Lantern Walk through Time

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Step into the past and become spellbound by the tales brought to life by the call of the loon and the crash of the waves

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  • Lantern Walk through Time


    Gather at Ingonish Beach day use area near the trailhead sign (just past the canteen), where your costumed guide will appear at the hike's start time and lead you, by lantern light, around the Freshwater Lake trail and along the barrachois.

    As night falls and the forest becomes darker, tales of the "old days" come to life, beginning with the area';s early Indigenous peoples, passing onward through history.

    Listen to enchanting stories of early European visitors, Irish, Scottish and French settlers, and the area's more recent inhabitants as these local myths and legends materialize in your mind's eye.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

June 22 to October 12, 2024

9:00 pm (June and July)
8:30 pm (August 1 - 17)
8:00 pm (August 20 - 31)
7:30 pm (September 3 - 14)
7:00 pm (September 17 - 28)
6:30 pm (October 1 - 12)

1.5 - 2 hours

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Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, visit a campground kiosk or visitor centre, or call 902-285-2535.

This program is recommended for participants 8 years of age or older. There is a maximum of 20 participants per program. The program will take place in most weather conditions, as long as participants wish to attend. Cancellations should be made at least two hours before the start time to be eligible for a refund, and to ensure the space may be offered to others.

Meet at Ingonish Beach day use area near the Freshwater Lake trailhead sign – look for the sandwich board indicating the gathering point. Dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to apply insect repellant.

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