Fishing Cove

Trail Info
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Trail Info

Length: 12.02 km
Duration: 4-5h
Difficulty: 4
Cell Phone Service: No

Bio

Fishing Cove is an enjoyable 12km hike into the only camp-able wilderness area in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail descends 375m over 6km's as you walk through the mixed forest along Fishing Cove Brook. There are a few steep climbs but the trail is generally straight forward and highly enjoyable. There are a couple of valley look offs and plenty of benches to make use of on the way out. It is considerably more challenging on the way out as it mostly inclines.

Up until 1915, it was a lobster cannery but now all that remains is remote beauty. There is a small freshwater lake and ocean beach for use, outhouses, and firewood tends to be available on the beach. A total of 8 campsites are available and a permit must be purchased from the Parks Canada booth at the entrances to the park if you plan on making use of them.

There is an alternate route which in/out is just over 5km's from the profiled trailhead. It is an old road that runs in and comes out just behind the outhouses. This is a far less interesting route but works if you do not have the time for the full hike.

Directions

From the Cheticamp park entrance drive 24km until you see the sign for the parking area on the left.

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