Common menu bar links

Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Hiking

Hiking

Cape Breton Highlands National Park's hiking trails range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn't end at the park's boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails.

Hiking Trail Map for Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The following is a list of Cape Breton Highlands National Park's hiking trails. Distances are round-trip with average walking times. Click on the trail name for more detailed information.

TrailDistanceTimeElevation
Acadian (loop) 8.4 km 3 - 4 hours 20 - 365 m
Salmon Pools 12.2 km 3 - 4 hours 15 - 110 m
Le Chemin du Buttereau 4.6 km 1.5 hours 25 - 65 m
Le Buttereau (loop) 1.6 km 30 - 45 minutes 0 - 55 m
Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge 9 km 2.5 - 3.5 hours 40 - 110 m
Corney Brook 6.5 km 2 hours 30 - 170 m
Skyline 7.5 km or
9.2 km (loop)
2 - 3 hours 290 - 405 m
Bog (loop) 0.5 km 15 minutes 410 m
Benjie's Lake 3 km 1 - 1.5 hours 400 m
Fishing Cove 5.7 km or
12 km
2 - 3 hours or
5 - 6 hours
0 - 355 m
MacIntosh Brook 1.7 km 30 - 45 minutes 30 - 65 m
Lone Shieling (loop) 0.6 km 15 minutes 70 m
Aspy 9.6 km 3 - 4 hours 60 - 450 m
Glasgow Lakes Look-off 9.2 km 3 - 4 hours 260 - 460 m
Jack Pine (loop) 2.3 km 1 hour 0 - 50 m
Coastal 11.3 km 3 - 4 hours 0 - 45 m
Jigging Cove (loop) 2.4 km 40 - 50 minutes 50 - 65 m
Green Cove 0.2 km 10 minutes 10 m
Broad Cove Mountain 2.3 km 1 hour 35 - 180 m
Warren Lake (loop) 4.7 km 1.5 hours 15 m
Branch Pond Look-off 8.1 km 2 - 3 hours 100 - 305 m
Franey (loop) 7.4 km 2 - 3 hours 95 - 430 m
Clyburn Valley 8.5 km 2 - 3 hours 5 - 50 m
Middle Head 3.8 km 1.5 hours 0 - 45 m
Freshwater Lake Look-off 0.3 km 10 minutes 10 - 45 m
Freshwater Lake 1.7 km 30 - 40 minutes 0 - 15 m


Remember that you are hiking in a protected wilderness environment.

  • Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
  • Hike with friends and a solid walking stick.
  • If you choose to walk alone, tell somebody where you are going.
  • Pack in, pack out. Littering attracts wildlife and puts you and the animals at risk.
  • Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
  • Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
  • Dress appropriately. Weather may change rapidly on the plateau and along the coast.
  • Bring water, especially for longer trails, climbs and open barrens.
  • Bring insect repellant. Black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.

Freshwater LakeFreshwater Lake Look-offFreshwater LakeMiddle HeadClyburn ValleyFraneyBranch Pond Look-offWarren LakeBroad Cove MountainGreen CoveJigging CoveCoastalJack PineGlasgow Lakes Look-offMacIntosh BrookLone ShielingFishing CoveBenjie's LakeBogSkylineCorney BrookLe vieux chemin du Cap-RougeLe ButtereauLe Chemin du ButtereauSalmon PoolsAcadianFreshwater Lake Look-offMiddle HeadClyburn ValleyFraneyBranch Pond Look-offWarren LakeBroad Cove MountainGreen CoveJigging CoveCoastalJack PineGlasgow Lakes Look-offLone ShielingMacIntosh BrookFishing CoveBenjie's LakeBogSkylineCorney BrookLe vieux chemin du Cap-RougeLe ButtereauLe Chemin du ButtereauSalmon PoolsAcadianAspyAspy