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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Freshwater Lake

Freshwater Lake

Locator map - Freshwater Lake
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Washroom Picnic Area Wheelchair Accessible

Starting next to the ocean, this short, level trail follows the shoreline of a small lake that was once an ocean bay. A side trail (1.6 km return) follows the cobble barrier beach which separates the lake from the Atlantic Ocean.
Hear the unique song of the loon, or catch a glimpse of one from the viewing deck. Complete your stroll with a dip in the ocean or in the Freshwater Lake. Bicycles are permitted on this trail but pedestrians have the right of way.

Length: 1.7 km (1.1 mi)
Elevation: 0 - 15 m (0 - 50 ft)
Time: 30 - 40 minutes
Significant Features: Atlantic coastline, lake, beaver pond
Level, wheelchair-accessible trail. Suitable for families with young children.

Trailhead: The Ingonish Beach Day Use Area parking lot
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.650291 Long: -60.390789

Map - Freshwater Lake
Map - Freshwater Lake
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