Le Buttereau Trail - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Months of Operation

May 15 - October 18

Hours Of Operation

Full visitor services available mid-May until mid-October; park is open year-round for visitors to enjoy. A park pass is required all year for hiking or use of other services in the park.


Cape Breton Highlands NP, Cabot Trail


T: 902-224-2306

E: cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca


The self-guiding trail explores mixed Acadian forest, old fields and foundation ruins on a “buttereau” (small hill) overlooking the Chéticamp River and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Wildflowers, trees and shrubs have invaded these pastures that were once tilled by the Acadian pioneers, making an ideal spot for birds and small mammals. Plaques commemorate former Acadian homesteads.

Trailhead: On the Cabot Trail at the Grande Falaise picnic area. 
Significant Feature: Acadian history, ocean
Length: 1.6 km (1 mi) loop.
Hiking Time: 30 - 45 minutes
Elevation: 10 - 55 m (35 - 180 ft.)
Interpretive loop. Suitable for most skill levels. Short climbs. 

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.676389 Long: -60.957946

Open from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required all year for hiking or use of other services in the park.  Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16648 Cabot Trail, situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37639 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.

For your comfort and safety:
- Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
- Take along appropriate clothing - rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
- Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
- Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
- Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
- Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
- Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
- Read "Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe" brochure, available at park visitor centres.

More Details

Detailed Information

Activities: Hiking
Directions: On the Cabot Trail at the Grande Falaise picnic area.