Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Months of Operation

May 15 - October 18


16648 Cabot Trail (West entrance), 37677 Cabot Trail (East entrance), Cape Breton Highlands NP, Cabot Trail


T: 902-224-2306




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 visitor centres are also home base for Parks Canada Xplorers and Club Parka activities for the younger crowd.

In Chéticamp fill up your travel mug with coffee, stay connected with free Wi-Fi, and visit the nature bookstore.

In Ingonish, check out the interactive map to help you plan your visit and take a little something home from the official Parks Canada merchandise.

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 the end of 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 (discounts on seasonal passes), and specials on long-term camping, visit .

More Details

Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Gift shop
Picnic tables
Wheelchair accessible
Limited accessibility
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available

Detailed Information

Activities: Camping, Golf, Hiking, Whale watching
Admission: No admission charge in 2017.