Cape St Lawrence
Cape St Lawrence is located on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. From the Cabot Trail near the community of Cape North, turn north towards Bay St Lawrence. Follow the road past Bay St Lawrence, as it becomes dirt, to Meat Cove. There is a campground at the end of the road... and the trailhead. The campground owner will allow parking here for a small fee.
Park here and follow the dirt road as it winds up over the mountain. After a challenging climb the track levels out a bit and begins to slope downward. Look for a track that branches to the right and is marked with flagging tape. This is the old Cape St Lawrence lighthouse access road... follow this road as it descends to the open fields of Cape St Lawrence.
Cape St Lawrence was the site of several lighthouses... all that remains today are the old foundations, some rusting equipment, and a new automated light. On a clear day you can look northeast to St Paul Island, the northen-most land mass in Nova Scotia. Watch for moose along this trail, eagles over the mountains and whales off the coastline.
Note: Several footpaths lead away along the coastline... following these coastal paths will eventually lead to Lowland Cove.
Category: Backcountry Hike
Region: Cape Breton Island
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