Dominated by 350 year old sugar maple trees, the Grande Anse Valley is one of the largest old growth hardwood forests in the Maritimes. As one of the most protected areas of the park, access is restricted to this short trail. A replica of a Scottish crofter's hut is found at the beginning of the trail - find out why it's here. Keep an eye out for wildlife - moose like it here too.
Trailhead: On the Cabot Trail at the base of North Mountain Significant Feature: Old growth Acadian forest, Scottish heritage Length: 0.6 km (0.4 mi) loop Hiking Time: 15 minutes Elevation: 70 m (230 ft.)
Interactive loop suitable for most skill levels.
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.809804 Long: -60.733019
Open from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required all year for hiking or use of other services in the park. Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16648 Cabot Trail, situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37639 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.
For your comfort and safety:
- Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
- Take along appropriate clothing - rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
- Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
- Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
- Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
- Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
- Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
- Read "Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe" brochure, available at park visitor centres.
Core Experience: Outdoor Adventure
Government Level: National