Cycling the 'Salmon Pools Trail' - Cape Breton Highlands National Park
A few summers ago, the Cheticamp River changed drastically when flood waters came rushing down the river pushing debris everywhere. It completely transformed the Salmon pools and the beautiful hiking trail along the river. Cleanup took a couple of years to make it useable - now it’s back up and running, patiently waiting adventure seekers.
I think this trail is probably one of the more popular trails that Roman and I use here near Cheticamp. I love the sound of the river rushing by after pouring rain, or being sheltered from the winter winds and hearing the birds chirping. It was the first trail Roman took me on years ago in the winter when we first started dating (he was trying to impress me with his super-fast snowshoeing abilities). The Salmon Pools Trail is an amazing place to be for hours on end to forest bathe, taking nature in one breath at a time. Our beliefs about nature were reaffirmed with a book called, Your Brain on Nature, that being immersed in nature is ever-more important in today's high-paced digital world.
This time we took our mountain bikes and followed the river trail. It was so much fun to be in the woods - it reminded me of my childhood to be strolling along on a bicycle. We made it past the first pool and continued on as far as our bicycles would allow. The trail stops a little ways up because of the damage to the river.
The Salmon Pools Trail is located in the Highlands National Park, Cheticamp side.