Swim in the Gypsum Mines
Light-green turquoise coloured water surrounded by beautiful rock, cliffs and a mountainesque feeling, a perfect marble ledge to perch on in the water and cliff jumping levels on the other side of the water; I kid you not, this is Gypsum Mines. There is also a little path you can take up to a stunning view of the mines and surrounding area. Caution needs to be taken when climbing up to this upper location as the path is extremely narrow.
What to know about the mines:
- Gypsum Mines was one of Cheticamps main source of income in the early 1900’s.
- The beautiful walls around this amazing swimming hole are made of a type of rock called Gypsum.
- There is an unknown depth to Gypsum Mines, it is extremely deep.
- There are often ropes that go from one side of the water to the other to ensure safely crossing the water.
How to find it (from Sydney):
- Head towards Cheticamp
- Drive through Cheticamp as if you were heading to Pleasant Bay
- Pass Leblanc’s general store
- Turn right onto Cheticamp Back Road
- You will be on this road for about a minute, the entrance for the Mines is on the left
- There will be a sign visible from the road with a lot of words but no declaration that its Gypsum Mines. Park near the sign and dirt road.
- Walk straight up this dirt road (ignoring any ATV paths) and take the first right up the hill. The mines will be at the top of the hill.
- It is a maximum 10 minute walk to the mines.
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