Rideau River near Manotick (Ottawa), Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Acadian Trail

Yesterday morning, we did the 8.4 km (5.2 mile) Acadian Trail. This trail also leaves from the Cheticamp Visitor Centre of Cape Breton Highlands national Park. Overall, I give this trail a 7.5 out of 10.

This is a loop trail, and we did it in a clockwise direction. The view points are all on the first half of the trail doing it this way. The second half follows a brook back down and is pretty in it's own way. Either way is uphill going one way, and downhill the next so you get a lot of exercise to see the fantastic views from the top after you climb almost 1,200 feet..

Starting to get up there

The first half of the loop going clockwise has been made accessible by ATV's that are used by park staff. We didn't see any this particular time though. In fact, we didn't see anybody else on the whole trail.

Getting close to the top

At the top, a beautiful view looking down on the town of Cheticamp and Cheticamp Island

Coming down the inland trail is definitely a hiking trail and not accessible by ATV. So no worries of one of them noisy things coming by to disturb your hike.

Following the babbling brook

Overall, a good hike. Only one black fly bite, and a couple of mosquito bites. Not enough to put insect repellent on. LOTS of moose poop, but didn't see any moose. Quite a bit of bear poop as well. Didn't see any bears either!

The sign says this trail should take 3-4 hours, but we did the entire thing in 2 1/2 hours even though we stopped to admire the view a few times. But, we do tend to try and hike fairly quickly to get the heart pumping! 


  1. Looks like a great hike and a fantastic view, and its nice that the bugs were not too bad.

  2. Beautiful views and how wonderful not to have to put up with any of the noisy ATVs. Personally, I'm glad you didn't see any moose or bear to go along with the poop. Looking forward to our next hike.

  3. George and Suzie...Actually on this trail the bugs were pretty bad, you definitely didn't want to stop for long.

    Jim and Sandie...We don't think they should be using the ATV's to maintain the trails. They scare any wildlife away. On the Salmon Pools trail the guy passed us 4 times. We don't mind seeing moose, the bear we only want to see from a long distance away.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  4. We just did this trail...late August...no bugs. The views were incredible, but we also thought the hike back down was quite beautiful. www.sixtyat60.wordpress.com - hike 37

    1. Thank you for the comment Tonia. Glad that you enjoyed the hike as well, especially being able to do it with no bugs! ;-)


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