Baddeck
#6 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Even though the park is closed for the season, the trail was still accessible and great for snowshoeing.
This park offers a nice trail up a stream to some glorious falls.
#7 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Cape Smokey Provincial Park in Cape Breton Island offers grand views of the Atlantic the the coastal hills bedecked in flashing autumn foliage.
Before you reach the park, you have to drive up a steep section of the trail.
#8 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Groves point beach is a provincial park which has a beach and is a wonderful place to swim if you would like to spend your time at the beach for the day.
Nature at its best
#9 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
It is a nature trail with postings of native plants, a level trail perfect for all ages, and a scenic walk along the rocky coastline.
It runs from the Louisbourg Lighthouse car park, along the coast, with a loop at the end next to a cove's beach.
Acadian Trail Cheticamp
#10 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
This trail is one of the longer park trails (9 km loop) and climbs steadily to the top of the highlands plateau where you have magnificent views of the Gulf of St Lawrence as well as of the interior plateau.
I absolutely adored this trail and the lookout point at the very middle of the trail is a must...especially if you're hunting for the red chairs hidden throughout the park ; )
#11 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Fabulous park with amazing views of Sydney Harbour!!
This historic park is a great location for a picnic or family pictures.
#12 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park Coastal Trail 11.3 km RT (7 miles) can be hiked from the Black Brook Beach end or the Neil's Harbour end.
Even on rainy day, this is an exceptional beach to stop and enjoy nature.
Franey Mountain Dingwall
#13 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
We thought it was the Best Panoramic View of the trails we hiked in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, however it was also the most Difficult!
Parks Canada has placed a red Adirondack which makes for a great picture overlooking Ingonish beach and the river below.
#14 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Mary An Falls is about a 7 km drive on a dirt road off the main park road and then a short pleasant hike to the falls - definitely worth the time!
Bathroom available, no charge other than into the park itself.
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#16 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
This short quiet trail brought me closer to nature than all the other amazing sites in Cape Breton.
There was only room for around three cars near the trail head but I imagine one could park near White Point Harbor which is located right next to the trailhead.
#17 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
This beach along with the park is a sure winner to visit Warm water, great views,walking trails make this a favorite for locals and visitors alike.check it out!
This park and beach is a little hidden away, but is a gem when found.
#18 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Awesome park with picturesque views.
There are some trails in the park and it is by the St. Peter's Canal.
#19 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Waves crashing to shore and a great experience in nature.
We were at peace here, enjoying the sun and nature.
Egypt Falls Margaree Harbour
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#22 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
If you want an enjoyable walk that can recharge your batteries, and enjoy country scenery at the edge of a city then Baille Ard Nature Trails is a must to do.
Braille Ard Nature Trail
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#24 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
The park has interpretive panels and markers describing its historical significance as the North American landing spot of the explorer John Cabot.
You must visit this park!
#25 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Lovely little park with a nice boardwalk for strolling on!
Nice Oceanside Park
#26 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Gypsum Mine Trail Cheticamp
#27 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Go on the Cheticamp Back Road and park on the trail head to your right.
#28 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
This little park on the Whycocomagh Bay is such a quiet Beach Tranquil is how I like to describe it.
You park in the visitor's parking lot, which is just outside the gate of the park.
Canso Canal Port Hastings
#29 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
Bog Trail Ingonish
#30 of 78 Nature & Parks in Cape Breton Island
A flat, accessible, well maintained boardwalk for all fitness levels (thank you, parks system) creating a short loop trail through the bog.