Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Months of Operation

May 17 - October 30

Hours Of Operation

Park is open year-round. The visitor centres are open from mid-May until October 30th.

Spring hours: 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Summer hours: 8:30a.m. to 7:00p.m.

Fall hours: 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.


16 Visitor Centre Road (West entrance), 37637 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): 16 Visitor Centre Road, GPS coordinates N46 38.784 W60 57.029
  • East entrance (Ingonish): 37637 Cabot Trail, GPS coordinates N46 38.450 W60 24.233
Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only available from mid-May until mid-October.

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 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 (discounts on seasonal passes), visit our website.

More Details

Facilities / Services

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

Detailed Information

Activities: Camping, Golf, Hiking
Admission: Park entry fee charged.