MacIntosh Brook

Day 2: MacIntosh Brook – Cape Breton Highland National Park

Story

MacIntosh Brook is a scenic trail with a fascinating waterfall at the end. Walking the whole trail only takes 30 to 45 minutes, but I’m positive you will take a longer hike when once you begin to fall in love with the trail. For this journey, I enjoyed the scenery for two hours. I started my trip at 1:50PM with the weather at 8C (47F).

Wooden bridge and MacIntosh Brook

Wooden bridge and MacIntosh Brook

I loved seeing the pile of leaves that covered the trail. The sounds of the water from the brook put me into a relaxed state. There were many wooden bridges to cross along the trail as well.

Waterfalls and MacIntosh Brook

A waterfall and MacIntosh Brook surrounded by trees

When I heard the sound of the water getting louder, I realized it can only be one thing; I was approaching the waterfall. I had never seen anything as beautiful as this in my life. The only thing that was missing was a nice warm summer day so I could go in the water and get a closer view of the waterfall.

American Robin

American Robin

After completing the trail, I was very lucky to see American Robins. They were very hard to capture as they were moving around quickly.

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Total distance: 3.19 km
Max elevation: 93 m
Min elevation: 28 m
Total Time: 01:54:36
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Park Info

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is known for its spectacular highlands and ocean scenery. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs through the national park along the coasts and over the highlands.

The cool, maritime climate and rugged landscape permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, including old-growth forests of international importance.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Ingonish Beach, NS
Canada
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Park info courtesy of Parks Canada

MacIntosh Brook

Imagine a nice, easy, fairly level stroll along a babbling brook and through a mature hardwood forest with a scenic waterfall at the end. Add to that the songs of forest birds and you have this relaxing trail.

Length: 1.7 km (1.1 mi) loop
Elevation: 30 – 65 m (100 – 215 ft)
Time: 30 – 45 minutes
Significant Features: Old growth Acadian forest, waterfall Suitable for most skill levels. Uneven trail surface (exposed roots) in some places
Trailhead: MacIntosh Brook Campground and day-use area
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees): Lat: 46.811806 Long: -60.767669

MacIntosh Brook Trail Map

MacIntosh Brook Trail Map

Driving Directions

Trail info courtesy of Parks Canada

Driving Directions

Trailhead: MacIntosh Brook Campground and day-use area

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