News and Events

“Connecting With Nature” – Cape Mabou Trail System

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Join the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to celebrate the protection of over 2000 acres of important coastal habitat in the Mabou Highlands. As part of our ‘Connecting With Nature’ series, a guided morning hike will lead you to experience first-hand the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Mabou Highlands.

Cost: $15 (cash or cheque on site)

Space is limited. Please register by July 22nd. Email: or Call: (902) 425-5263

Nature Conservancy Events website

Cape Mabou Trail Club Website

Ceilidh Coastal Trail 5KM Walk/Run

When:             Saturday, August 24, 2019

Location:        Creignish Recreation Centre,  2123 Highway 19, Creignish

Time:               Registration is at 8:00am  with Walk/Run begins at 9:00am

Sponsored by Ceilidh Coastal Trail Association. For more information: Call or text 902-870-2558


Great Trail Celebrations

August 26, 2017 was a pretty awesome day in Inverness County! Nine communities – Creignish, Judique, Port Hood, Mabou, Inverness, East Lake Ainslie, Whycocomagh, Orangedale, and Marble Mountain came together to walk, run, hike, padddle and bike and celebrate “The Great Trail”. It was a fantastic way to celebrate 100% TCT Connection in Inverness County & across the country. This beautiful video captures a bit of what the day looked like. Thank you to our many volunteers, the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and Heritage Canada who made this wonderful day possible! Enjoy!

CELTIC SHORES RIDE – October 1, 2017

Just a few days away, so register now at for the 1st “CELTIC SHORES RIDE” celebrating the designation of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail as part of the new Blue Route NS provincial network!  Co-hosted by Bicycle Nova Scotia & the CCST team. Share the word with your seasoned and first time cycling friends.
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail: Ride & Official “Blue Route” Designation
October 1, 2017 – Come out and ride the trail!
What it is:
This ride celebrates the designation of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail as part of the Blue Route NS network. Food, refreshments await in Port Hood at 12:30.  During lunch there will be special guests on hand to speak about the ride and the trail designation, and chance to meet the groups that have been instrumental in making this trail happen.
How it works:
The ride will leave from two starting points, both starting at 9am and both ending up in Port Hood for 12:30pm. There will be one meet up at 10:30am at a halfway point( at Micheal’s Landing, Judique & West Mabou Look Off) where people can join in a shorter ride. The Troy Station & Inverness start points are about 40+ km (80+ round trip).

South to North: Troy —> Judique (22km) —> Port Hood (38.3km)
North to South: Inverness Trail Head —> Mabou Crossing (23.1km) —> Port Hood (44.8km) Free Admission Kid Friendly,
For more info & to register go to:

Trail Day Celebrations June 7, 2014 – All Welcome!

Cycling and Walking Event on the Ceilidh Coastal Trail
June 7, 2014 9am

To celebrate International Trails Day Saturday, June 7, 2014, the Ceilidh Coastal Trail Association will host a cycling and walking event on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail on Cape Breton Island.

Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Creignish Recreation Centre in Creignish, N.S. Creignish is located on Cape Breton Island 11 km. from the Canso Causeway on Highway 19 North.

The cycling event will be a distance of 11 km. and the walking event a distance of 5 km. The events will take place rain or shine.

Trail condition is a hard packed fine gravel surface and some recycled asphalt on a former railbed with a maximum grade of 2%. All are welcome.

Light refreshments will be available without charge.


Whycocomagh Trail Opening & Kids Rainbow Fun Run
June 7, 2014 1:30pm


Kids of all ages are invited to participate in a fun run on the trail after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Please wear bright rainbow colors and you can get your face painted at the opening. Families are encouraged to hike the trail after the Fun Run!

International Trails Day on Chestico Trail, June 2nd, 2012

ITD Chest 2Chestico Trail in Port Hood

Chestico Trails joined the Inverness detachment of the RCMP for an International Trails Day event. The event started at the Bayview School with a Bike Rodeo. After putting the kids through their paces and drawing prizes for the participant…s, the 30 bikers were escorted to the local Trans Canada Trail (TCT) at Sharron Drive where they were joined by others on foot, bikes, and horseback. This enthusiastic group travelled approximately four kilometres on the TCT stopping only for water. As they arrived at the Chestico Trails Park, everyone enjoyed BBQ hot dogs, sausages, and refreshments, while the horses relaxed with lots of fresh water. The Chestico Trails Association wishes to thank all the participants, workers, and members of the RCMP, for making this trails day event a reality!


ITD on Chestico Section

The LOU 52 – Cape Breton’s 1st Ultra Marathon

The LOU 52K - Linda's Ovarian Ultra Marathon - North Sydney, NS   On the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, Inverness to Mabou return, Cape Breton, August 24, 2013.

The LOU 52? stands for Linda’s Ovarian Ultra 52 KM Trail Race. An Ultra Marathon is a race that is longer than 42 KM (26.2 miles). The LOU 52 is dedicated to the memory of Linda Nagels who courageously battled Ovarian cancer for over 7 years.  ​

​Linda battled ovarian cancer for over 7 years showing endurance.  She had to dig deep and fight.  Many would have quit or given up but she kept going with a smile on her face and an amazing sense of humour under very difficult circumstances. The determination and fight to continue and never break is the same mind set an Ultra Marthoner needs. Ultra Marathoners have a lot in common with Linda Nagels so it only made sense to dedicate an Ultra Marathon in her name.  She touched the hearts of everyone she met.  “Gone But Not Forgotten”

Each finisher will receive a 52 KM finishers medal.  Each finisher is also handed a piece of chocolate cake. ​This is not any ordinary chocolate cake.  This is from Linda’s secret Chocolate Cake recipe.​

A little more about the race…

The Route is on the Inverness Shean and Mabou Rivers Sections of the newly rebranded Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. The trail follows the former I&R and CN Railway. The route offers spectacular views of Lake Anslie, Cape Mabou Hills, Mull River, Mabou Landing, The Deepdale trestle, and finishing with a memorable view of Inverness Harbour and the new Cabot Links golf course.

There is a limit of 52 runners.  This will be an intimate race with a personal touch.  Each runner will have an opportunity to have a write-up done on themselves to have posted on the site.  Linda loved people and their stories.  She also loved presents, so in light of that each runner will draw for prizes when they finish the race.  We are trying to get some good schwag and we will update the site and Facebook frequently.  Let us know if this will be your first Ultra– we would like to make it extra special for first timers.

Each participant will receive a commemorative water bottle, and a reuseable mesh bag.

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