Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery. In fact, Cape Breton Island’s famed Cabot Trail is considered one of National Geographic’s Top 50 Drives Of Lifetime. And it truly is!
But to really experience Cape Breton Island, get off the beaten path. Take a hike down a trail where it’s just you, and perhaps a few horses. That’s exactly what we did when we explored a remote trail at the northern-most edge of Cape Breton Island. So grab your walking stick and come along with me as we hike to Money Point, Cape Breton Island.
The Hike To Money Point, Cape Breton Nova Scotia
Our journey begins just outside Cape North at the trail head leading down to Money Point. Off we go, a jaunt in our step, as we easily tackle the start of this challenging hike.
For the real challenge is yet to come – a steep, nearly 1,200 foot descent to Money Point at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The 1,200 foot descend isn’t for the faint of heart, but oh so worth it!
The Descent Begins
The descent to Money Point begins through a copse of woods on a narrow gravel trail. Soon the trail gives way to the steep and rugged downward trek leading to Money Point.
And I do mean down! No switchbacks here. Walking stick not required, but it helps!
Finally! Money Point and The Atlantic Ocean
Almost there! The sounds of the wild Atlantic Ocean smashing into shore begin to filter their way through the trees. Finally, the trail gives way to a meadow fresh with flowers, and right at the ocean’s edge.
What a site to behold! Take a moment to soak in the glorious views. Gaze upon the miles-long ocean front meadow. Listen as the waves crash along the rocks.
It’s hard to imagine a place so beautiful and peaceful, with not another person in site, no obvious signs of human habitation. But it does exist, here at Money Point.
In Search Of The Old Lighthouse
Hike alongside the ocean to the remains of the old lighthouse. Imagine what it must have been like to live in this remote, lonely place. Because not that long ago, somebody did! Only thirty some years ago, human habitation gave way to lighthouse automation.
Be on the watch! The trail can get crowded at times. We had to convince these horses to step aside and let us pass!
Don’t Miss The Carita!
Rock hop beside the skeletal remnants of a shipwreck long since forgotten. The Carita washed up on shore over thirty years ago (December 1975 to be exact), and pieces remain to this day, bearing witness to the oft-harsh reality of the Atlantic Ocean.
Book your hike with Jennifer from SeaSpray Outdoor Adventures and she’ll fill you in on all the details. The people who live here haven’t forgotten the Carita.
All that hard work deserves an ocean side snack. Gotta re-energize for the hike back up. That 1,200 foot descent? Yep, you guessed it. The return hike goes back up this same 1,200 feet.
Break time is also the perfect time to find some washed-up treasure! One never knows what the Atlantic Ocean might deposit along the rocks.
A Hiking Success!
The hike to Money Point and back completed. Tired but well worth the hike.
Time to leave behind our walking sticks with a little note to motivate the next hikers, hop on our bikes and head on home.
The Hike To Money Point – Guided or Not?
You don’t need to hire a guide, but it sure helps! The trail head wasn’t obvious, and I’m not sure we would have found Money Point without our wonderful guide, Jennifer from Eagle North Kayak and Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures. She wasn’t just a trail guide, but a local historian, providing entertaining and fact filled details about Money Point.
Tips For Hiking To Money Point
Whether you hike it alone or with a guide, here’s some helpful tips:
- Plan for all day. From start to finish, the hike can take six to eight hours.
- Bring plenty of water. You won’t find any along the trail.
- Bring nourishing snacks. You’ll want to replenish for the hike back up.
- Wear sturdy shoes, not flip flops or sandals.
- Bike instead of hike to the trail head.
- Use a walking stick. We found ours in the wood along the way into the trail.
- Bring extra socks. We didn’t. Wished we did. Our feet were wet from ocean rock hopping and it would have been nice to have dry feet for the hike back up.
Would we hike this trail again? Absolutely! The only thing we would do different is bring an extra pair of socks, and perhaps a better camera. I left my DSLR at home this day. 🙁
Hope you enjoyed “hiking” with us to Money Point!
Do you enjoy hiking? Have you hiked Cape Breton Island? What was your favorite hike? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Map image from GoogleMaps. All other images from C.Biederman