Best Cowbay Road Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 5th most popular XC Ski in Nova Scotia.

  Nova Scotia, Canada


  July 23, 2016

In Cape Breton County, the 8km Cowbay Road Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. This road ran from Sydney to Cow Bay {25 km one way} (Cow Bay is presently knows as Port Morien). This is a nice trail that becomes more intriguing as the background becomes known.

The trail gets its name from a story that took place during the Fortress of Louisburg era. A farmer bought a cow from a market at the fortress and took it home. When he woke up the next day the cow was gone. When the farmer went to find her she was standing by a bay trying to find her way back to Louisburg, hence the name Cow Bay. Locals say that since the name was changed nothing has gone right for the village. The cows revenge? Hike it and find out for yourself.

As you keep straight on this trail, without turning off any of the side roads, you will take in mainly hardwood and softwood trees. You will come to an open area, past the power lines, where cutting has been done. At this area, you can go left (which is the Kytes Hill trail) or you can continue straight. This open area was once a farm. In fact, much of the trail was lived on at one point. There are signs of old wells and there once was an old sawmill on this trail. It is an excellent trail for ATVs, snowmobiles, mountain bikes, hiking and cross country skiing.

Directions: Off of highway 125, after the Louisbourg exit you will notice a stop sign indicating a dirt road. You will then notice a brown house that is in the field. This road is Cowbay Road.

Overall, Cowbay Road Trail is the 5th most popular cross country ski area of all 13 Nordic ski destinations in Nova Scotia.

Local Contacts:  Nova Scotia Tourism (800) 565-2627; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266.

Luxury Loding:  Chanterelle Country Inn, Cape Breton Island

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  7/23/2016

ID:  20176

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