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The region from Neils’s Harbour to Meat Cove is an area that offers outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of activities that allow them to experience first hand the rugged beauty for which northern Cape Breton is deservedly famous. Moreover, these activities are not reserved for the elite adventurer, but may be pursued and enjoyed by visitors with a wide variety of fitness levels.

Wilkie Sugar Loaf

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Outdoor Adventure

Length:   3 km (1.9 mi) return Hiking Time:   2+hrType of Trail:   natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walkingUses (snow):   snowshoeingFacilities:   noneDog Use:   off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map:   11K16 (Dingwall)Rating (1-5):   3Trailhead GPS Reference:   N 46 57” 08.7’ W 60 27” 42.8’Access Information: Turn off the Cabot Trail at Cape North Village onto the Bay St. Lawrence Road. At 9.9 km (6.2 mi), you will pass the entrance to Cabot Landing Provincial Park. Continue another 1 km (.625 mi);…

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Money Point

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Outdoor Adventure

Length:   13 km (8 mi) return Hiking time:   4+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, mountain biking (if you are really tough!), ATVsUses (snow):   snowmobiling*, cross country skiing*, snowshoeingFacilities:   noneDog Use:   off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map:   11N01 (Cape North)Rating (1-5):   5 [steep climb, remote location]Trailhead GPS Reference:   N 47 00” 46.5’ W 60 26” 24.7’Access Information: Turn off the Cabot Trail at Cape North Village onto the Bay St. Lawrence Road. At 15.5…

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North Highlands Nordic Cross-Country Ski Facility

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Outdoor Adventure

North Highlands Nordic, situated on the Cabot Trail near the northern tip of Cape Breton, is a premier winter destination for cross country ski and snow shoe enthusiasts.  A network of approximately 12 kms of trails is mechanically groomed on a regular basis with a Pisten Bulley grooming machine for both classic and skate skiing. There are trails for all levels of ability. North highlands Nordic operates out of a staffed, heated  room in the…

Telephone 902-383-2479

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Meat Cove Oceanside Chowder Hut

Local-food Restaurant Seafood

Culinary

Directly across from the Meat Cove Campground is the Meat Cove Oceanside Chowder Hut. After an eventful day of activities in Meat Cove, you may want to take a break from cooking. Why not stop over at the Oceanside Chowder Hut and let us cook for you?! At our Chowder Hut, we have become known for our outstanding homemade chowder, served with a homemade roll. Also extremely popular on our menu are our delicious crab…

Telephone 1-902-383-2379

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Lowland Cove Loop – Meat Cove

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Outdoor Adventure

Length:   16 km (10 mi) returnHiking Time:   5+hrType of Trail:   natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow):   walking, biking, horseback riding, ATVsUses (snow):   cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeingFacilities:   camping, tables, water, outhouses (at trailhead only)Dog Use:   off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map:   11N02 (Cape St. Lawrence)Rating (1-5):   4 [distance, elevation change]Trailhead GPS:   N 47° 01” 35.2’ W 60° 33” 33.3’Access Information: Turn off the Cabot Trail at Cape North Village onto the Bay St. Lawrence Road. At 15.5 km…

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The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages – Restaurant

Restaurant

Culinary

Our talented chefs have revitalized The Markland Restaurant and have made a point of celebrating local cuisine with wild halibut, lobster, snow crab, seafood chowder, scallops and oysters along with choice beef, chicken and pasta. Our restaurant offers a continental breakfast and dinner in a warm environment that welcomes families. Please see the many positive reviews received by our restaurant last season. Our wines are selected from an outstanding sommelier in Halifax and we are…

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The Bay Café

Restaurant

Culinary

Located on the beautiful Bay St. Lawrence, Bay Café is the place to be for delicious home-cooked meals and baked goods. Taste a slice of home made pie, or our delicious strawberry shortcake. We also carry a feature of the day, which your friendly server will be happy to tell you on your visit. 

Telephone 1-902-383-2993

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Meat Cove Mountain

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Outdoor Adventure

This challenging 90 minute trail is rich with spectacular views, from the ocean to the unique and beautifully rugged landscape of Meat Cove.Elevation 233Length 3.5km Return

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Kayaking in Meat Cove

Canoeing

Outdoor Adventure

Kayaking in Meat Cove is like no other. Strap in the Kayak and let the rugged Atlantic coast of Meat Cove show you what it has to offer. You will see some of the most amazing views that the Island has. When kayaking in Meat Cove it can almost be guaranteed you will see all sorts of wildlife. You will see the majestic minke whales, pilot whales, the curious seals that will surface to watch…

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Neil’s Harbour Chowder House

Restaurant

Culinary

When locals and visitors alike flock to your restaurant for the freshest seafood around, you know you've got a good thing going on. The Chowder House, a hidden gem on the Cabot Trail, fi ts that bill perfectly. The breathtaking ocean views and spectacular natural beauty are only out-done by the brilliantly fresh lobster, steamy bowls of seafood chowder, the sweetest crab around and succulent, plump mussels. All served up with pride and in a…

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Mountain Pine Adventure – Ziplining/Rock Climbing/Paddle Boarding/Experiential Dining

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Outdoor Adventure

Treetop ziplining, stand-up paddle boarding and a rock climbing wall are all designed to thrill and invigorate. Throw in some experiential dining and you'll see why Mountain Pine Adventures is known for offering unique perspectives and unparalleled experiences. For those looking to explore Cape Breton and truly connect with her deep roots and laid-back charm visit Mountain Pine Adventures.  Also,  join us on a new experience - a bushcraft tour with outdoor enthusiast Chuck Wrathall.…

Telephone 902-565-4153

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Cabot Trail Adventures

Canoeing Guided-hike

Outdoor Adventure

Your outdoor adventure specialists in Northern Cape Breton. Sea kayak tours and rentals, paddle boards, bicycle rentals, shuttles and guided tours. Guided coastal hikes to the best “locals know” destinations. With 20 years’ experience in the industry we can help you discover the island from a completely different perspective. All of this adventure lies just north of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.Guided sea kayak tours daily $65Atlantic Fisheries Cycling Tour daily $75Guided hikes dailyPaddle…

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Arts North

Gift-shop Studio

Artisans & Craft

Arts North, located near the northern tip of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, is an artisan’s consignment gallery retailing only high quality arts and crafts produced exclusively on Cape Breton Island.Designed, constructed and managed by professional artisans, Arts North has, since its founding in 1978, adhered to its “Cape Breton only” philosophy, maintaining only two overriding criteria for inclusion in its retail display.  Work exhibited and retailed through Arts North must:•    Be produced on Cape Breton…

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Cabots Landing Provincial Park

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Culture & Heritage Outdoor Adventure

Cabots Landing Provincial Park is a picnic and beach park (North Harbour Beach) on the shore of Aspy 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…

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Capt. Cox’s Whale and Bird Watch

Whalewatching Wildlife

Outdoor Adventure

Bay St. Lawrence wharf. Daily tours (1- to 2-hr) on 7.5-m (24-ft) Zodiac. Hydrophone to hear whales. Experienced marine biology guide. Photo identification of returning pods. Seal rookery, seabirds, dolphins, moose, bear; shipwrecks, seacaves, waterfalls, spectacular geological formations. Reservations recommended.

Telephone 888-346-5556

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Eagle North Canoe & Kayak

Canoeing

Outdoor Adventure

Go sea kayaking in the Cape Breton Highlands just off of the world famous Cabot Trail.  Located on Shore Road in South Harbour, we offer guided sea kayaking tours, as well as hourly rentals.  Custom packages, including biking, guided hiking and whale watching are available.Our popular half-day tours leave most days at 10 am and 2 pm. Our tours will take you through oyster aquaculture and a saltmarsh to a barrier beach where, if conditions…

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North Highlands Community Museum

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Culture & Heritage

Interpretive exhibits illustrating lifestyle experienced by early settlers of northern Cape Breton. Exhibits include gypsum quarry, stores, church histories, shipwrecks, furnishings, school and transportation, forge, settlers’ garden. Extensive genealogy centre and archives, visitor information centre, c@p site. Weekly concerts and events.

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Oshan Whale Watch

Scenic-tour Whalewatching Wildlife

Outdoor Adventure

Watch whales, eagles, seals and seabirds at the Top of Cape Breton Island with the Fraser family. Locally owned and operated, Oshan Whale Watch offers guided tours with a coast guard trained crew. Our boat, the Oshan, is a 42-foot, hydrophone-equipped, Northumberland Strait-style vessel: ideal for the cliff side coastline of the Top of the Island region.Tours depart daily at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm. Whale sightings guaranteed: 100% customer satisfaction or your money back!

Telephone 877-383-2883

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Cape North Farmers’ Market

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Artisans & Craft Culinary

Our region – the northeast Highlands of Cape Breton Island – is a mountainous, rocky one, with harsh weather and many, if small, pockets of arable land. One of the primary goals of the Cape North Farmers Market is to bring about a resurgence in growing, selling and eating local food. The fresh produce, fish, maple syrup, honey, preserves and baked goods at the market may be limited in quantity but they are unsurpassed in…

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White Point Trail

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Outdoor Adventure

Length:   6 km (3.75 mi) return Hiking Time:   2+hrType of Trail:   dirt road, natural surfaceUses (no snow):   walkingUses (snow):   snowshoeingFacilities:   noneDog Use:   off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map:   11K16 (Dingwall)Rating (1-5):   2Trailhead GPS Reference:   N 46 52” 35.4’ W 60 21” 09.1’Access Information: From Neils Harbour, drive 13 km (8 mi) along the Cabot Trail toward Cape North and Dingwall. Road signs indicate the turnoff on the right near the bottom of a long descent toward the…

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