Nova Scotia has a wealth of provincial parks. Some are small picnic areas, and others are large parks with a variety of facilities. North River Provincial Park is situated 3.5 km (2 mi) off the Cabot Trail at North River Bridge on Cape Breton Island. North River is a small picnic park located
above the river and is well-known for fishing. A number of backcountry hiking trails begin at the park in the North River Wilderness Area. One wilderness trail (9km each way) leads through a spectacular steep-sided river canyon with deep salmon pools to a beautiful 32-metre (104 foot) waterfall.