White Hill, Nova Scotia

Prominence: 533 m, 1749 ft

Elevation: 533 meters, 1749 feet

True Isolation: 151.28 km, 94 mi
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 42' 21'' N, 60° 35' 55'' W
46.705806, -60.598573 (Dec Deg)
683566 E 5175273 N, Zone 20 (UTM)
State/ProvinceNova Scotia (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionVictoria (Highest Point)

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     Combined USA-Canada-Mexico State/Province High Points (Rank #82)
     Appalachian Mountain Range4 High Points (Rank #23)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #197)
     Canada Sampler List (Rank #46)
     Most Prominent Peaks of Canadian Provinces (Rank #9)
     Canada Province/Territory High Points (Rank #12)
     EPIC List - Provinces/Territories of Canada (Rank #18)
     Principal Heights of Canada (Rank #105)
     All Canada County/Census Division High Points (Rank #170)
     Canada National Park High Points (Rank #28)
     Nova Scotia County High Points (Rank #1)
     Canada Island High Points (Rank #61)

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       Not Won in a Day: Climbing Canada's Highpoints (Bennett)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 20
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Selected Trip Reports:
     1989-07 by Andy Martin (Unsuccessful)
     1994-09-19 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1997-07-27 by Ben Lostracco (Unsuccessful)
     1999-07-12 by Ben Lostracco
     2008-07-12 by Rob Broeren
     2011-07-16 by Eric Gilbertson
     2012-04-23 by Brian Friedrich
     2012-07-21 by Troy Alward
     2015-08-14 by Dwight Wolf (Unsuccessful)
     2021-09-13 by Robert Wayper
     2022-06-25 by Zackary Michek (GPS Track)

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You might think that the highest point in all of Nova Scotia, located in the scenic Cape Breton Highlands and in the center of a well-visited National Park, would be a prominent, famous, and popular peak. You would at least expect a well-marked hiking trail to the summit, perhaps crowded on weekends with families and dogs, and with interpretive signs at the trailhead or even at the top.

Well, if that is what you thought, then White Hill is almost the exact opposite of that picture. It is an extremely remote, lonely, low bump on a marshy, barren, windswept upland about 20 km/13 mi from the nearest road and 10 km/6 mi from any maintained hiking trails. When I talked to National Park rangers about access to the peak in 1994, they discouraged me and were not sure the last time anyone was up in that area. I don't think the situation has changed much since then.

The remoteness of White Hill, to me, makes it a special peak whose ascent is more of an adventure than a basic half-day hike to a high point. Depite its very low elevation, the central Cape Breton Highlands is a treeless expanse of bushes and lakes remininscent of the moors and heaths of Scotland (the original Scotia), and exploring into the heart of this area can be a great way to really get away from it all.

The standard route these days appears to be from the south, via the Cheticamp Flowage lake, but it involves some bushwhacking and routefinding. This route has been done by fit trail-runners in 4 hours round trip, but most mortals will require a full day. The route with the least bushwhacking uses the Branch Pond Lookoff Trail and then the unmaintained fire roads beyond to Lake of the Islands and finally the summit, but that is a 27 mile hike round trip. Travel in the backcountry here is often very swampy and boggy and keeping your feet dry can be challenging.

A remote bump covered with low scrub, White Hill is the highest land in Nova Scotia (1994-09-19).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 533 m/1749 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 533 m/1749 ft
  Key Col: Atlantic Ocean    0 m/0 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 151.28 km/94 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 47.702193, -59.238674
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Table Mountain  (NE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Canadian Appalachians
Range4: Nova Scotia (Highest Point)
Range5: Cape Breton Highlands (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
Gulf of St. Lawrence
Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic-Nova Scotia
Atlantic Ocean
IslandCape Breton Island (Highest Point)
OwnershipLand: Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Highest Point)
Topo MapCheticamp River 11 K/10 1:50,000
Route #1 Bushwhack: Lake of the Islands
Trailhead: Lake of the Islands Trailhead (Dirt Road) 104 m/341 ft
Vertical Gain: 429 m/1408 ft
Distance (one way): 20.92 km/13 mi
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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