Experience Ingonish

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Middle Head (#23 Cape Breton Highlands National Park)

Walk out along a rocky headland to get great views of Ingonish and Cape Smokey. This stubborn rocky headland has withstood the pounding of the Atlantic Ocean and heavy winds jutting out into the sea, cutting Ingonish Bay into two almost equal halves. Notice how the hardy vegetation has adapted to this windswept environment: the stunted trees, the waxy leaves and plants like bayberry growing low to the ground to avoid the cutting winds.

Interpretative signs explain the human history of this area as well the flora and fauna. Great coastal views and often you can watch fisherman hauling their lobster traps just off shore. Gulls, cormorants, guillemots and other seabirds frequent the tip of this trail.

Trailhead: just beyond the Keltic Lodge
Significant Feature: Coastal headland and vegetation
Length: 3.8 km (2.4 miles) return
Hiking Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
Elevation: 0 - 45 m (0 - 150 ft.)

View Middle Head Trail map (CBHNP Map - Copyright Parks Canada 2007, 2008, 2009. Used with permission)