Note: Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada places will be different than it has been in the past. The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health experts in resuming visitor access and services. We encourage all visitors to practice physical distancing while visiting Parks Canada places.
Parks Canadas network of protected places is large and diverse. Visitor access, services, and even opening dates may vary across Cape Breton Island and Canso depending on local circumstances. Please visit pc.gc.ca/ns and follow Parks Canadas social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.
Camping: On July 13, Cape Breton Highlands National Park will be accepting new camping reservations for Broad Cove, Ingonish Beach and Chéticamp campgrounds. We will not be offering oTENTik or equipped camping sites this year, however, RV and tent sites are available for advanced booking. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to accept walk-in reservations.
Visitor Centres: Starting July 20, our visitor reception centres in Ingonish and Chéticamp in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will open. In late July, select programs and additional visitor services will be available as well.
Unwind and recharge at the Chéticamp Campground, nestled in the serene Chéticamp River valley between the river and mountains. Your campsite is the perfect setting to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with easy access to four of the park’s 26 hiking trails. A short drive leads to the vibrant town of Chéticamp and many nearby beaches. The campground offers both wooded and open campsites, as well as showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters with wood stoves, fire pits, a playground, interpretive programs, hiking trails, and geocaching. The nearby visitor centre offers a nature bookstore and coffee. During the shoulder season, you can pay at the nearby visitor centre or by self-registration if the centre is closed.
Located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, this is a quiet family campground by the Chéticamp River, with the mountains as a backdrop. Approximately 8 km north of the village of Chéticamp. There are 122 sites (most with fireplace) with 69 tenting, 24 hook-up sites (E, W, Se; 20-, 30- & 50-amp),14 with electrical, 10 oTENTiks and 5 equipped camping sites. Accessible sites are available. The park is open year-round, but full visitor services are only available from mid-May until mid-October.
· Washrooms with hot showers and flush toilets
· Potable water
· Kitchen shelters with picnic tables and wood stoves
· Visitor Centre close by with nature bookstore, family corner, and Wi-Fi
· Cell phone reception varies within campground
· Interpretive programming in July and August including nature presentations, explore programs, daily hikes, a weekly campfire, and Indigenous programming
· Nearby: Guided sunset hike and lobster boil (applicable fees)
· In Cheticamp: golf, sandy swimming beach, cultural museums, whale tours, craft shops, laundry, restaurants, groceries, gas stations
· Get the whole family involved in geocaching to find Parkas hat and learn to identify 5 native trees. Earn a Parks Canada souvenir and have a ton of fun!
There are several walking/hiking trails, including:
· Acadian for panoramic views of the coastline
· Salmon Pools for an easier hike along the river.
· Skyline (a 15-minute drive away) for a truly magnificent view of the ocean & mountains.
Facilities / Services:
· Bilingual staff available
· Pets welcome (except in oTENTiks and Equipped Campsites)
· This property accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
· Activities: Fishing, Hiking
· Admission: Park pass required.
· Directions: North of Chéticamp at park entrance.