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Cape Breton Highlands National Park


Lantern Walk 

Lantern Walk through Time

By lantern’s glow, listen to ghost stories and tales of those who have wandered here after long journeys by ship, across mountains, and along old dirt roads… and some who didn’t survive the journey.

Beginning and ending on sandy Ingonish Beach, you’ll walk through forest, and along Freshwater Lake to a barrachois, part of the old Ingonish Road, where travellers passed before the Cabot Trail was built in 1932.

You’ll walk in the footsteps of these early travelers, from the Mi’kmaq people to the Cape Breton settlers arriving from Scotland or Ireland to build the small coastal fishing villages that are here today.

With backdrop of moonbeams rippling on the lake, hear the stories of this place leading up to the park’s creation, all the while taking in the call of the loon and the soothing crash of ocean waves.

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
1.5 - 2 hours

June: 9:00 p.m.
July: 9:00 p.m. 
August: 8:30 p.m.
September: 7:30 p.m.

Meet in the parking lot at Freshwater Lake trailhead. 

$14.70 per person. Ages 8 +. Visitors must pre-register at either campground kiosk or visitor centre. For more information: 902-285-2535.