Cape Breton Hike

From $2595.00 to $2995.00May 25th, 2019 to October 19th, 2019

Location

Freewheeling Adventures

2118 Hwy 329, Cape Breton Highlands NP, B0J 1T0, Cabot Trail

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Description

Day 1: Uisge Bhan Falls (4 km) and Alexander Graham Bell Museum

Meet in downtown Halifax at 09:00, or the airport at about 09:45, for a 3 ½ hour transfer to Baddeck. If you prefer to avoid the drive from Halifax, you can fly one-way into Sydney, then taxi one hour to Baddeck. After lunch you will visit Uisge Bahn Falls. Gaelic for “white water”, and pronounced “Ish-ka Ban”, this one-hour walk leads you through a quiet hardwood forest to a misty 50 foot waterfall.  Afterwards, transfer to Baddeck to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. LD (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only)

Silver Dart Lodge, www.maritimeinns.com, Baddeck

Day 2: Cape Smokey, Mt. Franey (6km) and/or Middle Head (3.8km)   

Today's hikes take you into Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Your first hike today is to the top of Mt. Franey from which, on a clear day, the view of Ingonish and the Atlantic are spectacular! Middle Head is a pleasant walk out a rocky headland with amazing views of Cape Smokey and Ingonish Island. BLD

Keltic Lodge, www.kelticlodge.ca, Ingonish Beach.

Day 3: Mica Hill (8km) and White Point (2 to 6km)

Wind through the Acadian forest - a mixture of spruce, birch, hemlock, maple, oak, pine, ash and beech trees, as it climbs to a windswept plateau. The 360 degree views of the Aspy fault, coastal villages far below, and the mountains along the most northern tip of Cape Breton, are breathtaking. The pinnacle is also home to remarkable outcrops of quartz and mica. After a picnic lunch, explore the gorgeous coastline of White Point, and reflect on the unknown sailor whose grave is in this beautiful place. A late afternoon transfer takes you to Dingwall and your coastal resort overlooking a four-mile beach. BLD

Markland Inn, www.themarkland.com, Dingwall

Day 4: Fishing Cove (12km) and/or Skyline Trail (9km)

Today’s hikes are some of the finest of the Cape Breton Highlands. One descends to an idyllic cove with beach, waterfall, and meadow, far removed from anything but its own natural beauty. The other takes you along boardwalks and trails to an expansive vista, from where we often see whales, moose, and eagles, not to mention cyclists conquering the climbs of the Cabot Trail far below. Finish in the Acadian town of Cheticamp. BL

Maison Fiset, www.maisonfisethouse.com; Auberges des Pecheurs Inn, www.aubergedespecheursinn.ca; Silver Lining Inn, www.silverlininginn.ca; Cheticamp

Day 5: Acadian Trail (8.5km) or Salmon Pools Trail (9km), followed by transfer to Mabou

Today's hike takes you high above the Chéticamp River for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéticamp River valley and the park's highland interior. The trail honors the pioneers of Chéticamp who settled here more than 300 years ago. After hiking, you will transfer one hour to the musical hotbed of Mabou, where the delights include the Rankin Family’s Red Shoe Pub (www.redshoepub.com). Traditional musical entertainment is a nightly occurrence here, but first, we will dine at the only single malt whisky distillery outside Scotland. BD

Duncreigan Country Inn, www.duncreigan.ca, Mabou; or Glenora Inn & Distillery, www.glenoradistillery.com, Glenville

Day 6: Sight Point (up to 16km)

Just wait ‘til you see this hike! Cut into the edge of a hill that tumbles all the way to the sea, the path along

Sight Point has been known to leave hikers giddy with excitement, and maybe vertigo. This is the part of Nova Scotia that most reminds us of its namesake: Scotland. You may even see some sheep illustrating the area’s heritage. In any case, you will be amazed at the expansive sea views as you explore this trail – a good morning of hiking before transferring back to Halifax by day’s end. BL

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Detailed Information

Conditions: Guided Experience Includes: • Six days, five nights • Five breakfasts, five picnic lunches, and four dinners • Luggage handling • Van and guide support • Maps and trail notes 2019 Guided Dates: • June 15-20, June 29-July 4 • July 13-18 • August 10-15 • September 7-12 • October 12-17 (peak fall foliage) Guided Experience Price: $2995 CAD per person (taxes included) Self-Guided Package Includes: • Six days, five nights • Five breakfasts • Luggage handling • Daily consultation with your driver for lifts, etc. • Maps and trail notes 2019 Self-Guided Dates: request your choice of dates Self-Guided Package Cost: $2595 CAD per person (taxes included)

Affiliations

Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia