Hiking Trails in Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia.

Pleasant Bay has some of the best hiking trails and destinations in Nova Scotia and even Canada. Whether you hit the trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park or the surrounding area you will find the hike for you.
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Robert's Mt. is one of the best local hikes, with great views of the harbor and village.  The trail head is not always easy to find, good idea to ask a local for directions. 300 m (1000ft)

Skill Level: Advanced.

Pollett's Cove
 is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Elevation: 0 to 366 m (0 to 1200ft) You may camp in Pollett's Cove or reside in Pleasant Bay. Length: 19km(11.5 miles) return. Hiking time: 8 hours

Skill Level: Advanced.

MacIntosh Brook Length: 2.8 Km (2 miles) Hiking time: 50 minutes Elevation: 30 m (100 ft) The trail is located at the MacIntosh Brook camp ground, and follows the brook up one side to a beautiful water fall. Then returns on the other side of the brook with a few bridges to cross.

The Lone Shieling Length: 0.8 Km (½ miles) Hiking time: 15 minutes Elevation: 0 to 75 m (0 to250 ft) The Lone Shieling has a short trail that will take you through a forest that was never cut by the early settlers in the area. Nature just resumes what it has been conducting for the past 10,000 years. The forest is alive with different kinds of life, including great horned owls and barred owls.

Skyline Trail Length: 7 Km (4.3 miles) loop Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours Elevation: 320 to 400 m (1050 to 1350 ft) As you hike the Skyline Trail keep an eye out for moose as well as spruce grouse both of which frequent the area. You may notice that the forest seems to be disturbed, this was caused by a forest fire in the 1950's, and by moose eating the spruce in winter. The view at the end of the trail cannot be adequately described. You can peer down on the Cabot Trail, or turn and look for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Fishing Cove Trail Length: 16 Km (10 miles) Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours Elevation: 0 to 330 m (0 to 1100 ft) The trail follows the Fishing Cove River as it winds its way down to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 1100 feet bellow. The area was once a small fishing community, it's now one of two wilderness campsites located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Fishing Cove offers swimming in either salt or fresh water, and is said to be a good spot to fish for trout.