Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Experience the #1 Drive in North America!
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park has its share of ups and downs – and that’s a very good thing for visitors. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons are carved into a forested plateau bordering the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean. The world famous Cabot Trail, with it's many scenic look-offs and stopping points, weaves through the park. Stop at the Cheticamp or Ingonish Visitor Centres to enhance your visit, get trip planning assistance, Parks Canada merchandise, free Wifi and more.
With 26 walking & hiking trails, six magnificent beaches, 24 stunning look-off points, eight campgrounds, numerous waterfalls, and world class golf at Highlands Links, it’s natural freedom for families, couples and solo adventurers.
Cook and crack fresh lobster on a beach steeped in history as the sun gently sets over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Share tunes, stories, local knowledge and more as you dine.
Grab a compass (we’ll lend you one); pack your sack (we’ll tell you what to bring); and follow us into the back country! Awaken your senses as you explore remote waterfalls, tranquil lakes, swooping panoramic views, and cliff-bound river canyons. Learn skills that will allow you adventure wherever you may be.
Your Park After Dark
Night hikes: Your guide to nocturnal exploration!
- Seeing in the Dark: Explore the night in a place where it truly gets dark.
- Lantern Walk Through Time: Step into the past and become spellbound by the tales of this place.
- Skyline Sunset Hike: Immerse yourself in the splendour of the sunset as the ocean glistens below.
Experience an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail while hiking this mostly level boardwalk in the heart of Cape Breton National Highlands Park. Keep an eye out for whales, wildlife, and the many boreal birds that call the area home. On this trek, you won’t just look at nature, you’ll be in the thick of it. For an amazing end to your day, take part in the Skyline Sunset Hike offered by the National Park.
Beaches & Waterfalls
Take in spectacular views at any of the Park’s 24 look-off points, feel the sand between your toes at each of the 6 national park beaches, and breathe in the mist from numerous cascading waterfalls.
Be sure to pick up your map at the visitor centers in Ingonish or Cheticamp as you enter the park.
Camp on the #1 Island in North America!
Experience camping in Nova’s Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park - then get ready to brag about it.
With 8 unique campgrounds, 22 hiking trails - including the famous Skyline Trail and 4 shorter walking trails, 24 stunning look-off points, and waterfalls, wildlife, and sandy beaches - it's no wonder Cape Breton was voted the #1 island in North America by Travel + Leisure magazine.