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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

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. Also a 5.7 km (3.5 mi) alternate route
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 two trailheads, both on the Cabot Trail at the top of MacKenzie Mountain
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):  
Lat: 46.761030 Long: -60.834544 (Southern entrance) or
Lat: 46.798085 Long: -60.846731 (Northern entrance)

Map - Fishing Cove 
Map - Fishing Cove 
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