Salt MountainSalt
Inverness County
2.5km Return
Mountain, Woodland

Salt Mountain

Also known as Whycocomagh Provincial Park

Whycocomagh, meaning “Head of the Waters” in Mi’kmaq, houses one of the nicest mountaintop views I have ever seen. People say there is a salt-water spring located at the top of Salt Mountain. I am not sure if it is true or not, but I would be interested in finding out.

Salt Mountain is a short hike but should not be mistaken for a simple stroll in the woods. Its steep climb will take the breath away from even the most seasoned of hikers. And if the hike itself doesn’t, I promise the view at the top will.

The trailhead is located in Whycocomagh Provincial Park, housing 75 campsites, a picnic area, and boat launch. The trail forms a figure eight, and despite trail markers located on the occasional tree, is slightly hard to find in spots along the way. As I stated before the trail is steep but the view at the end is worth it. At the top of Salt Mountain there are several look offs, which give sight to all four of Cape Breton’s counties and a magnificent view of the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Isabelle Stewart Farley donated this property in 1959, in memory of her brother Hugh McLellan, killed in World War I. In fact at the top of the trail you will find a bronze plaque commemorating the donation of the park.

MapFrom the Locals
From the Locals
Travel the Trans-Canada Highway toward the town of Whycocomagh. Whycocomagh Provincial Park is located about 1 km out side of the town (On the Sydney side). The entrance of the park is marked with a “Department of Natural Resources” sign.
Photos by: James Young & Nancy Cormier

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