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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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 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.

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.

Park Canada oTENTiks

Please note that oTENTiks are currently closed on Cape Breton Island.  If there are any changes, this information will be updated. Enjoy this video to begin planning your 2021 vacation!

Parks Canada’s got you covered with oTENTiks in three beautiful campgrounds: Chéticamp, Ingonish Beach and Broad Cove. Imagine opening up your front door to the wonders of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You’ll enjoy all the excitement of camping outdoors, but this time with a soft bed and a cozy roof over your head.

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8 Experiences in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Please note that not all experiences highlighted in this video are currently available due to COVID-19 restrictions. If there are any changes, this information will be updated. Enjoy this video to begin planning your 2021 vacation.

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    Hiking

    A study in contrasts. Easy strolls and challenging climbs. Verdant mountain peaks and moody blue coast. Intrepid adventure and serene beauty—you’ll find it all with each step.

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    Camping

    Six unique campgrounds, one amazing stay. Head backcountry to sleep under the stars. Fall asleep oceanside. Or, find a happy compromise between tent and rugged cabin in an oTENTik.

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    Experiences

    Experience the night like never before. Watch a sunset. Listen to the haunting call of loons. Catch sight of our late-night residents. Guided hikes let you explore the park after dark.

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around