MacIntosh Brook Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Months of Operation

May 20 - October 10

Hours Of Operation

no maintenance in off-season.

Location

24150 Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands NP, Cabot Trail

Contact

T: 902-224-2306

F: 902-285-2866

E: cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca

Description

Imagine a nice, easy, fairly level stroll along a babbling brook and through a mature hardwood forest with a scenic waterfall at the end. Add to that the songs of forest birds and you have this relaxing trail.

Trailhead: MacIntosh Brook Campground and day use area 
Significant Feature: Old growth Acadian forest, waterfall
Length: 1.7 km (1.1 mi) return
Hiking Time: 30–45 min
Elevation: 30–65 m (100–215 ft.)
Suitable for most skill levels. Uneven trail surface (exposed roots) in some places.
Trail Rating: Easy

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.811806 Long: -60.767669

Open from mid-May to mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park; park entry fee applies. Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 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

Trail length: 1.70 km / 0.40 hrs
Trail type: Wilderness trail
Trail surface: Natural
Activities: Birding & wildlife, Hiking
Directions: Trailhead located at the MacIntosh Brook Campground and day use area.