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Coastal Trail - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

This scenic trail hugs the ocean, briefly joining the Jack Pine Trail then continuing along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches. The trail connects with Jigging Cove Trail.

Trailheads (2): At Black Brook and Halfway Brook, near Neil’s Harbour Significant Feature: Atlantic coastline, headlands Length: 11 km (7.0 mi) return Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours Elevation: 0 - 45 m (0 - 150 ft.) Short climbs. Rocky, rugged sections. Trail crosses boulder beaches.

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):

Lat: 46.778569 Long: -60.332248

Lat: 46.807398 Long: -60.344756

Open from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park. Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 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.


Activities: Birding • Hiking

Cell Service: Partial

Core Experience: Outdoor Adventure

Government Level: National

Pets Policy: Leashed

Trail Surface: Natural

Trail Type: Wilderness

Other Info

Directions: Two trailheads located at Black Brook and Halfway Brook, near Neil’s Harbour.

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Coastal Trail - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

32816 & 32845 Cabot Trail
Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS

no maintenance in off-season.

Phone: 902-224-2306
Fax: 902-285-2866

Website: http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/capebreton

Distance: 5.5
Duration: 2 hours