Victoria County Hiking Trails Map
Please note & pay special attention to the following updates on the above Hiking Map:
#30 – Sugar Loaf Trail: The time should be 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
#19 – Money Pt Gulch Trail #19. The “old road’ is a continuation of the Money Point Road in Bay St. Lawrence. If one starts here the ‘hard’ part of the hike is climbing and descending the mountain. In the last part of the printed description mention is made of ‘bell’ in Bay Road Valley. This is a reference to the Bell Aliant building. It is a completely different way to approach the trail. The length of the hike and the difficulty are very different depending on which way you do it”.
Participate in Our 6th Annual Victoria County Trails Day Celebration
June 3 & 4, 2017
Paradise is Just a Hike Away
Victoria County Provincial Hiking Trails Map
Aspy Trail blog article – http://www.hikethehighlands.com/cape-breton-highlands-national-park/aspy-trail-back-again/
Baddeck / Middle River Trek
8.9 kms – MacMillan’s Mtn Rd to the Two Churches in Middle River
Bald Mountain Trail
3 hour Trail Hike – 1,113 ft mountain peak in NS. It ranks as the 29th highest mountain in NS. Wonderful View at Destination Point: “On Top of the World” Spectacular View of Iona, Kelly’s Mountain Look-off, etc on top of Bald Mountain. 5 kms round trip from trailhead. Extra 3 kms roundtrip from Fork (Recommended due to rough rd spots) – Left North.
Take Big Baddeck Road (Baddeck Forks) and go to the end of the road – Recommended to park at the fork 8.8 kms in (Left North) and continue on to the right path (Opposite Left North).
The Boiler Trail is located in Rear Baddeck Forks – Westside Big Baddeck Rd (3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left, take that road to the trail head) and concludes with a visit to the 1930’s Boiler Steamer. The hike is about 2 hours totaling 12,500 steps.
Guided Historic Hike – Boiler Trail
Length: 4.5 km Duration: 2 hrs Difficulty: 2-moderate. The trail follows the Old Rear Forks road (Westside Big Baddeck Rd, 3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left, take that road to the trail head) and is well maintained. SANS trail #760 enters approximately 100 m from the beginning of the trail and continues to a 1930’s boiler steamer and beyond. The first 1.5 km of the trail is passable with a vehicle in snow-free seasons. There is space for parking at the intersection of SANS trails #760 & #780. The trail to this point is a gentle grade with an elevation gain of about 200 feet. The next 1.5 km is relatively level with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. There is a small creek at this point with a bridge and guardrail. From this point the steepness of the trail increases with an elevation gain of about 340 feet over the next 1.5 km. Watch for the boiler on the right side of the trail. This portion is most pleasing as it passes through hardwood forest. The trail continues past the boiler and joins up with the SANS highland trails. The forest beyond the boiler is mostly young softwood. There are occasional views of the hillsides and valley. In addition to the historical significance of the boiler, the early portion of the trail skirts and crosses Mill Brook on which once stood a water-powered grist mill.
History – Boiler Trail: Leo Fownes Grandfather’s Boiler, used in the 1930’s, and abandoned when the war started. The old steam engine that ran the boiler was brought down the mountain by Leo & Stephen and is stored in our Leo & Joan Fownes Shop. Fownes bros late thirties brought it up ancient tech left in forties steam powered saw mills one Fownes. Passed a lot of softwood.
In operation (samples):
Bras d’Or Lakes Biosphere Watershed Trail Heads
Bras d’Or Lakes Biosphere Trail Inventory Matrix Existing & Proposed
Except for trails in DNR provincial parks, and
those operated by community, First Nations
and/or municipalities, signage is poor.
Please take a map and compass
when you use these trails.
This trail inventory and accompanying map are
a “WORK in PROGRESS”
Please report errors and ommissions!
Cape Mabou Highlands (Inverness County)
This wondrous highland network has 12 nature trails, measuring over 3o km in total (some trails may be closed due to a spruce bark beetle infestation). The trails takes you along old cart tracks, which connected pioneer settlements, and near sheer oceanside cliffs and isolated beaches. You will travel rising mountains, hardwood forests, glens, and meadows.
The trail system offers the option of several trailheads to start from and many rout possibilities ranging from approximately 5km to the entire 30km. You can buy trail maps at the Mabou Freshmart.
Cape Smokey Provincial Park
1100 ft, 8 km (5 miles). Hiking time: 3 hours. Cape Smokey – the further you go out on the trail becomes more rocky with tree roots. Expect this trail to be hard on the feet even with hiking boots on. There are eight look-offs to enjoy coastal scenery on this trail.
Dalem Lake Provincial Park
Approximately 1 km hike encircling a lake.
Dennison Rd Big Baddeck
*Snowshoe or ski on the Dennison Rd Big Baddeck – follow the Old Margaree Rd past VCMH to the highway- cross over the highway heading norht- take first right onto Big Baddeck Rd. Follow this road for 4 KM- the Dennison Rd is on your right. If you get to MacCharles Cross Rd, you gone a bit too far. Please park on right side of road only and as far off pavement as possible Old public road
Approximately 18 km.
Fairy Hole Trail (or Glooscap’s Caves)
Cape Dauphin; From Sydney, take Route 125 to the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 104). Continue until you cross the Seal Island Bridge. Once you cross the bridge you will be at the base of Kelly’s Mountain. Mid-way up the mountain, there is a sharp hair-pin curve with a gravel road that turns right in the middle of it. This is Newcampbellton Rd. You will drive on Newcampbellton Rd. to the end which is approximately 18km (this is Cape Dauphin). Park on the side of the road and the trail entrance is clearly visible to the left.
Mi’kmaq legend where it is said that Glooscap (a Mi’kmaq hero) used to live in this area and the cave was his domain. One day while out in his canoe, he was teased by two woman on shore and became very mad at them. Glooscap jumped in his canoe breaking it instantly into two pieces. These two pieces are said to be the bird islands which you can see off to the right from the shore (the famous puffins reside there). In his rage, Glooscap then turned the women to stone and they are said to be two stone pillars that now guard the cave. Also, in the 1700’s, the French considered Cape Dauphin as their fortress site but instead choose Louisburg. This is how Cape “Dauphin” derived its name.
It’s a quick hike to the falls. From your parking area, it’s only about 1.25km to the falls. You can hear the falls from the top of the cliff, but you can’t quite see them at that point. You have to scramble down the side of the cliff down to the river. There is a thick marine grade rope you can use to keep safe. It can be slippery with the mud and rocks, so if you decide to visit, make sure to take your time and watch your footing. Once down at the river you’re met with the river and these small falls. They’re not the most spectacular falls on Cape Breton but they’re still pretty cool!
Freshwater Lake & Look-Off Trail
2.5 km (1.5 miles). Hiking time: 45 minutes.
Gaelic College Trails
St. Ann’s; Total length of trails 7 km (4.5mi). Phone: 902.295.3441
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azduAyKuvqc The hike is about two hours to the mine and back. 7.2 kms total difference (3.6 Km one way). Some climbing at one point around a twenty/thirty foot gap/ravine. At the mine there is a little bit of climbing along the brook and a crossing of the brook which may give participants a soaker if the water is running high. Located in Middle River. Directions: As you enter the Cabot Trail at the Red Barn on Highway 105 travel through Middle River and on the Right you’ll see Gold Brook Road (http://www.viewpoint.ca/sidebarmap#!/summary/85010247/zoom/15) – Enter there and follow to the end. Hike will begin there
Highland Village Museum Site & Nature Trail
Humes River Falls
Humes River Wilderness Trail Proposal
Top of falls: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=732549543506744&set=vb.100002551166705&type=2&theater (Short Video)
River to the falls: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=732536443508054&set=vb.100002551166705&type=2&theater (Nice one!)
Resources (Maps, Points of Interest, etc.):
Kidston Island Walking Trails – Baddeck
Lewis Mountain Trail (MacPherson Brook)
Lewis Mountain (St.Ann’s Bay)
Lewis Mountain Trail – The Lewis Mountain Shared Use Trail is officially open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Volunteers have made improvements and the Baddeck & Area Snowmobile Club has recently groomed the trail. The parking lot at the end of Lewis Mountain Road is being maintained by TIR
The first part of the trail has a short uphill, then down and a flat stretch. After that there is a steady climb up Lewis Mountain and perhaps a side trail to the site of the old Morrison Farm.
Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Dress in layers- it gets warm going uphill and cooler on the return trip.
Poles are recommended
Directions from Baddeck
Take Highway 105 to the St Ann’s exit and turn left onto the Cabot Trail.
Travel about 5.5 km; Turn left onto Lewis Mountain Trail Road.
Directions from Sydney or North Side
Take Highway 105 to the St Ann’s exit and turn right onto the Cabot Trail.
Travel about 5.5 km Turn left onto Lewis Mountain Trail Road.
Meat Cove (Inverness County via Victoria County)
1100 ft; Meat Cove is steep and will be hard on the calfs and heels going up and thighs going down. The views are incredible on top of this mountain. Take time to explore and enjoy them; Park at the Meat Cove Welcome Centre and area. There are washrooms at the Welcome Centre as well they serve food and also have a CAP Site.
The Meat Cove Mountain trail follows a small creek bed upward through a hard wood forest comprised mostly of birch. This steady climb of 233m over 3/4km can be difficult but only lasts about 25 minutes if you take your time and have some well deserved breaks.
As you reach the top, the trail levels off and opens to a grass flatland littered with blueberries in early September and traces of bear – The view from the top is 360º of WOW. It’s difficult to take a bad photo. The ridge stretches 1km in length and is quite easy to navigate on the well worn path. Here you will receive a view unmatched by many. Perched 900ft above the Meat Cove River, you realize why they call this the Highlands. You can also look toward the Atlantic Ocean and get a great view of St. Paul’s Island.
Knowing that it is only a quick 25 minute hike back down allows you to sit and enjoy the view as long as you possibly can.
Money Point Mountain / “Gulch”
“Dragons Spine” of Money Point Mountain – Money Point Gulch
MacPherson Brook Trail
Money Point Light Trail
The trail begins at the end of Money Point Road, Bay St. Lawrence . Section 1 – Hikers will climb a mountain approximately 45-50 minutes to the top. Section 2 – A 2.2 km hike across the cape on a reasonably level old road. After 300 m the trail converges with a road coming from the right. We keep straight. After another 1.7 km we take a trail bearing off 60 degree to the left. Section 3 – The third leg is 1.7 km down an old very rutted, gravely, trail made narrow by alders. One gets views of Aspy Bay, White Point, and St. Paul Island. Elevation change: 328 m; Approximate time: 45 minutes (Allow at least an hour for the return up.) Section 4 – The fourth leg is 1.4 km hike (20 minutes) on a level trail along the top of a 25 m cliff dropping to the water. If one goes to the edge of the bank, one can perhaps find remnants of two shipwrecks. Several hundred meters along the trail one passes the square cellar hole of the original Cape North Light that was built in 1876 and burnt down about 1908. In 1908 a stone lighthouse was built 1 kilometer on the trail. This magnificent light served the area until 1981. In 1981 the lighthouse was disassembled stone-by-stone and reassembled as a museum in Ottawa where it remains today. A ‘cheap’ plywood lighthouse was erected in its place. On May 10, 2010 the Canadian Coast Guard started tearing down the wind damaged plywood lighthouse. It has been replace with a steal tower and solar panels. Hikers return by hiking Section 4, then section 3 and to section 2 to the intersection.
Other notes – The accents and descents are on rocky, gravely surfaces. YOU NEED GOOD FOOTWEAR – hiking boots. Weather conditions may change quickly. BRING A WINDBREAKER. Recommended to have hiking poles for accents, descents and balance on difficult terrain. Total elevation change 630 m.
Time/Distance: 4-4.5 hrs / 10 km / Difficulty Rating: 5E
Trail head/Starting Point: At the end of the Money Point Road
North River (Big) Falls
- 18 kms. Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours
North River Falls Stats:
-31,500 Steps -14.41 Miles -5611 Calories Burned -140 floors… -96 Heart Rate
(Call 902.295.2554 to check trail status)
North River Little Falls
Length: 2 km Duration: 30 – 45 mins
A short hiking trail that takes you through a forested area to the Little Falls of North River. An area popular for different types of fungi along the way. Some great photo opportunities on this hike.
Trailhead starting point: North River Provincial Park at end of the Oregon Road – 5 kms gravel off the Cabot Trail.
Rear Barachois Trail
2.5 hour Hike – Please take water & snack, sturdy boots
Park at Barachois Bridge – Spectacular Views For You!
Begins on the old Cabot Trail to old farms (Not farmed in 50-60 yrs) to the power lines.
Red Island Trail
(Entry – to the right of the St. Ann’s Bay United Church Hall Tea Room on the Cabot Trail )
Roberts Mountain (Pleasant Bay, Inverness County)
Northeast tip of Cape Breton Island – 1126 feet, 4 km; The hike is broken down into three sections:
Section 1 – The trail follows a ‘wood’ road up to a communication tower and building.
Section 2 – the trail is steeper and follows a dirt path through second growth spruce.
Section 3 – The path goes straight up through an exposed clear field to the top of the mountain. The trail is very steep and the footing is loose gravel.
Ski – Tuonela
Located 10km (6mi) past the Gaelic College on the Cabot Trail – St. Ann’s. 15km (9mi) of groomed woodland trails; some challenging hills. Telemark hill and 125m (400ft) serviced by ski tow; 4km ski to lodge. Open Dec. to April. email@example.com. Phone: 902.929.2144
Silver Dart Trail
*Park at the parking lot at Alderwood seniors complex on Shore rd- trail behind the Silver Dart- good for all levels of ability- ski or snowshoe this is private property, so best to check with Silver Dart before accessing.
Smokey Mountain Parking Lot to the Microwave Towers
This trail provides two great panorama views of the North Shore and of Ingonish …. take your camera. You will hike up an old road to both locations. You will pass a few towers along the way. 3 kms 1-1.5 hours. Difficulty Rating – 2C . This hike will take place directly across the Cape Smokey Provincial Park
Trailhead/Starting Point – Please park your cars in the Cape Smokey Provincial Park. We will walk out from parking lot and cross the Cabot Trail highway and begin the hike.
It is a rocky roadway that is used by employees to access the microwave towers. Once up there it is open, very rough and the view is awesome. At the top you can wonder around to get good vantage points.
There are two microwave towers. It is uphill on the way up, downhill on the way back. Rocky underfoot so good footwear advised. Open, basically no trees, and high altitude, so it could be windy and cold. Wind breaker and head cover advised. Water bottle is a good idea also.
(Directions: Drive to picnic park entrance on top of Smokey Mountain. If park is open – can park in the parking lot at park site. If not, park on pull-off just before the entrance or pull into road on left just after picnic park entrance.
Surprise Cove Trail
*Old road between Plaister Mines and Big Harbour- Trail has been packed with a skidoo, so conditions will be great. this is an old public road and trail is maintained by ATV and snowmobile clubs. It is a flat trail, sheltered and good for snowshoes or cross country skis Dress in layers, mitts might be better today than gloves. Poles recommended.
Plaister Mines (off Route 205) (Just past Highland Cemetery) – leave baddeck oalong the water past the bell museum beinn breigh and on the right you’ll see plaister mines, head down that rd, 1 km or so and you’ll see an old yield sign on the left, that is the trail, amazing in there. Plaister Mines Rd, which is off route 205 (Baddeck Bay RD) OK to promote this, is old public road and trail maintained by ATV and snowmobile clubs
Uisge Ban Falls Provincial Park – Hike/Snowshoe (All Seasons!)
Please note: River Trail is Closed! (May 28, 2017):
Directions: Follow the Old Margaree Rd north over the overpass. Travel about 5.5 Km to a single Lane bridge. Turn right and follow this road until you see a sign for the North Branch Rd. Turn left and follow this road to the end. Park here
4632 total steps
Former Councilor Athol Grant (District 2) Brings You On a Hike to Uisge Ban Falls: Touring Uisage Ban Falls
One of the most beautiful falls in Nova Scotia (pronounced ‘ush-ka ban’). Hwy 105, Exit 9 watch for signs. It 14.5 km north of Baddeck at 715 North Branch Road, Forks Baddeck. It features signage and clearly marked trails. 1.5-km (1-mi) trail leads to a spectacular 15-m (50-ft) waterfall in a granite gorge. 2-km (1.5-mi) trail following the North Branch River. Beautiful hardwood stands along cliffs. Brochure available. Parking, picnic tables (some with shelters). http://www.visitbaddeck.com/adventure/bahn.html
7 km (4.3 miles). Hiking time: 2 ½ hours.
Wilkie Sugar Loaf Trail
1400 ft; Located just 1km North of Cabot Landing Provincal Park, Wilkie Sugarloaf Mountain gives you a view of Northern Cape Breton which you will soon not forget. Park at Cabot Landing Provincial Park (There is no parking lot at Sugar Loaf). Trailhead from the parking lot – walk 1km to the start of the trail. A map has been included to help you with the location of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Cabot Landing Provincial Park.
Incredible views on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Recommend poles for balance and stability going up and down.
Wilkie’s Gulch / Cabot Landing View Trail (Behind Sugar Loaf)
2.5 hour Hike; Distance is roughly 6 km. The incline is not steep but the trail portion is uphill. Park at the Aliant Building on Bay Road between Bay St Lawrence & Cape North. Cross the street to the trail.
*Spectacular Views, Social and Physical Activity Awaits.
6km Return; White Point was once a busy little place. By 1922 it was home to a lobster factory, church, school and a sawmill, not to mention many homes. Now all that remains to mark what was once a booming French fishing village are a few stone foundations and a cemetery, with a cross marking the final resting place of the unknown sailor.
From White Point you can look across Aspy Bay to Cape North and Money point. Or let your eye follow the coast to the white sand of Dingwall and Cabot Landing. And far on the horizon you can just make out St. Paul Island. The trails on White Point can lead you aimlessly around the point. The best way to follow them is to take the most prominent of the trails down to the point itself. From there if you turn around toward where you came from, and look toward your left you will see a small trail leading to a hill marked with a pile of stones at the top. Rounding the base of this hill on the ocean side you will pick up the trail and notice that it is mark the rest of the way along the coast with red paint splashed on the rocks.
This trail takes you to Big Burnt Head Cove. Perched upon a cliff, this is a great place to sit and relax, have a picnic. You will notice that there are many of them around. Look for Bald Eagles circling overhead.
Wreck Cove Hydro Trail
Oh, the Places You’ll Go…Surge Lake, Wreck Cove
4.86 kms; 3:05:21 hours
Spectacular views, challenging uphill – one way
You’ll visit Dam-Phase 1 Road (Hydro Project) – 40 years later
Round trip 4 mile – dam, lake, Breathtaking
Don’t Forget Your Camera, Water and dress accordingly!
CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK TRAILS
Branch Pond Look-off
8.1 km (5 miles) return. Hiking Time: 2 to 3 hours; Branch Pond look-off. This trail 8 plus km takes you into the interior of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in a barren area. You have a great view of Cape Smokey and North Mountains range.
Pollett’s Cove Trail
Approximately 19 km return.
Hiking Time: 8 hours
8.4 km; Climb 365 metres above the Chéticamp River for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéticamp river valley and the Park’s highland interior. Benches along the way let you rest periodically and enjoy the scenery. Watch how the forest changes as you climb steadily to the top and be on the look out for black bear and moose.
Caution: long steep climb, carry water.
Trailhead: Opposite the Chéticamp Visitor Centre.
Significant Feature: Ocean and mountain scenery
Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours
Elevation: 20 – 365 m (65 – 1200 ft.)
Trous de Saumon Trail
13 km (8 miles). Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours.
Le Chemin du Buttereau Trail
5 km (3 miles). Hiking time: 1.5 to 2 hours.
8 km (5 miles). Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours.
7 km (4.3 miles) loop. Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours.
0.6 km (0.4 miles) loop. Hiking time: 20 to 30 minutes.
3.2 km (2 miles) return. Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours.
Fishing Cove Trail
-16 km (10 miles). Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours.
-2 hrs / 5.7 kms; Short trail down to Fishing Cove and the uphill on way back. Descend through hardwood Acadian forest to a small cove on the Gulf of St. Lawrence ( Atlantic Ocean), once home to several Acadian families and a small lobstery cannery. Prime example of 17 forested canyons in the national park. whales, eagles, gannets, kingfishers can been seen in the cove. Steep Uphill returning.
2.8 km (2 miles). Hiking time: 50 minutes.
The Lone Shieling
0.8 km (½ miles) Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours.
9.6 km (6 miles) Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours.
John D. and Lobster Lake Trail
15 km (9 miles) return. Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours.
Jigging Cove Lake and Brook Trails
7 km (4.5 miles) return. Hiking time: 2 hours.
11 km (6.6 miles). Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours.
Jack Pine Trail
2.8 km (1.7 miles). Hiking time: 1 hour.
Broad Cove Mountain Trail
3.2 km (2 miles). Hiking time: 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Warren Lake Trail
8.5 km (5.3 miles) loop. Hiking time: 2 ½ to 3 hours.
Lake of Islands Trail
25.8 km (16 miles) return. Hiking time: 8 to 9 hours.
7.4 km. Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Climb 366 metres in 3 hours or less. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Clyburn Valley and Middlehead. Hike through mixed woods to a cliff-top look off providing breathtaking views of the Clyburn Valley and the surrounding highlands, extending ridge upon ridge into the distance. You are in the domain of ravens and eagles and they can be seen below you, soaring among the walls and buttresses of the cliffs.
Clyburn Valley Trail
9.2 km (5.7 miles) return. Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours.
Middle Head Trail
4 km (2 ½ miles). Hiking time: 1 ½ to 2 hours.
2 km (return) with a steep uphill on the way back.
4 hour trail
Big Farm Road Trail
*Excellent and sheltered. – wood road at the end of the Big Farm Rd in Big Baddeck This is suitable for snowshoes or skis and good for all levels of fitness. Trail is through mostly hardwood and is quite sheltered. You need to know where to go or you could get lost. It loops around and there are several off-shoots
Bell Bay Golf Course
*Excellent. OK if no wind. It is technically a private club so best check with Bell Bay Golf Course