Uisage Ban Falls Provincial Park – Hike/Snowshoe – website –
One of the most beautiful falls in Nova Scotia (pronounced ‘ush-ka ban’). Hwy 105, Exit 9 watch for signs. It 14.5 km north of Baddeck at 715 North Branch Road, Forks Baddeck. It features signage and clearly marked trails. 1.5-km (1-mi) trail leads to a spectacular 15-m (50-ft) waterfall in a granite gorge. 2-km (1.5-mi) trail following the North Branch River. Beautiful hardwood stands along cliffs. Brochure available. Parking, picnic tables (some with shelters).
For more information download the brochure on provincial hiking trails in Victoria County: Nova Scotia Parks
Dalem Lake Provincial Park
3 km / 2 mi east of Boularderie East, 4 km/2.5 mi north off Highway 105 at St James Road. Dalem Lake is a popular park on a small lake with hardwood-shaded tables and a white sand beach. There is a boat launch for non-motorized boats and a hiking trail 2.2 km (1.5 mi). Park activities include sports fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, bird watching and exploring the area’s wildlife. The 74 hectare picnic park completely surrounds Dalem Lake, with a small sand beach suitable for swimming and is popular for paddling such as canoeing and kayaking. The park also permits licensed trout fishing. There is a 1 kilometre hiking trail encircling the lake. Boat launch, beach, trails – more info, visit CB Island
Ross Ferry Provincial Marine Park
Hwy 305, Ross Ferry – website – Community-managed. Boat launch providing access to the Bras d’Or Lakes. Picnic tables, interpretive centreSmall day use area with a boat launch, boating and trail. More info, visit Nova Scotia Parks
St Ann’s Provincial Park
51475 Cabot Trail, St Ann’s – website – Small day use area with picnic spot. Hiking, walking trail – A small picturesque picnic park on the shore of North Gut; tables under softwood trees. 500-m trail with lookoff. More info, visit Nova Scotia Parks
Cabot’s Landing Provincial Park
Cabot’s Landing Provincial Park – website – is a picnic and beach park (North Harbour Beach) on the shore of Asby Bay, 10 km (6 mi) north of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. Picnic tables are situated in the park’s open fields. Enjoy hiking and beachcombing along the sandy beach. The Park also features a National Historic Site cairn commemorating the landfall of John Cabot. Cabots Landing was formerly a launching site for Mi’kmaq to paddle to Newfoundland. The park features scenic vistas of the steep face of the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness Area. The park is a good rest stop for kayakers, hikers and bicyclists travelling the northern coast of Cape Breton.
Cape Smokey Provincial Park
40301 Cabot Trail, Cape Smokey – website – is on top of Smokey Mountain along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island where you will find picnic tables and fantastic, panoramic views. Cape Smokey is a popular rest stop for visitors to the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park area. The park has great bird watching and photography opportunities. A trail along the coast, 5 km (3 mi) each way, offers even more spectacular views. Rest stops are provided along the way. Allow 4 hours for this hiking trail. For more information download the brochure on provincial hiking trails in Victoria County, visit Nova Scotia Parks.
MacCormack Provincial Park
2481 St. Columba Road, Iona – website – Off Rte 223. A small picnic park overlooking Bras d’Or Lake, with tables scattered through a softwood forest. Beach access, view of picturesque Plaster Cove. 0.3 km (0.2 mi) north of Iona. For more info, visit Nova Scotia Parks
Parks Canada: Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is known for its spectacular highlands and ocean scenery. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs through the national park along the coasts and over the highlands. The cool, maritime climate and rugged landscape permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, including old-growth forests of international importance. Website | Activities | Trails
Winter Highlands Wonderland
Immerse yourself in the magnificent winter wonderland that is Cape Breton Highlands National Park. In the winter, the park’s majestic plateaus and sheltered valleys become a veritable dreamland featuring the highest snowfall in Nova Scotia. Many of its 26 trails are suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing…surround yourself in the majestic of the Highlands by “Breaking Your Own Trail” – you will not regret this healthy experience in our natural environment. For information on winter activities, and to get a Winter Trail Map, visit Parks Canada or call 902-224-2306.
Cape Breton Highlands Snowmobile Trail Map – website | Email Elaine.Wallace@pc.gc.ca Manager, Visitor Experience, Cape Breton Highlands National Park | 285-3006
North River Park 681 Oregon Road, North River Bridge – website | video
Fishing & Hiking. A small picnic park from which number of backcountry trails begin. One leads through spectacular steep-sided river canyon with deep salmon pools and a beautiful 32 metre (104 foot) waterfall. 3.5 km (2 mi) off the Cabot Trail. A small picnic park located above the river, well-known for fishing. Provides access to hiking trail in North River Protected Area. Located 3.5 kilometres (2.1 miles) off the Cabot Trail at North River Bridge. From Highway 105 take Exit 11. For more information download the brochure on provincial hiking trails in Victoria County at Nova Scotia Parks
Northern Cape Breton
The Top of the Island – website – is a rugged and breath-taking place that is one of the last undeveloped, authentic travel destinations on the east coast of North America. The northern location of the Top of the Island region, is central to activities and outdoor attractions located on both the East, and Western sides of the Island. The Top of the Island is a one-stop destination for guided eco-friendly, family friendly, and adventure based activities. Enjoy the natural, Top of the Island specific activities, while remaining close to everything Cape Breton, Nova Scotia has to offer. While at the Top of the Island whether you hike, bike, kayak, drive, whether you camp, you’ll have the rare experience of being alone and surrounded by crisp clean air, an endless ocean of whales, and luscious green Highlands rising over unpopulated, open beaches.