We are spending 4 or 5 days in the Cape Breton NP between 11-16th of October. We will be staying in Neils Harbour probably (if we find accomodation) and need advice on what sights & hikes to focus our time on. We are not into museums and historical sights but rather the fall colours, magnificent beaches, cute coastal towns and especially hikes with stunning views.
These places we would definitely like to check out: White Point hike, Jigging Cove, Middle Head, Ingonish, Warren lake, Green Cove Look Off, Neil's harbour, Markland coastal beach, Skyline trail. But if I listed anything here that is not worth the trip according to the above criteria, let me know.
Places that we are not sure about:
-Cape Smokey Provincial Park: any hiking possible here?
-Broad Cove Mountain hike: is this worth the trip?
-Meat cove mountain: unable to find information on this one. First and foremost: is the road paved only up until Aspy bay or all the way to the trailhead? (we will be driving a simple rental car, 2WD) Where is the trailhead exactly? How long is the hike and where does it take us?
You might have noticed that we chose only one hike from the Western shore (Skyline trail) - this is because I did not find any other trails that fit the above criteria, however any other suggestions for that area would be more than welcome, too.
On second thoughts, what I am also wondering about is whether we are not making a mistake by narrowing it down to the above areas too much, after all we will just be seeing one small bit of the whole northern part but we have 5 days. Keen to hear about other tips too that might enrich our trip (e.g. Sydney?). After Cape breton we will head back to Halifax, Peggy's cove and Lunenburg for two more days.