Salmon Pools

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ideal for a fitness walk or a stroll, this level trail follows the bottom of the Chéticamp River canyon with cliffs almost 400 metres (1,300 ft) high towering above. The First Pool is about 3.6 km up the Chéticamp River. The trail narrows and continues to Chance Pool where polished, exposed bedrock makes a great location for a picnic. Walk on through the forest and along the river past gravel bars interspersed with rapids and deeper pools for another 600 m where the trail currently ends. Watch for Atlantic salmon in the deeper pools. Listen for barred owls at dusk.

Length 9.5 km / 5.9 mi (return)
Locator map - Salmon Pools
Hiking Look-off Washroom
Bicycling Fishing Snowshoeing
Rating Moderate Moderate: Medium-length trails with moderate elevation gain and some short, steep sections. Suitable for most visitors.
Elevation 15 - 100 m (50 - 330 ft)
Time 3 - 4 hours
Significant features Acadian forest, river canyon
Suitable for most skill levels. Short climbs. Some rocky sections.
Trailhead At Robert Brook campground (within Chéticamp campground)
Lat: 46.643298 Long: -60.946835

Map: Salmon Pools

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