Cape Breton Highlands - Nova Scotia
Canada's showcasing of diversity among its landscapes throughout the continent has always surprised me. Born on the East Coast of Canada, it was crazy to learn that
we have highlands that contain the oldest rocks in all the Maritime Provinces. This
extraordinary geological site is called Cape Breton and I was thrilled to be able to
explore it for a weekend in October. Cape Breton is made up of three volcanic terrains,
two of which are from tectonic plates that make up what we know as South America and
When I was a young gymnastics enthusiast, I remember having to travel to Sydney,
Cape Breton. Of course being young I never cared for long drives and slept the majority of
the way not realizing the spectacular view on route. I was so grateful to be afforded the
chance as an adult to go back and create new memories during this perfect fall
Driving into Cape Breton, I was marveled by the cascading assortment of colours. All the
inferno reds, bright yellows and deep burgundies completely decorated the highlands. I honestly had to blink a few times to adjust to how bright and vibrant it all really was.
When heading inland, you get to experience the rich reds and oranges of the maple
trees and as you continue along the coast you are greeted by the contrast of fur trees
and vibrant yellows of the birch.
My first stop on the trip was a place I discovered through an Instagram follower of mine
him posting images of this incredible view of a lake and later discovered it was a
Gypsum mine. I really need to visit in the summer because the lake water is an opulent
emerald green and looks so refreshing to swim in. I climbed to the top of the small cliffs
that outlined part of the beautiful lake and just stared out at its exquisite beauty. If you
collect crystals like I do, be sure to explore the surrounding area as you might stumble
upon little treasures within the terrain.
Surprisingly, in my 27 years living in Canada I have yet to actually see a moose with my
very own eyes. This led me to my next stop, The Skyline Trail which is notorious for
having moose inhabit the area. I was a bit nervous learning the trail had been closed the
week prior due to aggressive moose activity but with great luck, they reopened the day I
arrived. It was a beautiful hike that takes you out to the coastal cliff point but once you
get there, make sure you hold onto your hats as you might get blown away! I now
understand for myself why the view is one of the most photographed in Cape Breton.
I must say one day is really not long enough to venture and hike the highlands – I really
do not know what I was thinking. I really wish I had given myself more time so that I did
not have to rush through some of the stunning places. On my way around the Cabot
trail I stopped in at Beulach Ban Falls and shortly after that I explored the rich red
volcanic portion of the coast line.
The final stop in my adventure was Uisge Ban falls that towers 50 feet tall. “Uisge Ban”
translates to “white water” in Gaelic and if you ever happen to visit you will understand
why. I really could not resist shooting at both the top and bottom of the falls, as it was so