May 2017
Cabot Trail Relay Race
May 27-28
June 2017
International Trails Day guided hikes
June 3 - Franey trail
June 4 - Mica Hill trail

Naturally Active For Life Victoria County will be celebrating the 15th annual International Trails Day on June 3 and 4 with guided hikes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Join us for a hike on two of our most iconic trails: Franey (June 3) and Mica Hill (June 4). Both hikes begin at 1 p.m.

Seedling Saturdays: Hike a Trail. Plant a Tree. Save a Forest!
June 3, 10, 17, 24 - Skyline trail

Roots to Boots Festival
June 15-18

The third annual Roots to Boots Festival will take place in the communities of Chéticamp and Louisbourg.  The festival offers a unique variety of entertainment to satisfy all tastes: storytelling, guided hikes, food, tree planting, concerts featuring local musicians, and evening square dances!

  • Guided hike on the Salmon Pools trail
    June 15, 10 a.m.
  • Learn to Adventure guided hike and picnic on Montagne dos d'ane
    June 16, 10 a.m.
  • Guided hike on the Salmon Pools trail
    June 16, 10 a.m.
  • Hike a Trail. Plant a Tree. Save a Forest! Tree planing on the Skyline trail
    June 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Guided hike on the Corney Brook trail
    June 17, 1 p.m.
  • Guided hike on the Salmon Pools trail
    June 18, 10 a.m.
  • Campfire with live music at Grand Falaise picnic area
    June 18, 9 p.m., 902-224-2642

Bicycle Rodeo
June 24 (rain date: June 25) - La Rigouèche day use area, Chéticamp Campground

The Festival of Stewards
June 24, 1-6 p.m. - MacIntosh Brook Campground

This free special event will feature contemporary artist Ursula Johnson with local collaborators in a feast and participatory performance called (re)al-location as a part of the national project LandMarks2017/Repères2017.

July 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation!
July 1

  • Chéticamp, 2 pm to 4 pm, Chéticamp Visitor Centre area
    Live music, family activities, and cake.
    Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
  • Ingonish Beach, 8 a.m. until dark, Ingonish Beach Day Use Area (soccer field), Keltic Lodge and community locations
    Cake, music and games for the whole family!

July 1-7

In partnership with Colaisde na Gàidhlig, the Gaelic College

  • Campground Ceilidh
    July 3, 7-9 p.m.
    Enjoy a lively ceilidh in our campground at Broad Cove
  • Piper at Lone Shieling
    July 5, 1-3 p.m.
    Visit the lone piper at the Lone Shieling to honour and celebrate Cape Breton's Gaelic Roots
  • Pop-up ceilidhs
    Be on the look-out for "pop-up ceilidhs" around the park between July 2 and 7.

Parks Day
July 15

Learn-to Camp
July 15-16, Ingonish Beach campground

...with Parks Canada, MEC and the United Way

Learn to Camp

New to camping? Cape Breton Highlands National Park is hosting a Learn-to Camp event in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op. It's going to be a tenting-good-time! Learn new skills and discover (or rediscover) the great Canadian tradition of camping! Tents, supper, and breakfast provided. Bring your sense of outdoor adventure for a night under the stars in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent, how to start a campfire, how to make the best s’mores, etc. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities.

Campers will pitch their tent at the beautiful Ingonish Beach campground, play at the beach and share stories around the campfire.

Price: $29.30 per person Children 5 and under: free
All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag or blankets and a sense of adventure. Tent provided.
(Includes activities, supper, breakfast, and snacks.)

For more information or to register: 902-224-2306
For more information on Parks Canada Learn-to Camp experiences visit:

Cape Breton Highlands Three Peaks Challenge
July 15

Teams of four members hike three peaks in one day! This year’s climbs are Aspy Trail, Tenerife and Coastal Trail.


August 2017

Festival de l'Escaouette
August 2-6

There is something for everyone at this five-day celebration of Acadian culture and historical tradition in the region of Chéticamp. Be delighted by musicals and comedies, soul-felt Acadian music from local performers, and local markets of crafts and delicious foods.

  • Learn to Adventure, August 3 & August 5
    Join a park guide for a hike up la Montagne à Jérome. You'll discover the traces of the early Acadian settlers of Cap Rouge and learn about their lives.

Grandmother Moon Ceremonies

August 5th - meet at the Rigouèche Day Use Area, 8:30 p.m.

August 8th - Ingonish Beach Campground, 8:30 p.m.

It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth. This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women’s teachings. Ceremonies are August 5 from 8:30-9:30pm at the Chéticamp River near the Chéticamp Campground and August 8 from 8:30-9:30pm at Ingonish Beach Campground. Bring a water bottle.

Junior Naturalists Day Camp
August 7-11, 10 a.m. to noon, Black Brook Beach

Join us for five fun-filled days of nature exploration and adventures, rain or shine. Search for animal signs, explore a jack pine forest, and play awesome games.
Ages 6-12. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling 902-285-3004.

Coastal Life Discovery Program
August 11, 11 a.m. - Chéticamp River estuary (Meet at Chéticamp Visitor Centre. Participants will follow the guide to the beach in their own vehicles.)
August 12, 11 a.m. - Freshwater Lake

Ever wonder what types of creatures live in our coastal waters? Come find out! Help Parks Canada staff do important research and uncover the things that live in an estuary. Dress for the weather and don't forget your rubber boots or water shoes. Visitors of all ages welcome.

August 12-13 - Freshwater Lake

Make a real difference. Spend time outside. Connect with nature.

You and your family team up with scientists around Freshwater Lake in Ingonish to find as many living creatures as you can. Join our experts on surveys, lake safaris and other fun activities to learn about biodiversity in the park. An opportunity to see wild creatures up close and support the protection of this special place.

Star-gazing and Meteor Showers
August 12, 8 p.m. - La Bloc
August 13, 8 p.m. - Black Brook Beach

Discover the basics of astronomy and the stories behind the stars while you watch for the Perseid meteor shower. Bring binoculars and telescopes if you have them and settle in for an evening of star-gazing. For your comfort, wear warm layers and bring blankets, chairs, insect repellent, and a flashlight.

September 2017
Seedling Saturdays: Hike a Trail. Plant a Tree. Save a Forest!
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Skyline trail

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 8-17

Join us for the 14th annual Hike the Highlands Festival, featuring guided hikes within and near the park, evening activities and presentations, the hiker distance award and a photo contest. Fee applicable. Registration:

National Tree Day
September 27
October 2017

Celtic Colours International Festival
October 6-14

Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy, and excitement during this nine-day festival. Communities around the island host concerts and events at a time when the fall leaves are at their most brilliant.

  • Pumpkin Carving
    October 8, 10 a.m., Cheticamp and Broad Cove campgrounds

Celtic Colours Hikes

Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff for a guided hike associated with Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay and Ingonish. For hike details, contact, 902-224-2306

  • Salmon Pools trail
    October 9, 2 p.m.
  • Corney Brook trail
    October 10, 2 p.m.
  • Aspy trail
    October 11, 10 a.m.
  • Middle Head trail
    October 12, 10 a.m.
  • Mica Hill trail
    October 13, 10 a.m.