Inverness County
2km Return
Mountain, River, Waterfall, Woodland


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Egypt Falls

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.

CAUTION: To return proper Google directions, use Whycocomagh or Inverness as your starting point. Using Sydney will result in a wild back-road adventure which may find you lost.
MapFrom the Locals
From the Locals
Take the Trans-Canada highway (route 105) to Whycocomagh, turn onto route 395 North, East Lake Ainslie (The turn off is located at Vie’s Restaurant). Drive until you see a sign for Pipers Glenn and Egypt Road, about 30 km from the Whycocomagh turnoff. Turn right and drive about 2 km. On your left side you’ll see a small house and across from it is a road with a tiny bridge. Drive up that road exactly .9 km and keep lookout for a small opening on your right with an orange post marking the entrance to the Egypt Falls trail.
Photos by: teekathepony

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