Skip to main content

Acadian Trail


16 Visitor Centre Road, Chéticamp

902-224-2306

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Trip Advisor Rating Based on 82 Reviews

Highlights

Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada-administered places may be different than it has been in the past.

Please visit pc.gc.ca/ns and follow Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada-administered places. 

Overview

Climb 365 metres above the Chéticamp River for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéticamp river valley and the park’s highland interior. Benches along the way let you rest periodically and enjoy the scenery. Watch how the forest changes as you climb steadily to the top and be on the look-out for black bear and moose.

Trailhead: Opposite the Chéticamp Visitor Centre. 

Significant Feature: Ocean and mountain scenery

Length: 8.4 km (5.2 mi) loop

Hiking Time: 3–4 hours

Elevation: 20–365 m (65–1200 ft.) 

Steep inclines. Rugged sections. Stream crossings.
Trail Rating: Moderate

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.646863 Long: -60.950197 or
Lat: 46.645107 Long: -60.947226

Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only
available from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required all year for hiking or use of other services in the park; park entry fee applies.  Check in at the Parks Canada visitor centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd, situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.

For your comfort and safety:
– Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
– Take along appropriate clothing – rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
– Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
– Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
– Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
– Stay on designated trails and boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
– Read “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres and on the Parks Canada website.

– Recreational drone use is prohibited within the national park for the safety of wildlife and other visitors.

Nearby Things To Do

Salmon Pools Trail

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Trip Advisor Rating 2 Reviews

Regions: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Cabot Trail

Community: Chéticamp & Area

Ideal for a fitness walk or a stroll, this level trail follows the bottom of the Chéticamp river canyon with cliffs almost 400 metres (1300...


46.6433 -60.9468

Lone Shieling Trail

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Trip Advisor Rating 39 Reviews

Regions: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Featuring 400-year-old sugar maple trees, the Grande Anse Valley is one of the largest old-growth hardwood forests in the Maritimes. As one ...


46.8098 -60.733

Locals Know Blogs