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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Special Events

Special Events - 2015

May

May 23-24: Cabot Trail Relay race

June

June 11-14: Roots to Boots Festival - Chéticamp
June 21: Bicycle Rodeo (rain date June 28) - La Rigouèche Day Use Area

July

July 1: Canada Day - Ingonish & Chéticamp
July 5: Ingonish Triathlon
July 6: Musique entre amis - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
July 9, 12, 17, 20: Paint the Park - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
July 10, 13, 18: Storytelling Through Song - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
July 11, 16, 19: One Step at a Time - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
July 18: Parks Day
July 18: Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge
July 18: Parks Day Picnics
July 18-19: Learn To Camp - Chéticamp Campground
July 19: Introduction to Geocaching - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
July 20: Musique entre amis - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
July 21: Coastal Life Discovery Program - Chéticamp River estuary
July 26-31: Le Festival de l’Escaouette - Chéticamp
July 27-31: Eco-Kids! - Various locations - Chéticamp area
July 28: Acadian Milling Frolic - Trout Brook

August

August 1-2: Le Festival de l’Escaouette - Chéticamp
August 3: Musique entre amis - Chéticamp Visitor Centre
August 10-17: Nikani Awtiken Mi’kmaq Youth Camp
August 10-14: Junior Naturalist Day Camp - Black Brook Beach
August 14: Star-gazing and Meteor Showers - La Bloc
August 15: Star-gazing and Meteor Showers - Black Brook Beach
August 17: Coastal Life Discovery Program - Clyburn Brook Estuary
August 18: Coastal Life Discovery Program - Neils Brook estuary
August 24-28: WILD Pedagogies

September

September 5, 12, 19, 26: Hike a trail. Plant a tree. Save a forest! - Skyline Trail
September 11-12: Ride 4 the Cure Cape Breton
September 11-20: Hike the Highlands Festival

October

October 9-17: Celtic Colours International Festival
October 9: Hike to Mica Hill - Glasgow Lakes Extension Trail
October 10: Harvest Hike / Pumpkin Carving - Salmon Pools Trail
October 10: Harvest Hike / Pumpkin Carving - Warren Lake
October 11: Celtic Colours Plant a Tree - Skyline Trail
October 13: Celtic Colours Guided Hike - Acadian Trail
October 14: Celtic Colours Guided Hike - Aspy Trail
October 15: Celtic Colours Guided Hike - Franey Trail
October 23-25: Huckle Buckle Festival - Ingonish


June

Bicycle Rodeo

June 21, 2015 (Rain date: June 28th, 2015)
2 pm to 3 pm, La Rigouèche Day Use Area.

Bring the family for bicycle inspection and obstacle course, bike ride at Salmon Pools with Vélo club Chéticamp, barbecue, teddy bear clinic and more. Participating organizations: EHS, RCMP, DFO Canada, Vélo Club Chéticamp and Parks Canada. AdventureSmart Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program at 3 pm (English) and 3:30 p.m. (French).


July

Canada Day

July 1

Enjoy FREE entry to all Parks Canada places.

Canada Day Celebrations – Chéticamp, 2 pm to 4 pm, Chéticamp Visitor Centre area
Celebrate Canada Day with live music, family activities and cake. Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Canada Day Celebrations – Ingonish Beach, 8 am until dark, Ingonish Beach Day Use Area (soccer field), Keltic Lodge and community locations. Cake, music and games

Ingonish Triathlon

Sunday July 5, 2015
8 am, Ingonish Beach Day Use Area

Swim, bike and run individually or as part of a fun team.

  • Sprint Triathlon (minimum age 16) 750 m swim, 23 km bike, 5 km run
  • Olympic Triathlon (minimum age 19) 1500 m swim, 42 km bike, 10 km run
  • Try-a-tri (minimum age 14) 300 m swim, 9.2 km bike, 4 km run

Team Triathlon same distance as Sprint. Cash prizes for top three men and women in Olympic & Sprint. Pre-registration required.

Musique entre amis - Acadian and Scottish Concert

July 6, 20, August 3
8 pm, Chéticamp Visitor Centre

Immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience with local singer-songwriter Sylvia LeLièvre and discover two of Cape Breton’s vibrant cultures through songsand stories. Sponsored by Les Amis du Plein Air. Donations accepted.

Paint the Park

July 9, 12, 17, 20
Chéticamp Visitor Centre

Kids participate in a painting workshop led by a local youth inspired by the landscapes of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Storytelling Through Song

July 10, 13, 18
Chéticamp Visitor Centre

Kids learn a traditional folk song from a local youth, and the story behind the song.

One Step at a Time

July 11, 16, 19
Chéticamp Visitor Centre

Local youth teach kids a basic dance step which is used in traditional dance around Cape Breton Island.

Parks Day: Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge

July 18

Teams of four members hike three peaks in one day! This year’s climbs are Money Point Light, Money Point Gulch and Franey. Registration: hikethehighlandsfestival.com

Parks Day Picnics

July 18

Celebrate Parks Day by packing a picnic and heading out to your favourite picnic place!

Learn To Camp

July 18-19
Chéticamp Campground

New to camping? Join us for a fun-filled night of sleeping under the stars, presented by Cape Breton Highlands National Park in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op. With special guests, Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre, we’ll show you how to set up a tent, make a campfire and cook outdoors. Supper and breakfast are included. Other activities will include games, learning the basics of camping and hiking, and a S’mores competition. Unwind by the campfire enjoying songs and stories – bring your instrument and join in. Check our website for fees and complete details. Registration required: 902-562-5616.

Introduction to Geocaching

July 19
Chéticamp Visitor Centre

Please join us at Cape Breton Highlands National Park Chéticamp Visitor Centre and learn the basics of geocaching. Explore the many uses of GPS units, how to use them and have fun. The afternoon will involve a geocaching information session in the visitor centre, followed by some demonstration geocaches on site. You are welcome to bring your own GPS unit to learn to use (you must be able to enter coordinates). A limited number of GPS's can be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for weather conditions. You will be walking in a wooded area, so wear appropriate footwear. The event itself is wheelchair accessible but the caches are not.

Click here for more details. For more information, please contact Kersti at kersti.tacreiter@pc.gc.ca or phone (902) 285-2087.

Coastal Life Discovery Program

July 21
Chéticamp River Estuary, 1 pm

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 – a special environment where rivers mix with salt water from the ocean. Help haul in a net and find creatures such as green crabs, nine-spined stickleback, silversides, Northern pipefish and more. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your rubber boots or water shoes. Visitors of all ages welcome.

Meet at Chéticamp Visitor Centre. Participants will follow guide to beach in their own vehicles.

Le Festival de l’Escaouette – Chéticamp

July 26 - August 2

Eco-Kids!

July 27-31
Various locations - Chéticamp area

New this year, a drop-in day camp for youth ages 11 to 16 and their families. Explore the geology at Presqu’île’s rocky beach, discover the flora and fauna along the trails in the Acadian and boreal forests and be amazed by the fascinating life in a bog. Pick up your schedule for the week at one of our visitor centres. Drop in for one session or come to all five – the choice is yours.

Monday-Friday, July 27-31 | 2-4 pm | $7.80 per session

Acadian Milling Frolic

July 28
Trout Brook 7:30 pm

You can’t beat our milling frolic! Wait – yes, you can. Beat the wool to the rhythm of traditional Acadian songs and watch the sun set over the ocean. Join in around the table or simply sing along, and we’ll take you back in time for an hour or two. Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.


August

Musique entre amis - Acadian and Scottish Concert

August 3
8 pm, Chéticamp Visitor Centre

Immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience with local singer-songwriter Sylvia LeLièvre and discover two of Cape Breton’s vibrant cultures through songsand stories. Sponsored by Les Amis du Plein Air. Donations accepted.

Nikani Awtiken Mi’kmaq Youth Camp

August 10-17

Junior Naturalist Day Camp

August 10-14
Black Brook Beach, 10 am to noon each day

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 7-11. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling 902-285-3004.

Star-gazing and Meteor Showers

August 14
La Bloc, 8 pm

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.

Star-gazing and Meteor Showers

August 15
Black Brook Beach, 8 pm

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.

Coastal Life Discovery Program

August 17
Clyburn Brook Estuary, 11 am | Meet at North Bay beach parking lot.

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 – a special environment where rivers mix with salt water from the ocean. Help haul in a net and find creatures such as green crabs, nine-spined stickleback, silversides, Northern pipefish and more. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your rubber boots or water shoes. Visitors of all ages welcome.

Coastal Life Discovery Program

August 18
Neils Brook Estuary, 11 am | Meet at Coastal Trailhead parking lot.

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 – a special environment where rivers mix with salt water from the ocean. Help haul in a net and find creatures such as green crabs, nine-spined stickleback, silversides, Northern pipefish and more. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your rubber boots or water shoes. Visitors of all ages welcome.