MTB Project Logo

Celtic Shore Coastal Trail: Port Hood-Judique Out and Back

  4.0 ( 1 ) Favorite


22.7 mile 36.6 kilometer out and back
0% Singletrack


Ascent: 572' 174 m
Descent: -572' -174 m
High: 114' 35 m
Low: 2' 1 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Duncan Hughes


Current trail conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store
This content is still in development or in editorial review.

A great, nearly flat, rail-to-trail along scenic coast.

Duncan Hughes

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features Views · Commonly Bikepacked

ADA Accessible Flat, crushed gravel mostly; parking lots are on the same level.

Family Friendly Dozens of trailheads, access points along the whole length of the Celtic Shore Coastal Trail. Lots of viewpoints, nature, and food places.


This section of the much longer tail-to-trail Celtic Shore Coastal Trail is 22.7 miles when done as an out an back. Road signs are bilingual English/Gaelic. There are music centers, old churches, restaurants, the Glenora Distillery of whisky (not Scotch!). Views occur every few miles, and it's well-marked and signed. If the weather is right, you can see great views of the coast and water and whales and such.

Need to Know

There are a variety of parking lots along the trail, of varying sizes. Near to the big road, and some right near visitor centers, like Inverness. First 4km might be washed out due to tides. Easy access from most of the trailhead parking lots. First bit is coastal with view, the latter part is more in the woods/hills. Grocery stores, services at several locations. Camping nearby.


An old coal train ran along this stretch of Nova Scotia's coast. Now it's an easy, wide, gravel path with a few road crossings. The Celtic Shore Trail is made from 5 locally-maintained trails, starting with the Ceilidh Coastal Trail; right after you cross the Canso Causeway from the bigger part of Nova Scotia, the trail goes right along the coast. Each section has its own flavour and history. up to Port Hood and then Inverness. The southern part is more scenic, the northern more wooded. Serious bug issues if you stop, during the summer. Ouch. Several of the bigger stops have information kiosks with local food, bike shops, etc. on their map.
It is only one small part of the Great Trail (… ) connecting all of Canada's provinces.
They allow snowmobiles and "quads" ATVs on this multiuse trail, so you assume that electric mtn bikes would be okay, too.

History & Background

This was the railway of the Judique Flyer, a coal-fired steam train that ran 60 miles along the coast. Poet and sea captain Michael MacDonald arrived here in 1775, and spent the winter in a shelter where the trail goes today.

Rate This Featured Ride

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Check In



Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote


in Cape Breton


  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Featured Ride Rankings


in Cape Breton


in Nova Scotia


8 Views Last Month
8 Since Sep 2, 2019



Coal Train info board. The bridge collapsed, dumping the train into the water.
Sep 2, 2019 near Princev…, NS
Trailhead with QR code to map and info
Sep 2, 2019 near Princev…, NS


MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter