Cape Breton County
1km Return
Coast, Swimming

Gooseberry Cove

Gooseberry Cove is one of those places that not too many people know about, but those that do know about it take everyone there to see it. The rolling land that surrounds the cove is home to many different types of berries. Blueberries, cloudberries, fox berries, cranberries, and juniper berries are all found here, the funny thing is, there are no Gooseberries to be seen (please consult your field guide before eating any berries). One of the most interesting things about this cove is that it houses two or three shipwrecks, from as far back as the 1700’s to as resent as the turn of the century.

This cove is one of my favorite places on Cape Breton Island. It is not exactly a hike but more of an adventure. There are many coves, beaches, and inland areas to explore. My favourite is the tidal pools found near the rocks. There are areas that you can light a fire to roast hotdogs and not have to worry about it getting away from you. There are also many places to sit and get away from it all. From rugged coast to spongy marshlands that spring beneath your step, Gooseberry Cove is a collage of textures. The inland areas look like something from the highlands of Scotland, and the coast looks like nothing you have ever seen.

What is the spongy plant life which covers most of the ground?
The plant is called crowberry and is native to most northern areas of the northern hemisphere.

Other F.A.Q.


You can spend an hour here or bring a lunch and spend the whole day. Either way I promise you that you will be back. Just remember, next time you go, share it with a friend.

NOTE: The driveway to Goaseberry Cove is nearly impassable by anything but a 4 wheel drive. Park your car in the clearing across the street and walk in.
MapFrom the Locals
From the Locals
From the Sydney Bypass (route 125) take exit 8 toward Louisbourg. Drive about twenty minutes until you come to a sign that directs you to Little Lorraine, just before the town of Louisbourg (There is a road directly across from the sign, do not take that road. Your turnoff is the next one). After about 5 km, there is a driveway on your right (across from a small clearing to park). The driveway was marked the last time I was there. If you are comfortable, continue down this rough dirt road to the end. The road will deposit you directly in front of the cove.
Photos by: Nancy Cormier
  1. Frank McKibbon September 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Shipwrecks?? Where are they?

    • srolls September 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      The Astrea and the Montara. Here is a site that shows their locations on photos.

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