Fishing Cove Trail - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Months of Operation

May 15 - October 18


Cape Breton Highlands NP, Cabot Trail


T: 902-224-2306



You are 355 metres (1165 feet) above sea level! Hike from the top of the mountain about 6 kilometres down to a small ocean cove and grassy clearing - the only designated wilderness camp site in the park. This was once the site of a Scottish fishing community and these settlers traded with the French for supplies. Explore the beach, roam the hills or swim in fresh or salt water. You must register at a park visitor centre prior to camping.

Trailhead: There are two trailheads, both on the Cabot Trail at the top of MacKenzie Mountain. 
Significant Feature: Acadian forest, ocean cove and headlands 
Length: 12 km (7.5 mi) return (also a 5.7 km (3.6 mi) alternate route)
Hiking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Elevation: 0 - 355 m (0 - 1165 ft.) 
Steep descent. Some muddy sections. No potable water on site.

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.761030 Long: -60.834544 (Southern Entrance)
Lat: 46.798085 Long: -60.846731 (Northern Entrance)

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 Chéticamp (16648 Cabot Trail, situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37639 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.

More Details

Detailed Information

Activities: Hiking
Directions: Two trailheads, both on the Cabot Trail at the top of MacKenzie Mountain - Northern (46.798085, -60.846731); Southern (46.761030, -60.834544).