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Experience Margaree & her Famous River

We’ll start our tour of the Cabot Trail in the Margaree area.  Follow the Cabot Trail from Baddeck toward Margaree Forks.  This is a very beautiful part of the trail:  green valleys, farmland and, of course, the river.

The Margaree River along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton

There are actually several Margarees:

  • North East Margaree
  • Margaree Valley
  • Margaree Centre
  • Margaree Forks
  • South West Margaree
  • East Margaree &
  • Margaree Harbour

They are all close to the river which makes them all very beautiful to visit.

The Cabot Trails takes you toward Margaree Forks where you'll find several services here including a visitor information centre. These folks will certainly be able to help you with any current activities in the area.  

I was there a couple of years ago and heard about a salmon dinner in the local community hall. It was packed and it was delicious. 

Margaree is most famous for the Margaree River. And no wonder since this is a majestic 120km long Canadian Heritage River.  If you love fly fishing then this is the place to be.  By the way....apparently bald eagles are also seen along the river!

If you want to do some fishing in the Margaree River and if you are staying overnight in the area I suggest that you ask your hosts about local guides that can take you to the best pools to fish.  They can even help you with equipment and licenses.

If you are just passing through I suggest you check out magareeguiding.com.

Horses grazing in the Margaree Valley

What to see 

There are lots more to do and see here if you are not into fishing.  Just walking along the river is wonderful.  The Margaree Salmon museum in North East Margaree (60 East Big Intervale Road, watch for the signs) is very interesting and talks about the long history of salmon fishing in the river.  This museum was actually much more than I expected when I made a visit....definitely worth a stop!

The Margaree Fish Hatchery in the Margaree Valley (115 Hatchery Road, watch for the signs) is a great place to bring the kids.  The hatchery produces thousands of atlantic salmon and brook trout in support of the Margaree River.  Their work is necessary to keep these fish in the river. 


The Margaree Summer Festival is a great occasion to get together with friends and family.  The festival features a unique and entertaining event "Anything That Floats" race at Doyles Bridge, judging of floats, canoe race, BBQ and live music. There is an evening concert in Margaree Forks.  Always the 1st Saturday in August!!


The hiking trail at Eygpt Falls in Southwest Margaree is not to be missed.  This trail is not longer than 15-30 minutes but it can be moderate to difficult walking and there is a steep hillside.

The trail descends through a stand of mixed hardwoods to the beautiful waterfall. 

I have never gone to the waterfall so it would be great to hear from a reader with a story about their visit to Eygpt Falls! Check out the bottom of this page for directions!!

Eygpt Falls, Margaree, Cape Breton

Three Fiddler Concert & Ceilidh

There are weekly Three Fiddler Concert and Ceilidh Dances at The Barn all summer long.  This is on the grounds of the Normaway Inn in the Margaree Valley.   Every Wednesday night in July and August and every Friday night in June and September. 

The concert generally starts at 8pm with the ceilidh following at 10pm.

The Normaway Inn

Margaree Accommodations

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Margaree Forks

Cajun Cedar Log Cottages - 200 acres on the Margaree River & close to salmon pools. Find the best deal & read what other travelers have to say.

The Margaree Riverview Inn has a quiet and calm location on the Margaree River. There is fly-fishing on-site! Find the best deal & read what other travelers have to say


Once you are ready to leave the Margarees  continue on the Cabot Trail toward Margaree Harbour and the Gulf of St. Lawrence Coast.  This is a beautiful area so get the camera ready and make sure you stop for a bit.

Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton

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