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.
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.