Fishing Cove Trail

Fishing Cove

You are 355 metres (1,165 feet) above sea level! Hike from the top of the mountain about six kilometres down to a small ocean cove and grassy clearing – the only designated wilderness camping site in the park. This was once the site of a Scottish fishing community and these settlers traded with the French for supplies. Explore the beach, roam the hills or swim in fresh or salt water. You must register at a park visitor centre prior to camping. Located 5-7 minutes south of Pleasant Bay on top of  MacKenzie Mountain.

Length: 12 km (7.5 mi) return. Also a 5.7 km (3.5 mi) alternate route
Elevation: 0 – 355 m (0 – 1,165 ft)
Time: 5 – 6 hours
Significant Features: Acadian forest, ocean cove and headlands
Steep descent. Some muddy sections. No potable water on site.

Trailhead: There are two trailheads, both on the Cabot Trail at the top of MacKenzie Mountain

For a complete list of Cape Breton Highlands National Park hiking trails all within 1 hour of Pleasant Bay please visit:

 Parks Canada