Pathways of Cape Breton provides information about hiking and camping in and around Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Cape Breton is blessed with a number of trails that lead to perfect areas for camping, animal watching (whale, moose, bald eagles, boreal birds, bears), hiking, viewing sunsets/sunrises, spectacular ocean and mountain views, and more.
Many trails are suitable for most skill levels while others provide a challenging climb for experienced hikers. There are trails that range from 0.5 km (15 minutes) to 12 km (5 to 6 hours).
On this website, we hope to provide you with what you should know before you visit Cape Breton’s trails. When hiking, your safety and comfort is of utmost importance. Here are some guidelines provided by Parks Canada:
- Do not approach, disturb, or feed wild animals.
- Leave with everything you bring in. Do not litter along the trails because it attracts wildlife and puts you and the animal at risk.
- Bring appropriate (weatherproof) clothing. Weather can change rapidly along the coast.
- If you hike alone, make sure someone knows where you are going.
- For summer, bring insect repellent as mosquitoes and black flies are common.
- Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated.
- Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
- Carry water with you.
- Check in at Parks Canada Visitor Centres to get park passes and information.