GLOOSECAP CAVE (THE FAIRY HOLE)
This is an incredible hike I (Amy) have been doing since I was a child and it never fails to be so much fun. Please know, though, that it would not be my first choice of a hike for any children 6 and under. This hike is 3 KM in and has times of difficulty due to rough terrain towards the end. If you take your time and use the provided ropes you will do great!
What makes it so great:
- When you make it to the shore (which is beautiful in itself) there is a cave you can explore off to the right.
- There is a pool inside the cave to swim in, as well as an actual mud cave that goes up into the rock.
- This cave has many legends attached to it, of which I am unsure of the validity, but nonetheless very interesting to think of the Mi’kmaq or our ancestors using it for shelter.
How to get there:
- From the Seal Island Bridge, head towards Kelly’s Mountain, on Highway 104.
- The turn-off is at the base of the mountain and if you are coming from the Seal Island Bridge you will get to the turn-off in about 5 minutes.
- At the base of Kelly’s Mountain you will come upon of very sharp turn toward a dirt road called ‘New Campbellton Road’. Turn down New Campbellton Road (There will be a sign at the beginning of the road for Cape Breton Bible Camp).
- You will drive on New Campbellton Road until the road’s end, which is approximately 18km.
- When the dirt road ends entirely you have reached the trail-head which will be visible to the left.
What to bring:
- We advise bringing some form of a flashlight. (Not your cell phone unless it is waterproof). A headlamp is the best.
- Good running shoes that can get wet. (There can be quite a bit of muck on the trail at times)
- A towel
- A snack
- Bug spray
Enjoy your hike! I can promise it will be a new favourite!
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