Meat Cove to Pollett’s Cove

As my hiking companion Etienne says, “The hike from Meat Cove over to Pollett’s Cove is an experience worth doing over and over again.  It’s one of those adventures that holds new surprises, new ways of getting there and trusted old friends to share it with”.  The same crew was on-board once again; Derry, Etienne, Laura, and myself.  We started Saturday at 10am and hiked for 8 hours.  We hiked Sunday for 10 hours and arrived at Pollett’s Cove at 6pm.  There is NO TRAIL … just map and compass work to get from Meat Cove to the trail head of Pollett’s Cove in Red River.   We completed this adventure a couple years back and thought we would attack it again.  This year we added the coastal portion of Cape St Lawrence and the coastal meadow along the shore to Lowland Cove.

There are numerous thick trees and groves of alders.  At times the underbrush also took its toll as we could not see what was in front of us.  One wrong step, over a fallen log, could easily result in a broken leg or ankle!  I remember once that we were crossing a bog at our feet, laced with tuckamore at our thighs, and facing very thick alder bushes all the way through as well.  This short short trek to the other side took what seemed like forever.  Another memorable event was when we could see what looked like a beautiful grassy field in the distance.  This looked to be an amazing place to set up camp on night 1.  After struggling through the alders, over a brook and to the other side … our beautiful little grassy area was soaked with water underneath and we could NOT set up camp in this area.  So off we travel to find dry land.

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  1. Gail Lomas

    Great read, Corey…I’ve done tonnes of hiking this summer but none in Cape Breton. I’m living vicariously through you for this one!

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