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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Address: Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
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+1 902-224-2306
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00

Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton...

Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands with its abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history dating back to the last Ice Age.

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My favourite National Park

Must drive the entire Cabot trail loop from Ingonish to Cheticamp and through Margaree back to Ingonish for the entire experience. My favourite hikes include Corney Brook and the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bryanna S
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Must drive the entire Cabot trail loop from Ingonish to Cheticamp and through Margaree back to Ingonish for the entire experience. My favourite hikes include Corney Brook and the Skyline trail

1 Thank Bryanna S
Waterloo, Ontario
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wildlife is all around you and we say deer and bald eagles while walking and anticipating the scenery. Again, weather was on our side and what a view! Do it!

1 Thank Togmeister_Mark
Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A place worth visiting if you come to Nova Scotia. The drive is spectacular with outstanding views. There are many hikes (of varying degree of difficulty) in the Park you can take. The Skyline Hike is worth taking, as you begin it about 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour before sunset. Make sure that it's decent weather when you go... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Excellent. Spend your time in the 1st half of the trail which is the most amazing. The views are incredible. Do the skyline trail....tip: go late and you wont have to pay...about 6PM. You will have to walk fast and you will catch the sunset. AMAZING. The other side is really just a drive exiting....don't expect much.

4 Thank Antish R
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

My boyfriend and I camped at the Cheticamp Campsite for a few days in August 2016. We decided to select an Equipped Campsite, so that we would not have not carry all of our equipment from Montreal. It was easily the best camping we've ever done--the campsite was gorgeous and the views are spectacular. The National Park itself is huge... More 

2 Thank Meghan S
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Truly a picture perfect place to enjoy. Take your time to take it all in - from the warm hospitality to the jaw dropping scenery. Time WELL spent - just make sure you take the time it deserves.

Thank Donna R
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Pictures dont do justice to the awesome beauty scale of this park. The Skywalk boardwalk will be one of those I-was-there moments of your life, especially towards sunset o a clear day. Do the cabot trail counterclockwise. And stop by often along the trail. This place is the jewel of Cape Breton Island.

3 Thank Truman W
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Spent three nights in and around the park (stayed just outside in Ingonish). It takes about an hour to drive from one side of the park to the other along the Cabot Trail. We did this drive 5 or 6 times and it never got old, the views are absolutely stunning. There is a seemingly endless supply of gorgeous hiking... More 

3 Thank Michael M
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Having been to 25 of Canada's national parks, it can be hard to choose when someone asks "Which is best?" but the answer will always include some musing over Cape Breton Highlands National Park (the others in contention would be Forillon, Gros Morne or Waterton, in case anyone is interested, although they are all good). The park has essentially two... More 

12 Thank FirstCircle
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

I visited the Cape Breton in late September, and it was perfect. I will definitely be back to do more hiking.

1 Thank Chie I

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