Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

Cape Breton
3-4 days
1-2 days
Coast/Fishing Harbours/River Valley/Bridges

Sections of the trail between the Canal (after the 2km mark) and before Troy Station, continues to be sea-swept and trail conditions have resulted in difficult hiking and hike a bike surface conditions.  Signs have been posted at the Canso Canal section of the trail.


How to use map: The Celtic Shores Coastal Trail is a collective of five volunteer trail organizations. Click on the trail section next to the partner’s name to learn more. Click “View Legend” in the bottom right side of the map to reveal a full list of points of interest. Toggle the checkboxes on and off to view amenities of interest to you. Both the desktop and mobile versions of the map will show you where you are on the trail and in relation to nearby services and attractions.


The Celtic Shores Coastal Trail is a 92-km (57 mi) multi-use trail stretching from Port Hastings to the Town of Inverness on the western coast of the spectacular Cape Breton Island.  Great for off-road cycling or long distance trekking, the easy, flat trail meanders along the coastline, through picturesque wilderness, skirts streams, and connects several communities and attractions.  Along the way you will find active fishing harbours, warm-water beaches in Port Hood, West Mabou, and Inverness, the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique and five other museums, Glenora Distillery, the Cabot Links Golf Course, and the not-to-be-missed Red Shoe Pub in Mabou.  All of this is complimented with a variety of accommodations, restaurants, places to shop, some of the best live Celtic music on the island and a unique living Gaelic culture.  Along the trail you find community kiosks and interpretive panels that will provide you with a glimpse of local history and culture. This trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the International Appalachian Trail.

The trail is alive with Celtic experiences in villages along the trail in festivals, concerts, square dances and Ceilidh’s, a Gaelic term for a party or gathering. Plan a trip on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail and experience the ride of your life!

Dial 911 in case of an emergency.
Cell phone coverage is very good throughout the length of the trail, but there may be occasional reception issues. If you have a question, or to report any trail issues, please contact the Municipality of the County of Inverness Recreation Department at 902-787-2274 or info@celticshores.ca.  Your concern or inquiry will be directed to the appropriate partner trail group. For the Harvest Moon Trail, or Rum Runners Trail, please see the contact information on their respective pages.