Length: 16 km (10 mi) returnHiking Time: 5+hrType of Trail: natural surface, compacted earthUses (no snow): walking, biking, horseback riding, ATVsUses (snow): cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeingFacilities: camping, tables, water, outhouses (at trailhead only)Dog Use: off-leash permittedGov't Topo Map: 11N02 (Cape St. Lawrence)Rating (1-5): 4 [distance, elevation change]Trailhead GPS: N 47° 01” 35.2’ W 60° 33” 33.3’Access Information:
Turn off the Cabot Trail at Cape North Village onto the Bay St.
Lawrence Road. At 15.5 km (9.75 mi), Turn sharply left onto the Meat
Cove Road, which is paved for the first 6 km (3.75 mi), but for the last
7 km (4.25 mi) is narrow dirt road. Follow it to the Meat Cove
Campground, and park there.Introduction: If Nova
Scotia has any community that looks like an alpine village, it is Meat
Cove. Situated near the extreme northern tip of Cape Breton Island, the
road literally ends here, the dirt track from Bay St. Lawrence hugging
steep hillsides above sheer coastal cliffs until it drops into the deep
ravine carved by Meat Cove Brook. This appears to be a trail at the end
of the earth, and is as remote as it seems.Meat Cove earned its
name in the late 1700s, when the stench of slaughtered moose caused
complaints from passing ships. There are numerous hiking options
available near the community; the one described was profiled originally
in Walk Cape Breton, published in 1975. The Cape St. Lawrence-Lowland
Cove loop can be a challenging one-day trek, or undertaken as a more
relaxed two-day campout.Cautionary Notes: Wildlife, rugged terrain, hunting is permitted in season. No cell phone reception.
are designated from 1 to 5 indicating suitability for all fitness and
experience levels, with 5 being suitable only for experienced and very
fit outdoor people. Novices should only choose level 1 and 2 hikes, and
work their way up. Level 4 and 5 hikes have indicators associated with
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