Near Lake Ainslie, the largest fresh water lake in all of Cape Breton, lies Egypt Falls. It may also be listed as Piper’s Glen in some hiking books. The falls were originally called Appin Falls, named after the Steward family of Appin, Scotland, who settled near the falls in the 1800’s.
The trail leading to the falls is short (only 15 minutes) and downhill the whole way. The last five minutes forces you to descend the steep walls of the gorge, which houses the Matheson Glen Brook. This brook is home to one of the only falls in Cape Breton, which is wider then it is tall (20 meters in width and less then half that in height).
If it were not for the aid of a rope tied to the walls of the gorge, I believe you would never get out of there (I could think of worse places to get stuck). If you take your time climbing, and enjoy the scenery of the woodland hike, you will have a safe and memorable visit to Egypt Falls.