Trails in the Biosphere

Please note that these trails are classified as follows:

Documented: Promoted by Dept. of Natural Resources and signed.
K-class Roads: Not maintained and not signed – no amenities! (pioneer roads).
Combo: Low traffic gravel roads / K- class roads (again not signed – no amenities).
Snowmobile trails: No permission to use other than winter (i.e, no other types of motorized vehicles)
Beach walks: No signage, no amenities.

Trailheads in the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere

These many trails have been identified as having potential as trails to include in the BLBRA initiative “Walking Around the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere”. For more information on

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Walk the Watershed 2024!

An exploration of Biosphere Trails. Below you will find the 2024 schedule for 5 interpretive hikes as part of the Walking Around the Bras d’Or initiative . All hikes will take place on a Saturday.

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Kidston Island Walking Trail

The popular Kidston Island Walking Trail, on Kidston Island, Baddeck is well marked and includes several different ecosystems of interest to budding naturalists.  The Island is home to

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Valley Mills to North Mountain (Marble mountain) Pioneer Road

Valley Mills to North Mountain (Marble mountain) Pioneer Road – This trail is actually the old pioneer road which crosses North Mountain (locally known as Marble Mountain) from Valley Mills to

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Salt Mountain Trail

Salt Mountain Trail is located in the Whycocomagh Provincial Park. The trail and associated camping sites are maintained by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The popular trail

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New Harris Pioneer Road

New Harris Pioneer Road – This trail is more of a “hiking opportunity” than a well-marked and maintained trail. In the past, the abandoned New Harris Road was part of a link between

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Iona Beach Walk Map

Iona Beach Walk. This map shows the route  taken for the Explore the Bras d’Or walk event. This trail shows examples of a Karst ecosystem where topography is formed from the dissolution of

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Goat Island Trail

Goat Island Trail. Sponsored by Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, this trail is well marked and includes abundant interpretative signage on Mi’kmaq culture and traditions.  The trail consists of a

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East Bay Hills Trail

The East Bay Hills Trail which is just 3 km. long is a great trail for young families or for those who just want a short outing in the woods.  For a longer hike, reverse your walk and

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