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Weekly Trail Update

Here are the latest hiking trail updates from Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

September 21 - 28, 2018

New this week

  • 35 brass plaques were installed on the stairs at the end of the Skyline trail. The brass plaques share text from the “Peace and Friendship Treaty” signed in 1752 between the Mi’kmaq and the British Crown. The work is presented as a part of LandMarks2017/Repères2017 by artist Lorraine Albert, a graduate student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.
  • September 14-23 – 15th annual Hike the Highlands Festival. Guided hikes near and within the Park.  Registration required, hikethehighlandsfestival.com
  • September 24 – Grandmother Moon Ceremony at Ingonish Beach, 7pm.
  • September 26 – Grandmother Moon Ceremony at La Rigouèche, 7pm.

Fire Weather Index

Cheticamp - LOW

North Mountain - LOW

Ingonish - LOW

*No restrictions in place at this time.

Trails

L’AcadienOpen
Trous de Saumons OpenFor entrance to trail you must go around Gridshell.
Le Chemin de Buttereau/Le ButtereauOpen
Le Vieux Chemin du Cap-RougeOpen
Corney BrookOpen
SkylineOpen
Benjie’s LakeOpenWet areas.
Fishing CoveOpenWet areas.
MacIntosh BrookOpenThe left side of the trail next to the river has been temporally closed for repairs.
Lone ShielingOpen
AspyOpen
Mica HillOpen
CoastalOpen
Jigging CoveOpen
Jack PineOpen
Green CoveOpen
Broad Cove Mountain Open
Warren LakeOpen
Branch Pond LookoffOpen
FraneyOpen
ClyburnOpen
Middle HeadOpen
Freshwater LakeOpenTrail head at Ingonish Beach Day Use Area.
Freshwater Lake LookoffOpen

Campgrounds

Front-country

Chéticamp (122)OpenRegistration at CVC.
Corney Brook (20)OpenPotable water.  Camping fees payable at VCs (preferable) or self-registration. Under boil water advisory until further notice.
MacIntosh Brook (10)OpenWashrooms with flush toilets and shelter open. Potable water. Camping fees payable at VCs (preferable) or self-registration.
Big Intervale (10)Closed
Broad Cove (202)Open3:30pm – 7pm weekdays. 11:15 – 7pm weekends.
Ingonish Campground (50)OpenRegistration by self-registration or at the IVC.

Group Campgrounds

Robert’s Brook Group C/GClosedGroups can set up near playground area at La Rigouèche.

Backcountry Camping

Fishing Cove – Designated backcountry campingOpenRegistration at Ingonish & Chéticamp Visitor Centre.
Undesignated backcountry campingOpenRegistration should be made in advance through Ingonish & Chéticamp Visitor Centre.

Wildlife Sightings

Resource Conservation would like to remind all staff, that when a visitor reports an aggressive coyote/bear encounter they should pass on the information immediately to the Resource Conservation team. If they receive the message after regular working hours they can phone the information into Jasper Dispatch (1-877-852-3100) and they will ensure the appropriate people are contacted. In some instances knowing quickly can assist us in finding the animal.

  • September 12 – Bear sighted near west gate.
  • September 7 – Bear sightings on Le Buttereau. Bears in area sign posted and trail temporally closed. Trail re-opened September 10. Bears in area sign removed September 14.
  • September 2 – Small bear sighted on Franey Trail.
  • August 26 – Bear and cubs sighted near old Cheticamp campground kiosk.
  • August 25 – Bear and cubs sighted on Le Buttereau. Bear sightings near Corney Brook and Grand Falaise.
  • August 20 & 24 – Bear sighted 2km from Cheticamp campground kiosk.
  • August 16 & 18 – Bear and cubs sighted near Grand Falaise.
  • August 15 – Otter sighted in the river at Salmon Pools.
  • August 13 – Copper Butterfly sighted at the Bog.
  • August 8-12 – Bears sighted at West Gate, Cheticamp campground, CVC and Le Chemin du Buttereau.
  • July 27, 28, 30 & 31 – Bears and cubs sighted at old Chéticamp campground kiosk, west gate, Chéticamp campground, Acadian Trail and Chéticamp River.
  • July 25 – Bear sighted beside tent at Fishing Cove.
  • July 24 – Bear and cubs sighted near West Gate.
  • July 23 – Moose sighted on French Mountain.
  • July 23 – Bear and cubs sighted at CVC.
  • July 21 & 24 – Bears and cubs sighted at Grand Falaise.
  • July 18, 19 & 25 – Bears sighted on Acadian Trail.
  • July 12 & 17 – Bear and cubs sighted near old Chéticamp campground kiosk.
  • July 11 & 14 – Bear sighted on Acadian Trail close to 4km mark.
  • July 10 – Deer sighted near Chéticamp campground kiosk.
  • July 3 & 9 – Bear and cubs sighted at Chéticamp campground entrance. 3 bears sighted on Acadian Trail.
  • July 2 – Bear sighted on Salmon Pools Trail.
  • July 1 – Beluga whale sightings off Ingonish Beach.
  • July 1 – Bear sighted 3km in, on Acadian Trail. Bears in area sign placed at trailheads.
  • July 1 – Bear sighted on Clyburn Trail. Bears in area sign placed at trailhead.
  • June 30 – Bear and cub sighted at Chéticamp campground entrance.
  • June 28 – Bear sighted at Le Buttereau. Bears in area sign placed at trailhead.
  • June 27 – Bear sighted at Warren Lake, Broad Cove Mountain and Mary Ann Falls road. Bears in area sign placed at trailheads.
  • June 22 – Bear sighted on Acadian Trail.
  • June 20 - Bears sighted multiple days on Clyburn Trail. Bears in area sign placed at trailhead.
  • June 18 – Bear sighted on Salmon Pools Trail; bear sighted on road near west gate.
  • June 17 – Deer sighted on road near west gate; bear sighted on French Mountain.
  • June 16 – Bear sighted on Acadian Trail.
  • May 31 – Bears are sighted regularly from Grande Falaise to Le Chemin du Buttereau.
  • May 27 – Bear and two cubs sighted at lower Chéticamp campground.
  • May 26 – Bear sighted on backside of Jigging Cove Trail.
  • May 21 – Bears on Salmon Pool and Acadian Trail. Bears in area sign placed at trailhead.
  • May 21 – Bears on Clyburn Trail (past goldmine). Bears in area sign placed at the trailhead.
  • May 10 – 3 bear cubs on Salmon Pools Trail.
  • A bear family can be regularly seen near Grande Falaise.

Older Sightings

Interpretation

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (Chéticamp Interp. office: 902-224-4226, Ingonish Interp. office: 902-285-3004).

Chéticamp

  • Friday, September 21: 5:00pm Skyline Sunset Hike.
  • Saturday, September 22: 5:00pm Skyline Sunset Hike.
  • Sunday, September 23: 4:55pm Skyline Sunset Hike.
  • Monday, September 24: 4:55pm Skyline Sunset Hike.
  • Tuesday, September 25: 4:50pm Skyline Sunset Hike, 7:30pm Waltes.
  • Wednesday, September 26: 4:50pm Skyline Sunset Hike, 5:30pm Learn to Lobster Boil, 7 pm Grandmother Moon.
  • Thursday, September 27: 4:50pm Skyline Sunset Hike, Sweet Discovery 7:30pm.
  • Friday, September 28:  4:45pm Skyline Sunset Hike.

Ingonish

  • Friday, September 21: 10am Meander to Middle Head - CANCELLED, 7pm Seeing in the Dark.
  • Saturday, September 22: 10am Meander to Middle Head, 7:30 pm Lantern Walk Though Time.
  • Sunday, September 23: 10am Meander to Middle Head.
  • Monday, September 24: 10am Meander to Middle Head, 7pm Seeing in the Dark, 7pm Grandmother Moon.
  • Tuesday, September 25: 10am Meander to Middle Head, 7:30pm Lantern Walk Through Time (final).
  • Wednesday, September 26: 10am Meander to Middle Head, 7pm Seeing in the Dark (final).

2018 Permits

Passes available at:

No 3rd party locations for the sale of 2018 entry permits.

CBH Fishing Permits available at:

Provincial permits also available at:

  • Home Hardware - Ingonish
  • Rona - Ingonish
  • Highland Pharmasave
  • Cabot Trail Food Market
  • Timmons - Pleasant Bay
  • LeBlanc’s General Store - Cheticamp
  • Cheticamp Co-op - Cheticamp
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