Canso Coastal Barrens
Only 20 minutes from DesBarres Manor Inn, the Canso Barrens extend northeastwards from New Harbour to Cape Canso. The area is composed of rounded bodies of white granite that appear as knolls in the landscape, rising up to 200 m above sea level. The Barrens are a breeding ground for gulls, cormorants, herons, terns and the Common Eider. A favourite spot for picking wild blueberries.
Bonnet Lake Barrens Wilderness Protected Area
Only 20 minutes from DesBarres Manor Inn, the Bonnet Lake Barrens features landscape subjected to glacial movement and bedrock faulting. Accessed by a road dating back to the mid 1800s, this was the first overland route connecting coastal communities at Chedabucto Bay and Tor Bay. The region may be hiked on these ancient remnants of roadway, which is framed by bogs, rare flora, lakes and streams.
Lundy Fire Tower Hill
Only 10 minutes from DesBarres Manor Inn, you take a steep 2 kilometre road leading from the highway to the fire tower, situated high above the surrounding countryside. Michael Hayes, author of Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia, describes the view from the Lundy Fire Tower as “almost without equal in Nova Scotia” with an unforgettable view of Chedabucto Bay. The hill has a great reputation for wild blueberry picking among locals so be sure to bring a basket, or just taste as you walk.
As your gateway to Cape Breton, the Cabot Trail is a beautiful one hour drive from DesBarres Manor, making the Inn an ideal destination for people taking a nature tour of Nova Scotia. Starting from Port Hood on the western coast of Cape Breton, the Cabot Trail loops around the northern tip of the Island and is renowned for its beauty. The DesBarres Manor team will be pleased to recommend quality accommodations and dining options for guests proceeding to Cape Breton. For more information on Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail visit www.cbisland.com