9km’s (one-way), gravel road, barrens, natural path. No facilities.
From the village of Guysborough, travel east on Route 16 to the community of Queensport. Below the hill of St. Vincent DePaul’s Church on the right, you will find a small gravel clearing leading to the trail head. To access the Cole Harbour entrance, follow Route 16 east from Guysborough, turning right at the junction with Hwy 316 toward Larry’s River. Arriving at the intersection in Charlos Cove, turn left toward Cole Harbour. The backside of a stop sign facing into the trail distinguishes the trail head.
This 150-year-old road was the first overland route constructed in the area, joining coastal communities at Chedabucto Bay and Tor Bay. Skirting the edge of the Bonnet Lake Barrens Wilderness Preserve, this area incorporates an ancient landscape created by bedrock faulting and glacial movement. Granite barrens expose themselves to foggy climates and wind-swept conditions, while creating a comfortable home to bogs, rare plants, lakes and streams.
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