Traveling east on Route 16 to Canso, turn right onto Union Street. Driving past the hospital, turn right into Wilmot Subdivision reaching the parking area at the top of the hill, where signs clearly mark the trail head.
The Chapel Gully trail is situated on the easternmost point of mainland North America and is named for the Star of the Sea Church which stands nearby. This area is home to the site of the old Pest House which sheltered immigrants with communicable diseases during the early 1800’s, and those quarantined with smallpox later that century.
|Length:||5 km loop|
|Type:||Gravel and natural path|
|Facilities:||picnic tables, garbage cans|
The trail system is a short walking loop within a larger hike. An interpretive panel at the trail head will help you in your choice of route. Beginning your hike, through aromatic spruce, you will soon reach a small clearing where a path to each side allows you to complete either loop. The branch to the right leads you behind the base of the gully along the salt marsh, incorporating a look-off tower which offers a view of Glasgow Harbour and inlaying areas. Soon along your path, you will have the option of following the shorter loop back toward the gully and thus to your point of origin, or of continuing with the longer hiking route toward the shoreline and through beautiful woodlands.
By choosing the longer route, you also will be treated to the quaint and picturesque “French Cove”. Here you will find picnic and rest areas overlooking the clear-water sanctuary where many people choose to take a refreshing dip. Following the edge of the gully, this loop soon connects with the inner trail where you will be guided along natural pathways outfitted with squirrel and bird feeders. Crossing a 43-metre bridge, over the inflowing sea water, you may spot marine life such as crabs and snails. Just beyond the bridge you will traverse a pocket of Jack Pine, the rarest of three native pine trees. The seeds from these trees require extremely high temperatures to germinate and thus replenish areas such as this which have been
burned by fire.
Once back at the trail head, don’t forget to sign the registry.