Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands with its abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history dating back to the last Ice Age.
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  • Sandy S
    Riverside, Connecticut652 contributions
    Don't miss hiking trail
    We hiked the Skyline trail -- amazing views without having to climb too high. Although we were there on a perfect day in peak season, it wasn't unpleasantly crowded, and in any case, everyone was very friendly. Highly recommended!
    Visited August 2022
    Written February 17, 2023
  • lovetotravel846
    Boston, Massachusetts180 contributions
    Long and winding road..
    We started in Ingonish and drove counter clockwise around the loop. This is a long, winding, steep drive at times. If that type of driving or riding bothers you, don’t do it. We came to Cape Breton to enjoy the amazing scenery and hike. Unfortunately due to the wild fires in Halifax, all trails in the park were closed. We were able to drive the loop and visit the beaches. Needless to say this is truly an amazing place, well worth the drive to see the dramatic coastline.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Juliusz C
    Toronto, Canada46 contributions
    Beautiful place
    We stayed in the park for 9 days and hiked most of the available trails. Interesting trails lasting from 15 minutes to 3-4 hours. Trail heads very well marked, with the exception of Aspy Mountain.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • GlenMcKenzie1
    Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada171 contributions
    A Lifetime Experience
    We just finished a three-day tour of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park and the Cabot Trail are a lifetime level of experience. There are campgrounds, trails, and a variety of experiences for the entire family. A not to miss hike is the world-famous Skyline Trail located about 15 minutes from the Cheticamp Visitors Centre. In addition, there are a number of pull-off vistas along the road(Cabot Trail) that offer amazing views across the horizon. We'll definitely be returning. Remember, there are no gas stations or restaurants located within the National Park itself. We made sure our tank was full each day before adventuring out from Cheticamp.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • D D
    Dartmouth, Canada3 contributions
    Unwind
    Amazing trails as always. Just make sure you book the right place to stay for easy access to multiple trails at once without too much driving around. I always go to Ingonish as it's the center of most.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Ken D
    Ottawa, Canada127 contributions
    A beautiful, majestic drive
    The drive around the Cabot Trail offers gorgeous scenery and lots of twists and turns, and things to see and do on the way (numerous look-out points, hikes, restaurants, beaches etc.). We drove counter-clockwise from Baddeck so the water was always on our right. We travelled the Cabot Trail on a Tuesday and never felt crowded. We missed out on Skyline Trail hike because capacity was reached, so go earlier in the day if that's on your to do list.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Sanjay S
    75 contributions
    Superb landscapes and sites - and not heavily traveled
    We spent 3 days in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and surroundings. Our favorite hikes (in order) were White Point (not in the park itself), Skyline Trail, Broad Cove Mountain, MocIntosh Brook, and Benjies Lake This was traveling with 2 small children. We were based in Cheticamp, and really preferred the stunning views on the drives on the west side of the park. I could easily spend 4-5 days in the park. Cheticampe was a great base between proximity to the views/ hikes we preferred, Coop grocery store, and selection of restaurants.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
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Francois G
Longueuil, Canada7 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
This is one of the most beautiful Canadian national park. It is a must...at least once on your lifetime. The rugged coastline, the wildlife and sea life will amaze you.
Written September 9, 2023
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Janice Scott
16 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Several issues
Nova Scotian drivers are very unkind to tourist, they tail gate & dangerously pass in very bad ( foggy) conditions
What’s this about forced tipping when paying restaurant bill, esp in Ingonish. Not good🫤.
Also can’t use public BR any where. Great way to lose business. As soon as we see the sign on business door we walk away.. hopefully other people will too. They are suppose to be so friendly here… not really
Older staff in information Center not nice o helpful at all, quite rude. They need to change the staff
Written September 7, 2023
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Debbie J
Ottawa, Canada7 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
This is a huge park, the Cabot trail (road) goes around the outside of the park, trails are located off this road. There are approx. 30 trails located along the edge of the park, the website gives a brief description of each. We were keen to hike along the trails with coastal views, many only have glimpses of the ocean, the growth of the trees has made some of the trail descriptions out of date. Some trails are also shortened due to erosion, most have this warning on the website. We only explored the Cheticamp side of the park, the area closer to Sydney may have had better views. You need to buy a park pass to use the Cabot trail, approx $80 for the week, $16 a day, from the Park centre. We did not use the weekly pass enough so should have paid the daily rate. The Cabot Trail (road) has some spectacular look outs you pull into to view the coast line, this is also where some of the walks start. You will do a lot of driving to get around the edge of the park.
Written September 6, 2023
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Sanjay S
New York, New York, United States75 contributions
Aug. 2023
We spent 3 days in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and surroundings. Our favorite hikes (in order) were White Point (not in the park itself), Skyline Trail, Broad Cove Mountain, MocIntosh Brook, and Benjies Lake This was traveling with 2 small children.

We were based in Cheticamp, and really preferred the stunning views on the drives on the west side of the park. I could easily spend 4-5 days in the park. Cheticampe was a great base between proximity to the views/ hikes we preferred, Coop grocery store, and selection of restaurants.
Written August 24, 2023
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Ken D
Ottawa, Canada127 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
The drive around the Cabot Trail offers gorgeous scenery and lots of twists and turns, and things to see and do on the way (numerous look-out points, hikes, restaurants, beaches etc.). We drove counter-clockwise from Baddeck so the water was always on our right. We travelled the Cabot Trail on a Tuesday and never felt crowded. We missed out on Skyline Trail hike because capacity was reached, so go earlier in the day if that's on your to do list.
Written August 20, 2023
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D D
Dartmouth, Canada3 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
Amazing trails as always. Just make sure you book the right place to stay for easy access to multiple trails at once without too much driving around. I always go to Ingonish as it's the center of most.
Written August 6, 2023
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GlenMcKenzie1
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada171 contributions
Jul. 2023
We just finished a three-day tour of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park and the Cabot Trail are a lifetime level of experience. There are campgrounds, trails, and a variety of experiences for the entire family.

A not to miss hike is the world-famous Skyline Trail located about 15 minutes from the Cheticamp Visitors Centre. In addition, there are a number of pull-off vistas along the road(Cabot Trail) that offer amazing views across the horizon.

We'll definitely be returning. Remember, there are no gas stations or restaurants located within the National Park itself. We made sure our tank was full each day before adventuring out from Cheticamp.
Written July 21, 2023
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I326TFdavew
Amherst, NH130 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
Our expectations were very high but we were not as excited as we had hoped. The views along the Cabot Trail were nice but just a lot of trees for most of the way. We did the Skyline trail but it was hot and crowded with the same views you could get at any overlook. Other hiking trails were also just ordinary walks.
Written July 16, 2023
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Juliusz C
Toronto, Canada46 contributions
Jul. 2023
We stayed in the park for 9 days and hiked most of the available trails. Interesting trails lasting from 15 minutes to 3-4 hours. Trail heads very well marked, with the exception of Aspy Mountain.
Written July 10, 2023
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX3,911 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Solo
Nice drive. Park is serene. Great views, water, relax or get active. Helpful fellow at the Park Office. Great scenery. Lots to do.
Written July 5, 2023
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