Fishing Cove is the only backcountry camping area found in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trailhead is located between Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, and is well marked. From the parking area the trail descends over 300m (1000 ft) and follows the Fishing Cove River roughly 8km to the ocean.
The end of this trail opens onto expansive fields at the mouth of the river... once the site of a lobster cannery, long since abandoned. There are still signs of old foundations and equipment. Several well developed campsites (with tent pads) are scattered throughout the fields and there are outhouse facilities.
This is one of the most beautiful coves in Cape Breton with breathtaking sunsets. It is not uncommon to view whales outside the cove or moose strolling across the fields.
Note: It is advisable to make reservations if you plan to overnight at the cove... this is a busy area during the summer months!
Category: Backcountry Hike
Region: Cape Breton Island
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Nova Scotia Scenic Destinations: Fishing Cove
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