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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Special Events

Special Events - Fall 2015

October

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


Hike to Mica Hill

Friday, October 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Glasgow Lakes Extension Trailhead
Free with park pass
There’s a brand new trail at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and we need your help breaking it in. Join park staff for a stunning guided walk beginning in an Acadian forest valley, through boreal evergreen forest, all the way up to breathtaking views of the highland barrens. Watch the leaves changing colours and check out the glittering mica outcrops that give Mica Hill its name.
Gradual climb, 260 - 410 m elevation, 8 km return. 3-4 hrs.

Harvest Hike and Pumpkin Carving – Chéticamp

Saturday, October 10 - 10 a.m.
Corney Brook Trailhead
Free with park pass

Start your Thanksgiving weekend with a brisk guided walk through colourful Acadian forest to a beautiful waterfall. After lunch, celebrate the season by carving your own jack o’ lantern. We’ll bring the pumpkins and carving tools; you bring your imagination!
Hike: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pumpkin carving:  1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bring your own lunch.

Harvest Hike and Pumpkin Carving – Ingonish

Saturday, October 10 - 10 a.m.
Warren Lake Trailhead
Free with park pass

Start your Thanksgiving weekend with a brisk guided walk through colourful Acadian forest around a sparkling lake. After lunch, celebrate the season by carving your own jack o’ lantern. We’ll bring the pumpkins and carving tools; you bring your imagination!
Hike: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pumpkin carving: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bring your own lunch.
This event is co-hosted with the Ingonish Development Society

Hike a Trail, Plant a Tree, Save a Forest

Sunday, October 11 - 9:30 a.m.
Skyline Trailhead
Arrive by 9:30 for a free park pass; if you arrive later you will need to buy a park pass.

As a way of giving thanks to our forests, come join Cape Breton Highlands National Park's "Bring Back the Boreal" project by planting seedlings on the beautiful Skyline Trail. Learn about our boreal forest amidst the stunning landscape and enjoy some music along the trail. The hike to the tree-planting area is a 4 km return hike, or complete the entire 7.5 km trail to see the famous ocean views.

Guided Hike of Acadian Trail

Tuesday, October 13 - 10:30 a.m. 
Acadian Trailhead
Free with park pass

Follow a river valley through this trail’s namesake Acadian forest, and then climb to the edge of a mountain for panoramic views of the Gulf of St.Lawrence. A park interpreter will be on hand to chat while you hike. Steady climb, 20-365 m elevation. 8.4 km (3-4 hr)

Guided Hike of Aspy Trail

Wednesday, October 14 - 10:30 a.m. 
Aspy Trailhead
Free with park pass

This hike begins at the tallest waterfall in the park, Beulach Ban Falls, and then follows the Aspy fault through hardwood and mixed forest. A park interpreter will tell you the story of these ancient geological features, and lead you to breathtaking panoramas of the valley below. Steady climb, 60-450 m elevation. 9.6 km (3-4 hr)

Guided Hike of Franey Trail

Thursday, October 15 - 10:30 a.m.
Franey Trailhead
Free with park pass
Join a park interpreter on a guided hike to the summit of Franey Mountain. A steady climb through Acadian and Boreal forest will lead you to panoramic views of the colourful Clyburn River canyon and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. 95-430 m elevation, with some steep sections. 7.4 km (2-3 hr)