Camping is one of the best ways to truly experience and appreciate Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail!
Camping is available from mid-May to mid-October.
There are five front country, one backcountry and one group campground to choose from, each unique in its own way. Visitors who camp for seven or more consecutive nights will receive a 15% discount.
New in 2015: Cape Breton Highlands National Park now offers 10 oTENTiks in the Chéticamp Campground and Broad Cove campgrounds! Part tent, part cabin, the oTENTik allows you to enjoy all the excitement of camping outdoors, while providing a soft bed, a sturdy kitchen table, and a cozy roof over your head.
Chéticamp Campground also offers five reservable equipped campsites.
Front Country Camping
Aerial view of Chéticamp Campground
© Parks Canada / I. Harte
The Chéticamp Campground is located in the Rigouèche Valley, approximately 8 km north of the village of Chéticamp, with the mountains on one side and the river on the other. Chéticamp Campground has a lot to offer: 76 unserviced sites (65 with fireplaces); 14 electrical sites with fireplaces; 24 sites with 3-way hookups (14 with fireplaces); wheelchair-accessible sites and washrooms. We also offer 5 equipped campsites and 5 oTENTiks. There are both wooded and open sites, hot showers, playgrounds and kitchen shelters with wood stoves. Firewood is available for purchase, but campfires are only permitted in the designated fireplaces.
Within walking distance, you will find hiking trails, as well as the Visitor Centre featuring evening nature programs and concerts, exhibits, a slide show and nature bookstore.
The kiosk is staffed from late June to early September. During the shoulder season, you can pay at the nearby Visitor Centre or by self-registration if the centre is closed.
Located 15 km from Chéticamp, Corney Brook is a very small, oceanside campground with 20 unserviced sites. There are fireplaces and one washroom building with flush toilets, but there is no potable water on site. There is ocean swimming and hiking nearby. Payment is by self-registration.
Located at the base of North Mountain 10 km from Cape North, Big Intervale is a small campground on the Aspy River. It has 10 unserviced sites, pit privies and a hiking trail. There is no potable water on site. Payment is by self-registration.
There is only one designated “wilderness” camping area in the park: Fishing Cove. To camp anywhere else in the backcountry, you must check with park wardens; they are the only staff authorized to issue permits for camping in the park outside of a designated area.
Reservations are accepted at Chéticamp Campground and Broad Cove Campgrounds. All other campgrounds assign sites on a first come – first served basis. (Note: Group sites can be reserved by calling 902-224-2306.)
The Parks Canada Reservation Service is available between April 16 and October 12, 2015, and the campgrounds are open between May 15 and October 12 (at noon), 2015.
To reserve a campsite in the Chéticamp Campground or Broad Cove Campground, please visit the 24-hour Internet service or dial toll free (within North America) 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time. If you are calling from outside North America, dial 1-519-826-5391 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. AST).
Campground Host Program
People from around the world visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park to relax, experience the great outdoors and learn about our natural heritage. You can join them by volunteering as a host at one of our campgrounds.
Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They volunteer for four weeks, 5 days per week (including weekends). In return, hosts have free entry to the park for a year, a free campsite while they volunteer and many other benefits.
Campground hosts must provide their own self-contained camping unit (RV, truck camper or tent trailer). For more information, contact us via email or call 902-224-2306.