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Jigging Cove Trail - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Birders and other nature lovers simply enjoy the varied wildlife on this short relaxing trail, following the shoreline of a small man-made lake before connecting with Coastal Trail. The trail name comes from a neighbouring cove, where fishermen used to jig for cod.

Trailhead: Parking lot on the Cabot Trail. Can also be accessed from the Coastal Trail. Significant Feature: Acadian forest, lake Length: 5 km (3.1 mi) return Hiking Time: 2-3 hours Elevation: 0- 65 m (0 - 215 ft.) Level trail. Rugged with wet sections. Ends at a boulder beach.

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

Lat: 46.787754 Long: -60.346626

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 Ch├ęticamp (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: Parking lot at Jigging Cove Lake on the Cabot Trail. Trail can also be accessed from the Coastal Trail.

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Jigging Cove Trail - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

33345 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: 2.5
Duration: 1.5 hours