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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located on northern Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The park can be accessed from Cheticamp on the west side, or Ingonish on the east side. It is a 2-hour drive to the park from the Canso Causeway, a 2-hour drive from Sydney, Nova Scotia, and a 5-hour drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Explore campgrounds, walking and hiking trails, beaches, and breathtaking coastal and mountain views.

Hours of operation

Park and visitor centre hours of operation.


Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

Electric vehicle charging stations

Parks Canada's managed charging stations (Tesla and J-1772) are located throughout the park, in six strategic locations.

Maps and brochures

Maps, visitor guide.


Accessible trails, camping, facilities and experiences, information kits, sensory accommodations.

Le Nique nature bookstore

Giftshop and bookstore.

Passes and permits

Seasonal and annual admission passes.

How to get here

How to get here


37639 Cabot Trail,
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia
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There are many ways to get to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Two main auto routes lead to the western entrance of the park near Chéticamp, while two other options lead to the eastern entrance in Ingonish. The scenery you experience while traveling the Cabot Trail will be vastly different depending on the direction you choose to travel—clockwise or counterclockwise—but either way, the views are breathtaking.

The Cabot Trail, one of North America's most scenic travelways, loops around northern Cape Breton and runs for nearly 300 kilometres. Approximately one-third (106 km) of the Cabot Trail is located within the park's boundaries.

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Beaches Beaches
Bus parking Bus parking
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Gift Shop Gift shop
Information Information
Lookout Lookout
Parking Parking
Picnic area Picnic area
Picnic Shelter Picnic shelter
Playground Playground
Coffee shop Restaurant or café
Restrooms Restrooms
WiFi Wi-Fi
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