Cape Breton Highlands National Park Travel Guide

  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
    by TooTallFinn24
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
    by TooTallFinn24

Cape Breton Highlands National Park Things to Do

  • Cape Breton Highlands

    The Cape Breton Highlands are a mountainous plateau of older rock and forests on the northern portion of Cape Breton Island. Most of the area is within the Cape Breton National Park that was established by Canada in 1936. The area contains many magnificent views of deep canyons, harbors, and great coastal scenery. The Cape Breton Highlands are most...

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  • Joe's Scarecrows in Cheticamp

    Just south of Cheticamp is the very unusual Joe's Scarecrows. As you approach you are not sure what is. Literally tens to hundreds of scarecrows are located on a grass field with halloween masks. They are dressed in many different ways portraying everything from lumber jacks, to police officers to little kids. Many of them are arranged in circles...

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  • Fascinating Cheticamp

    Located just south, of the entrance to Cape Breton National Park, on the western side is the town of Cheticamp. The town of Cheticamp is home to about 4,000 residents. It is the largest Acadian and french speaking town in the Cape Breton area. Cheticamp grew up primarily as a fishing town in the 1700's and its first permanent residents didn't...

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  • Hiking

    Cape Breton Highlands NP is perfect for hiking. Along the road that leads through the park there are no less than 28 hiking trails ranging from a 15 min walk to a rocky cape to a 6 hrs hardcore hike. Due to the bad weather conditions I experienced when I visited Cape Breton Highlands NP, I had to skip most of them. I did, however, hike down the...

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  • Neil's Harbour

    Neil's Harbour is worth a short stay: A very nice and pleasant village located on the east side of the Cabot Trail with a beautiful lighthouse and some places to stay or eat. Make sure to visit the lighthouse as you have a good view on the village from there and you also see the dramatic skies over the ocean in front of you.

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  • Trail 7 - Skyline trail

    The Skyline trail was the highlight of the trails we hiked (and the only one without signboards). It was the longest - almost 9 km, and the view at the mid-point of the trail was amazing. You land up at the top of a hill with a boardwalk part way down the hill -- spectacular view -- ocean before you, the winds blowing at you - almost gale-force...

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  • Trail 8 - Bog trail

    We remembered this hike from the last time we drove the Cabot trail, over 20 years ago. Back then, we brought our eighteen-month-old son on that trip, and he walked the whole bog trail.The bog trail is built on a boardwalk meandering through the bog. You will pass bog plants (like the bug-eating pitcher plant) and orchids, and perhaps see a moose....

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  • Trail 12 - Lone Shieling

    The Lone Shieling is a replica of a Scottish highland sheep-herder's hut -- the hut and some sugar maple forest were donated to the province by a Scottish family before the national park was created. I don't think there ever was any sheep herding in this forest, just one family trying to remind visiters of the Scottish heritage of many of the...

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  • Trail 25 - Middlehead

    This trail was interesting. First you have to drive out to the Keltic Lodge on a peninsula. It's a fancy Lodge -- rooms in 2005 for two go for $351 plus taxes per night (dinner included) -- a little out of our league.However, you can drive past the lodge and the cottages and start the 1 to 2 hour (4km) hike from the parking lot beyond all the...

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Coyotes: A Present Threat

    About two years ago a young teenage singer from Toronto was killed by coyotes. There have also been other reported incidents.Coyotes within the national park seem to be less fearful of the presence of humans compared to outside of the park where they are trapped and hunted. On my trip to Cape Breton I encountered what appeared to be a young coyote...

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  • Hike With Someone Please!

    Hiking can be a lot of fun. However in Cape Breton, as well as other national parks, some common sense is important. I suggest when hiking on one of the great trails in the park;1) Always hike with a friend2) Carry a large walking stick3) Establish your way in and off the trail ahead of time.There have been incidents within the last few years of...

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  • Weather Changes

    Cape Breton Island is notorious for its quickly changing weather conditions. As mentioned in this page's intro, I "enjoyed" blue skies, pouring rain, the densest imaginable fog, sunshine, storm and a lot more in just 24 hours. The weather can turn from one extreme to another in even a shorter time, so make sure to be equipped with the necessary...

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Wildlife - moose

    We were amazed how the moose ignored us. We were on the Skyline trail hiking the long way back to our car when twice we came across a solitary moose eating lunch such as this one. She never so much as glanced at us. We could tell that she was aware of us by looking at her ears. I couldn't decide how close to get. She didn't seem to mind me coming...

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  • Wildlife - grouse

    We often came across grouse while hiking. These birds seem to forage on foot, and also did not show much concern about us. Probably realized we would never be able to catch them anyway.They were hogging the path. After they finished eating all the berries on the path, they moved aside for us.

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