Dividing Ingonish Bay almost equally, Middle Head, a narrow rocky finger extending into the ocean and flanked by magnificent sandy beaches, is one of the most recognizable sights in Nova Scotia. Home of the renowned Keltic Lodge resort, it is known as “Geganisg,” or “remarkable place” to the Mi’kmaq. Middle Head was once a base for both Native and European fishers.
Much of the trail was once the carriage road connecting a summer estate, where Keltic Lodge now stands, with the fishing village. After 1 km (.6 mi), a branch loops back to return to the opposite side of the point. I counsel this option for some, because a fairly steep hill is encountered in the second half of the walk. Fortunately, there are several benches along the route, permitting rest for the weary. Experienced hikers may overlook Middle Head because of its shortness, but I recommend they reconsider. With the tern colony at the point, fishing settlement ruins, and dramatic views, this trail is well worth anyone’s attention.
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