Outdoor Adventure – Victoria County

Victoria County is Nova Scotia’s Outdoor Destination for Adventure  “All Seasons”



It is home to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and eight provincial day parks

Hiking Safety & Wildlife: The Big Three

When you live in or visit Victoria County, please respect our Black Bear, Coyote & Moose. Educate Yourself To Share Our Great Outdoors with Our Wildlife. The Big Three that you should be educated on before your outdoor adventure in our county includes: Moose, Bears & Coyotes.

Hiking safely with our wildlife is a shared responsibility: Organizations & You as a Participant.


  1. Back away!
  2. Act big!
  3. Make noise

Keep Coyotes Away…Walk with Friends and carry a noisemaker!



Some of the best coastal hiking trails in Nova Scotia are located here and in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.   Hikers across North America and Europe visit this area for hiking and attend annually the Hike the Highlands Festival in September.


One of Canada’s top adventures is to cycle the Cabot Trail – 300 kms over 6 mountains. A guide has been developed to help you plan and enjoy this unique adventure. There are many more scenic cycling routes for you to enjoy while visiting Victoria County

Mountain Biking

Sea Kayaking

Four outdoor companies provide some amazing scenery and coves to explore on Bras d’or  Lakes,  St. Ann’s Bay, South Harbour and  the Atlantic Ocean with Cape Breton Highlands in the background.

North River Kayaks
Eagle North  –
Seaspray Outdoor Adventures – Kayaking, hiking and cycling
Paddledog Sea Kayaking Tours

Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s Barrier-free (wheelchair accessible) Sport fishing Sites in the Province 

Information on barrier-free sportfishing sites in Victoria County area. The current  list of barrier free sites can be found at https://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/barrierfree-brochure.pdf

Whale watching
The Oshan – Bay St. Lawrence
Dixon’s Zodiac Seafari – Neil’ s Harbour
Keltic Express Zodiac Adventures – Ingonish
Ingonish Whalewatching Tours – Ingonish Beach

Sailing and Boat Tours  – Explore the Bras d’Or Lakes and  Bird Islands
Ameoba Sailboat Tours – Baddeck
Donelda’s Puffin Boat Tours – Englishtown
Bird Island Boat Tours – Big Bras d’Or
Cape Breton Lobster Adventure Tours – Baddeck

a) Cross country skiing –
1) North Highlands Nordic, Cape North,  12 km trails – groomed and track set for classic and skating, rentals, snowshoeing

2) Ski Tuonela – Goose Cove,  Cross Country (18 kms) and Telemark

b) Downhill Skiing – Ski Cape Smokey

c) Skating – Public skating at Victoria Highland Civic Centre, Baddeck; Neil’s Harbour/New Haven outdoor fun centre and comfort station; Rankin school of the Narrows outdoor Rink; Ingonish Outdoor rink

d) Snowshoeing


  • Annual Victoria County Snowshoe Fests (Jan – March 2018)


  • 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018 (Feb. 9 – March 18th) 

e)  Snowmobiling

An incredible trail system in the Highlands, dependable snow conditions, makes this County a paradise for Snowmobilers
Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club

Ocean Tides