Go hiking in Cape Breton's majestic hardwood forests and breathe in those tree fumes!
Hike The TransCanada Trail
It's an amazing thing to think of being connected to the rest of Canada by way of a TransCanada recreational trail that crosses our entire huge country. Whether you travel part of the trail every day or it's your first time venturing out on it, we hope you enjoy our little stretch of TransCanada Trail. From Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins head south down the trail to Whycocomagh Bay, where you can access the Bras d'Or Lakes via the Skye River Trail, the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre or Whycocomagh Provincial Park.
Or head north on the trail to strike out into the highlands on a network of roads and trails that eventually descend to Lake Ainslie and on to Inverness. You can find a link to our section of the map here.
Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the north eastern arm of the Bras d'Or Lake and Whycocomagh Bay from the top of Salt Mountain. There are three marked hiking trails in the Whycocomagh Provincial Park that lead to spectacular look offs from the top of Salt Mountain. Click here for more info.
Explore the Forest of Whycocomagh Mountain
We have heard tale of old roads, cart tracks and trails in the wilderness surrounding Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins. If you are good with navigating in the back country, check out the mature forests, creeks, lakes and mountain landscape of the Cape Breton Highlands. Add some company and cattle dog energy to our on-site hiking - go on a pack hike with Jess and our two high strung young blue heeler litter mates, Angus & Islay as we explore points of interest in our woods...check out our Getaway to the Woods package!
SANS Trail 104
Another beautiful hike from Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins is to head west on the 104 Trail. This multi-use trail offers a beautiful walk along the Whale's Back - the hardwood covered hills of Whycocomagh Mountain. Cross Hwy 252 and link up to the Skye River trail and walk along this riverside Mi'kmaq trail into Whycocomagh. You can make a loop back up to our cabins via The TransCanada Trail - head east on the TransCanada Highway and look for the trail head across from the Whycocomagh Fire Hall and Esso Gas Station. Its a good accent back up the mountain, so get some food and water before heading up!