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Parks Canada 411 – Road Conditions

Story by: Team Destination Cape Breton

Updated December 13, 2021:

Park Canada’s Asset Management and Highway Engineering crews have been working diligently to assess damages, clear roads, source materials, and put the necessary contracts in place so repair work can take place. 

The storm impacted several areas on the eastern side of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Roadbed erosion, washouts, and the destruction of several culverts occurred over the two-day weather event.

The portion of the Cabot Trail that was completely washed out during the wind and rain storm on November 22-23, 2021, will reopen to vehicular traffic this week. Thanks to the hard and diligent work of contractors, the Cabot Trail is expected to reopen to one-lane traffic on Tuesday, December 14, at 2:00 pm. However, motorists should expect traffic delays for the duration of the road work, which may take several more months. Large sections of the impacted roadway may be reduced to one lane, and traffic control lights will be in place.
The Cabot Trail is the main route connecting the communities of Neils Harbour and Ingonish, and lies in the eastern section of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It had been rendered impassable by the storm, which dropped 270 millimetres of rain in Ingonish, overwhelmed bridges and culverts, and undermined the Cabot Trail along a 15-kilometre stretch.
Contractors and materials were quickly mobilized to the area and work has been conducted around the clock to re-establish the roadway at Marrach Brook near the Broad Cove Campground. Concurrently, crews are busy replacing culverts near Still Brook and Black Brook, and repairing several sections of the Cabot Trail.

For the most up-to-date and accurate reports on road safety and conditions, call 511 or visit

Updates will also be posted on the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Facebook page.

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