Fishing Cove is a 17.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.1 km Elevation Gain: 779 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers


Trail is open May 17 - October 28

26 days ago

Incomplete. Get ready for the descend of a lifetime. The parked cars have either done a lot of angel dust or have red bull pumping through their veins. Make sure you have the strength of two backpack carriers. “I’m coming back for you Fishing Cove!”

1 month ago

Beautiful and rewarding trail. The decent is an easy 6k along the river. Camping in the cove is absolutely breathtaking. The hike back is a bit more strenuous as you are going up the way you came, but still fairly easy with poles. 10/10 will be back again.

2 months ago

3 months ago

The hike is really pretty and very beautiful! The path is narrow and very rocky/lots of roots! But you follow the river. The beach on the end is nice but not mindblowing! Would be nice for camping! I really liked the hike! Good workout but not too hard!

5 months ago

For the past few years only the long side of this trail has been open to use, the old road section was closed as they were using it's parking lot as a staging area for the road reconstruction. Hopefully that is finished for 2019. The long side has a new parking area so you no longer have to worry about finding space or crossing the highway to get on the trail. The trail itself is well defined, but can be rough in spots. It follows the river, and because of this you will be going up and down as the river cuts its way down the gorge. The cove it peaceful most of the time, but some people do camp down there as it is te only back country camping area left in the CBHNP.

1 month ago

9 months ago

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