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Cape Breton County
2km Return
Coast, History, Woodland

Simon’s Point

Located in the National Historic Site, Simon’s Point (once known as Flat Point) was the location of subsequent ladings of English troops and artilery during the 1758 attack which ultimately saw the Fortress of Louisbourb captured by the English.

This short walk leads you through a coniferous forest and bog to the coastal headlands overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way you will be welcomed by several boardwalks and a finally a wonderful bridge to help you over the wettest of areas.

Once you reach the headlands you are treated with the roar of the ocean and an abundance of coastal plant life: Juniper, Purple Iris, and wild beach pea to name a few.

This trail is relatively easy with very little elevation change but watch your footing in the early portions of the trail which are littered with tree roots and stones.

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 the town of Louisbourg. Travel through the town and past the Fortess of Louisbourg following the signs toward Kennington Cove. Several minutes after you pass Gate 2 (the rear entrance to the Fortress) you will pass an old rangers station and pass a small pond to your right; The trail head it just past this on your left.
Photos by: Steven Rolls (

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