Inverness County
30km Network
Coast, Culture, Mountain, River, Woodland
Downed trees but passable.

Cape Mabou Highlands

Mabou is known for many things: it’s Scotish roots, the Red Shoe Pub, and lively square dances to name a few. One of it’s greatest kept secrets, however, is the Cape Mabou Highlands trail system.

This wondrous highland network has 12 nature trails, measuring over 3o km in total (some trails may be closed due to a spruce bark beetle infestation). The trails takes you along old cart tracks, which connected pioneer settlements, and near sheer oceanside cliffs and isolated beaches. You will travel rising mountains, hardwood forests, glens, and meadows.

The trail system offers the option of several trailheads to start from and many rout possibilities ranging from approximately 5km to the entire 30km.

You can buy trail maps at the Mabou Freshmart.

MapFrom the Locals
From the Locals
Mabou Post Rd Trailhead

While in the town of Mabou, turn onto the Mabou Harbour Rd (located just South of the Red Show Pub). After approximately 5km, turn right onto the Mabou Mines Rd. Follow this road (past the wharves) approximately 7.5km, where you will see the sign for the Mabou Post Road Trailhead (Mabou Harbour Rd narrows and roughens toward the last km or two) .

Photos by: Steven Rolls (

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