Dalem Lake Provincial Park
3 km / 2 mi east of Boularderie East, 4 km/2.5 mi north off Highway 105 at St James Road.  Dalem Lake is a popular park on a small lake with hardwood-shaded tables and a white sand beach. There is a boat launch for non-motorized boats and a hiking trail 2.2 km (1.5 mi).

Park activities include sports fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, bird watching and exploring the area’s wildlife. The 74 hectare picnic park completely surrounds Dalem Lake, with a small sand beach suitable for swimming and is popular for paddling such as canoeing and kayaking. The park also permits licensed trout fishing. There is a 1 kilometre hiking trail encircling the lake. Boat launch, beach, trails

Ross Ferry Provincial Marine Park
Hwy 305, Ross Ferry
-Community-managed. Boat launch providing access to the Bras d’Or Lakes. Picnic tables, interpretive centreSmall day use area with a boat launch, boating and trail.

St Ann’s Provincial Park
51475 Cabot Trail, St Ann’s
Small day use area with picnic spot. Hiking, walking trail – A small picturesque picnic park on the shore of North Gut; tables under softwood trees. 500-m trail with lookoff.

Cabot’s Landing Provincial Park
1904 Bay St. Lawrence Road, Sugarloaf
Phone: (902) 563-4636
Cabot’s Landing Provincial Park is a picnic and beach park (North Harbour Beach) on the shore of Asby Bay, 10 km (6 mi) north of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Picnic tables are situated in the park’s open fields. Enjoy hiking and beachcombing along the sandy beach. The Park also features a National Historic Site cairn commemorating the landfall of John Cabot. Cabots Landing was formerly a launching site for Mi’kmaq to paddle to Newfoundland. The park features scenic vistas of the steep face of the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. The park is a good rest stop for kayakers, hikers and bicyclists travelling the northern coast of Cape Breton.

Cape Smokey Provincial Park
40301 Cabot Trail, Cape Smokey Victoria County, Cape Breton
Cape Smokey Provincial Park is on top of Smokey Mountain along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island where you will find picnic tables and fantastic, panoramic views. Cape Smokey is a popular rest stop for visitors to the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park area. The park has great bird watching and photography opportunities. A trail along the coast, 5 km (3 mi) each way, offers even more spectacular views. Rest stops are provided along the way. Allow 4 hours for this hiking trail.

MacCormack Provincial Park
2481 St. Columba Road, Iona
-Off Rte 223. A small picnic park overlooking Bras d’Or Lake, with tables scattered through a softwood forest. Beach access, view of picturesque Plaster Cove. 0.3 km (0.2 mi) north of Iona

Parks Canada: Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Franey Mtn CBHNP(Franey Mtn)
Cape Breton Highlands National Park 2014 Activity Guide
(Includes info on hiking, challenges, weekly activities – July-August, special events and more). A great resource for your visit to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park:

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is known for its spectacular highlands and ocean scenery. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs through the national park along the coasts and over the highlands.

The cool, maritime climate and rugged landscape permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, including old-growth forests of international importance. T: 224 -2306

Winter Highlands Wonderland
Immerse yourself in the magnificent winter wonderland that is Cape Breton Highlands National Park. In the winter, the park’s majestic plateaus and sheltered valleys become a veritable dreamland featuring the highest snowfall in Nova Scotia. Many of its 26 trails are suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing…surround yourself in the majestic of the Highlands by “Breaking Your Own Trail” – you will not regret this healthy experience in our natural environment. For information on winter activities, and to get a Winter Trail Map, visit or call 902-224-2306.
Cape Breton Highlands Snowmobile Trail Map
Elaine Wallace
Manager, Visitor Experience | Cape Breton Highlands National Park | Breton Cape Breton Field Unit | Cap-Breton Parks Canada Agency | Ingonish Beach, NS | B0C 1L0
Telephone 285-3006 or | Government of Canada |2011: 100 years

North River Falls Park

North River Falls 3
681 Oregon Road, North River Bridge
-Fishing & Hiking. A small picnic park from which number of backcountry trails begin. One leads through spectacular steep-sided river canyon with deep salmon pools and a beautiful 32 metre (104 foot) waterfall. 3.5 km (2 mi) off the Cabot Trail. A small picnic park located above the river, well-known for fishing. Provides access to hiking trail in North River Protected Area. Located 3.5 kilometres (2.1 miles) off the Cabot Trail at North River Bridge. From Highway 105 take Exit 11. For more information download the brochure on provincial hiking trails in Victoria County:

Northern Cape Breton

The Top of the Island is a rugged and breath-taking place that is one of the last undeveloped, authentic travel destinations on the east coast of North America. The northern location of the Top of the Island region, is central to activities and outdoor attractions located on both the East, and Western sides of the Island. The Top of the Island is a one-stop destination for guided eco-friendly, family friendly, and adventure based activities. Enjoy the natural, Top of the Island specific activities, while remaining close to everything Cape Breton, Nova Scotia has to offer.


While at the Top of the Island whether you hike, bike, kayak, drive, whether you camp, you’ll have the rare experience of being alone and surrounded by crisp clean air, an endless ocean of whales, and luscious green Highlands rising over unpopulated, open beaches.

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