Fishing Cove is an enjoyable 12km hike into the only camp-able wilderness area in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail descends 375m over 6km’s as you walk through mixed forest along Fishing Cove Brook. There are a few steep climbs but the trail is generally straight forward and highly enjoyable. There are a couple valley look offs and plenty of benches to make use of on the way out. It is considerably more challenging on the way out as it mostly incline.
Up until 1915 it was a lobster cannery but now all that remains is remote beauty. There is a small fresh water lake and ocean beach for use, out houses and firewood tends to be available on the beach. A total of 8 camp sites are available and a permit must be purchased from the Parks Canada booth at the entrances to the park if you plan on making use of them.
There is an alternate route which in/out is just over 5km’s from the profiled trail head. It is an old road that runs in and comes out just behind the outhouses. This is a far less interesting route but works if you do not have the time for the full hike.
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