Hiking 'Blueberry Mountain', Cape Breton Highlands National Park
So at this point, Blueberry Mountain is not yet an official trail. But Parks Canada is working towards making this another main trail to offload the traffic that the Skyline trail is currently carrying.
We usually stay clear from the Skyline trail in the summer and on holidays, because it sees around 1000 people per day or more. It just takes the fun out of hiking for us, but that’s a personal thing. We like more secluded hikes and usually more of a challenge.
And this hikes totally has is. The view at the end is actually fairly similar to the Skyline trail and it is more challenging. It follows the original Cabot Trail road in a windy fashion. For a good part of it you are hiking along a little brook and it is just a beautiful hike.
So even though it is not an official trail yet, the park started marking the trail and you can easily follow the path.
Just be aware that there are a lot of blueberries up here around August so that means a good amount of black bear traffic. So act responsible. They are shy by nature, but don’t go up to them to get that Instagram selfie you have been dreaming of getting.
This is one of our favourite hikes near home and we are excited that it is going to become an official trail (even though it will become a lot busier).
Directions: You can park at the Cap Rouge look off (about 10 mins from Cheticamp towards Pleasant Bay) Then walk back to the main road and look for the flags across the road. They mark the beginning of the trail.