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Le Buttereau Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park


17317 Cabot Trail

902-224-2306

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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.

Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.

Parks Canada’s 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 Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.

Overview

The trail explores the mixed Acadian forest, old fields and foundation ruins on a “buttereau” (small hill) overlooking the Chéticamp River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Wildflowers, trees and shrubs have invaded these pastures that were once tilled by the Acadian pioneers, making an ideal spot for birds and small mammals. Plaques commemorate former Acadian homesteads.

Trailhead: On the Cabot Trail opposite the Grande Falaise picnic area.

Significant Feature: Acadian history, ocean

Length: 1.6 km (1 mi) loop.

Hiking Time: 30–45 minutes

Elevation: 10–55 m (35–180 ft.)

Interpretive loop. Suitable for most skill levels. Short climbs.
Trail Rating: Easy

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.676389 Long: -60.957946

Park is open year-round but full visitor services are only
available from mid-May until mid-October.

Open from mid-May to mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park; a 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 boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
– Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
– Read the “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres and on the Parks Canada website.

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