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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Fishing Cove

Fishing Cove

Locator map - Fishing Cove
Hiking Backcountry Camping Pit privy

You are 355 metres (1,165 feet) above sea level! Hike from the top of the mountain about six kilometres down to a small ocean cove and grassy clearing – the only designated wilderness camp site in the park. This was once the site of a Scottish fishing community and these settlers traded with the French for supplies. Explore the beach, roam the hills or swim in fresh or salt water. You must register at a park visitor centre prior to camping.

Length: 12 km (7.5 mi) return
Elevation: 0 - 355 m (0 - 1,165 ft)
Time: 5 - 6 hours
Significant Features: Acadian forest, ocean cove and headlands
Steep descent. Some muddy sections. No potable water on site.

Trailhead: There are usually two trailheads, both on the Cabot Trail at the top of MacKenzie Mountain.  In 2016 only, the northern trailhead will be closed due to road construction.  The trail is still accessible via the southern trailhead.
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):  
Lat: 46.798085 Long: -60.846731 (Northern entrance)

Fishing Cove 
Map - Fishing Cove
Backcountry campground (Fishing Cove)Pit privyLook-offExhibitEmergency shelterEmergency telephoneLook-offExhibitCabot TrailLook-offExhibitParkingTrailhead (Southern entrance)Fishing Cove