Broad Cove Mountain Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Note: Infrastructure improvements in the park may cause delays or reduce services while we complete this important work. We appreciate your understanding at this time.
This switchback trail leads through a dense forest of softwood to the top of Broad Cove Mountain for exceptional views of the rocky Atlantic coast, with Middle Head and Cape Smokey in the distance. You climb 168 m over a distance of 1.6 km. Watch for moose along the way and eagles as they soar overhead. Relax at the top and enjoy the vistas below.
Trailhead: A small parking lot about 1/3 of the way in on Warren Lake Road
Significant Feature: Ocean, mountain scenery, fall colours
Length: 2.3 km (1.4 mi) return
Hiking Time: 1 hour
Elevation: 35–180 m (115–590 ft.)
Short, steep climb. Rugged sections.
Trail Rating: Moderate
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.7155114 Long: -60.370568
Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only available from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park; park entry fee applies. Check in at the Parks Canada visitor centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.
For your comfort and safety:
– Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
– Take along appropriate clothing – rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
– Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
– Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
– Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
– Stay on designated trails and boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
– Read “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres and on the Parks Canada website.
– Recreational drone use is prohibited within the national park for the safety of wildlife and other visitors.