Cape Breton Highlands National Park

One of Nova Scotia's most enchanting places, where the mountains meet the sea. Discover 950 square kilometres of rugged wilderness, travel along the world-famous Cabot Trail and marvel at lush, forested river canyons carved into an ancient plateau.

Two people on a rugged hiking trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park


Choose from 26 spectacular trails.

Two people setting up a tent in Cape Breton Highlands National Park


There are 8 campgrounds to choose from in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.



Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks, including Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Two people sitting on red chairs overlooking the ocean.

Red Chairs

Grab a friend, go for a walk then relax and snap a selfie on one of our red chairs.

An oceanside highway.

Sightseeing along the Cabot Trail

Some of the most spectacular views in Atlantic Canada.

A guide shows a family of five rocks on a beach.

Interpretation programs

A rich variety of programming is offered all summer throughout the park.

Visiting Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Activities and experiences

Things to do, trails, interpretation programs, beaches and swimming, biking, and more.

Plan your visit

How to get here, accessibility, facilities and services.

Camping and overnight accommodations

Types of accommodations, equipped camping, and backcountry camping.

Tours and programs

Guided hikes, interpretation programs and learning experiences.


Seasonal and annual admission passes.

Safety and guidelines

Wildlife, seasonal safety, rip currents and site regulations.

About Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Nature and science

Conservation and science, animals, plants, and the environment.

Stewardship and management

Public consultations, plans, policies, infrastructure programs, and more.

How to get here

Contact Cape Breton Highlands National Park

General inquiries

For emergencies within the national park:

Hours of operation

Open year-round
Visitor services are available: May 17 to October 27, 2024.

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