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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Salmon Pools

Salmon Pools

Locator map - Salmon Pools
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Ideal for a fitness walk or a stroll, this level trail follows the bottom of the Chéticamp River canyon with cliffs almost 400 metres (1,300 ft) high towering above. The First Pool is about 3.6 km up the Chéticamp River. The trail narrows and continues to Chance Pool where polished exposed bedrock makes a great location for a picnic. At the Second Pool the trail narrows to the Third Pool which marks the end of the trail. Watch for Atlantic salmon in the deeper pools. Listen for barred owls at dusk. Bicycles are permitted up to Second Pool.

Length: 12.2 km (7.6 mi) return
Elevation: 15 - 100 m (50 - 330 ft)
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Significant Features: Acadian forest, river canyon
Suitable for most skill levels. Short climbs. Some rocky sections.

Trailhead: At Robert Brook Campground (within Chéticamp Campground)
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.643298 Long: -60.946835

Map - Salmon Pools
Map - Salmon Pools
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