White Point Hike, Nova Scotia

Meander just beyond the famous Cabot Trail to discover a hidden gem of a hike, the stunning White Point trail. The nearest address is for the Two Tittle Bed & Breakfast [2119 White Point, New Haven, NS B0C 1P0, Canada], but the parking lot is just a stone throw past it up the hill on a dirt road, which is easily mistaken for a private driveway.

My local host suggested the hike to me and I was ever thankful for her intimate knowledge of the land – I hadn’t heard about this place in any of my research. Nova Scotia is a place filled with gorgeous hikes, many of them extremely popular especially in nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This hike was quiet and off the beaten path, perfect for unwinding after a day filled with sightseeing. The trails are not marked and there are multiple herd paths to take, but as long as you can orient yourself to walking out to the headlands and back, it is no problem at all. As soon as you set off you will recognize the remarkable beauty of this place.

It is a relatively easy trail to walk, and shouldn’t take more than an hour in total. Pass by the unknown sailor grave, imagining more turbulent days.

The vista out at the headlands is exactly what I pictured this province to be, rugged majesty.

I heard an odd noise and followed it to find a seal in the distance.

The trail seems to go on in another direction, but the day was dwindling so we reluctantly made our way back.

I heard that this was a place the Vikings made landfall in North America, it definitely makes a good first impression.

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