The world-famous Cabot Trail weaves through 950 km2 (366 sq. mi.) of magnificent highlands and coastal wilderness in northern Cape Breton. The park offers 26 hiking trails (from easy strolls to strenuous climbs), camping, geocaching, golf, cycling, wildlife, beaches, look-offs, and weekly activities.
Visitor Centre locations
West entrance (Chéticamp) - 16648 Cabot Trail; GPS coordinates - N46 38.784 W60 57.029
East entrance (Ingonish) - 37677 Cabot Trail; GPS coordinates - N46 38.450 W60 24.233
The Cheticamp Visitor Centre includes a large exhibit, a slide show and a nature bookstore. The Ingonish Visitor Centre is a federal heritage building composed of different rocks showing a cross-section of Cape Breton's geology.
Parks Canada's knowledgeable staff will launch your adventure by providing an itinerary tailored to your needs and interests. Along with your park pass and map, get safety tips and informed suggestions on activities and places to discover.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park's operating season is from mid-May to mid-October, with full services in July and August. The Cabot Trail is open year-round. A park pass is required for use of all services and facilities in the national park, including campgrounds, the Highlands Links Golf Course, and the Keltic Lodge. Revenues are used to maintain and improve park services.
For more information on the park's fees and services, including the Early Bird Special (50% off seasonal passes), and specials on long term camping, visit parkscanada.gc.ca/capebreton.
Facilities / Services
- Bus tours
- Gift shop
- Picnic tables
- Wheelchair accessible
- Limited accessibility
- Bilingual/Multilingual staff available
Details: Park entry fee charged.