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Freshwater Lake
(#25 Cape Breton Highlands National Park)

Freshwater Lake

Watch for loons, muskrat, beavers and red-winged blackbirds.

This is a great trail for a family walk (or for a fitness run). It is designed for both wheelchairs and strollers. Starting next to the ocean, this short, level, dry trail hugs the lake's shoreline and returns on a section of the old Cabot Trail. A viewing deck lets you wait and watch for a beaver or muskrat. The unique song of the loon can be heard or catch a glimpse of one on the lake. Complete your stroll with a dip in the ocean or the Freshwater Lake. Bicycles are permitted on this trail but pedestrians have the right of way.

Trailhead: The Ingonish Beach Day Use Area parking lot
Significant Feature: Atlantic coastline, lake, beaver pond
Length: 1.7 km (1.1 miles)
Hiking Time: 30 - 40 minutes
Elevation: 0 - 15 m (0 - 50 ft)