Le Buttereau Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Le Buttereau Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The self-guiding trail explores mixed Acadian forest, old fields and foundation ruins on a “buttereau” (small hill) overlooking the Chéticamp River and 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 at 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. 

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

Open from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park. 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 “Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe” brochure, available at park visitor centres.

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