White Point, Cape Breton
There’s a 'secret road' off the Cabot Trail that takes you on a scenic journey, with vistas across Aspy Bay and the mountain range that holds Sugarloaf and Tenerife. The rolling hills and windy turns make the road along the shoreline even more entertaining. It’s a great place to take a bicycle too, because you’re not going to run into much traffic.
Make sure you take the road that says “Alternate Scenic Route”, it’s a quick turn and it’s easy to miss. Otherwise you’ll end up in Neils Harbour earlier than you intended (but make sure you continue onward to Neils Harbour too!). You definitely want to see this! The road takes you into a little coastal nook, where a few houses still scatter the landscape. There’s usually fishing boats and little dorys basking in the quaint harbour.
The White Point trailhead is near the Two Tittle Bed and Breakfast, a place you need to put on your list! The little cabins are an ideal place to get a great night's sleep, the fresh ocean air and sound of crashing waves will put you straight to sleep. The hosts have lived here for decades and know the area incredibly well. If you’re up for a good story or two they’re sure to entertain.
The trail is easy to see - it begins from the parking area and slowly turns into a footpath which is well-worn. Make sure you stay on the trail to protect the flora that grows here, following proper trail etiquette is a must. The trail follows the rugged Atlantic shoreline on both sides and gives a wonderful panoramic view. Keep clear of the cliffs, as some of the trails are close to the edge. On clear days you can even see St. Paul Island from here.
Looking across from White Point toward the mountain range - it almost feels like you’ve stumbled upon a fjord; the majestic mountains sweep down to the sea and the bay runs narrow like a channel. The very first time I saw this I couldn’t believe I was still in Nova Scotia. I saw it on a bright sunny day, the water was sparkling blue and it just seemed like I was in another world all-together!
White Point is definitely one of our favourite places on the island. It truly is a gem - it’s calm and quiet, and the sound of crashing ocean makes it the perfect location for a relaxing stroll through nature. Pack a picnic and eat alfresco (outside), absorbing all the wonderful natural sights and sounds. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!