List of Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)

General Questions

Q: What is this site?
A: This site is a collection of maps, GPX / KMZ files, pictures, and information for all the hikes in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It was created in July 2013 to help hikers with planning their days. You can get detailed information and surprisingly exact directions to any trailhead. All information is provided as-is, with no guarantee of accuracy. Use it at your own risk.

Q: Do you recommend any hiking related literature for Cape Breton?
A: Without question, Michael Haynes “Hiking Trails of Cape Breton” books are the best resource in printed form. You can find them here: 1st Edition & 2nd Edition.

Q: Why was Alpine Quest chosen over all the other options for GPS measurement?
A:We chose/use Alpine Quest after Google pulled the plug on its MyTracks app which was used for the original data collections for this site. Alpine Quest is far more advanced than MyTracks, is constantly improving, and fairly priced. It also allows us to offer GPX / KMZ files for download.

Q: Why does this site ask me to share my location?
A: Our directions plugin can give you near-exact directions to any of the trailheads listed here by using the Google Maps API. We do not store your location information on our servers. Even if you do not share your location, you can still manually enter a starting point when using the directions feature.

Q: How can I add a trailhead to the main map?
A: Users can submit trailhead locations. You must be logged in to your profile to do this. From there you will see a new form opened up below the map which will allow you to add a trailhead. You can use the map and trail lists to find hikes that are close or on the way to your next destination. The directions built into the map can give you surprisingly exact directions to each trailhead.

Trail Questions

Q: The duration was longer or shorter than predicted on this site or the trailhead sign?
A: The durations on this site are based on an average hiker's pace and includes time for pictures, rest, and enjoying the hike. If you have updated information please send it to [email protected].

Q: The distance doesn’t line up with what I am reading or have tracked myself?
A: We use the Alpine Quest app toon Android to track the distance and elevation information on this site. Our distance measurements are the averages of all the information we have collected over the years from hiking these trails. For example, if we have six tracks of the same route for Franey, then the distance on the site is the avg distance of all six times.

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