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 watching me from a rock. I got out of there quick!
If you come across coyotes;
1) Do not feed them
2) At your campsite dispose of any food or garbage far away from your tent.
3) Travel with someone .
4) Report any encounters to the National Park Service.
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 friend
2) Carry a large walking stick
3) Establish your way in and off the trail ahead of time.
There have been incidents within the last few years of where lone hikers have met serious consequences resulting in death.
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 clothing! Oh, and drive slowly if you experience fog as on the picture...
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