Gillis Falls are located near Sydney River, Cape Breton Island. The area is unique as there are two cascading falls on Gillis Brook, both with swimming pools below them. If you visit the area in the summer, expect others visitors as the area is a popular destination due to its proximity to the city.
To get there, head southwest on Hwy 4 from Sydney Forks. Take Hwy 216 toward Eskasoni. Go north on Gillis Lake Rd and 3.3 kilometers on the dirt road until you reach a dip in the road and a bridge across Gillis Brook. On the eastern side of the bridge you will find a short and well trodden trail to the upper falls. On the western side, the trail is less pronounced and fairly steep at the falls. Use caution descending down to the lower falls.