Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Accessible Facilities and Services

Before You Arrive

It is recommended that you reserve a wheelchair accessible campsite via the Campground Reservation Service.


Once You Arrive

Two visitors enjoy a sunrise at Black Brook Beach
Visitors enjoy a sunrise at Black Brook Picnic Area 
© Parks Canada

Visitor Centres

Ingonish Visitor Centre

The Ingonish Visitor Centre is not wheelchair accessible, but has a wheelchair accessible public telephone.  The friendly staff at the gate kiosk (just north of the Ingonish Visitor Centre) will be able to assist with information about Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

North Bay Office (Operations)

The North Bay office has a wheelchair accessible unisex washroom and ample parking.

Chéticamp Visitor Centre

The Chéticamp Visitor Centre is completely wheelchair accessible, and features paved parking, washrooms, exhibits, an indoor theatre, an information desk with lower counter space, public pay telephones and a water fountain.

A self-guided tour is available on compact disc. The audio tour describes landscapes and features as you drive, and is available for purchase at Les Amis du Plein Air Nature Bookstore, located at the Chéticamp Visitor Centre.


Washrooms

Visitors are welcome to use the accessible washrooms in Cape Breton Highlands National Park's campgrounds.


Picnic and Day Use Areas

Ingonish Beach Day Use Area

Completely wheelchair accessible

  • Parking (compacted gravel)
  • Modern public washroom with accessible stalls and an accessible unisex washroom with change bench (at Ingonish Beach and adjoining Freshwater Lake)
  • 2 wheelchair accessible picnic sites
  • Freshwater Lake beach (supervised swimming). Ramp and decking to the sand beach during July and August
  • 1.5 km trail
Black Brook North Picnic Area
  • Washroom minimally accessible (may require assistance)
  • Paved accessible parking lot
Chéticamp Day Use Area
  • Accessible washrooms at the adjacent Visitor Centre, accessible unisex washroom in the adjacent campground
  • Accessible kitchen shelter with accessible picnic table

Campgrounds

Ingonish Campground
  • Accessible washroom and shower
Broad Cove Campground
  • Two accessible tent sites (both with electrical hook-ups)
  • Two accessible sites (both with 3-way hook-ups)
  • Accessible water fountain on the back of #5 building
Chéticamp Campground
  • Two accessible trailer sites with 3-way hook-ups
  • Two accessible tent sites (both with electrical hook-ups) near accessible washroom
  • One accessible 3-way hook-up, near accessible washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible unisex washroom and shower building
  • Wheelchair accessible kitchen shelter
  • Outdoor theatre with accessible seating areas, gravel path to theatre (may require assistance)

Roadside Exhibits and Viewpoints

All of Cape Breton Highlands National Park's viewpoints on the Cabot Trail are wide and paved, and are wheelchair accessible. At the Lakie's Head viewpoint, a ramp has been installed to the viewing platform and exhibit panels.  At the three viewpoints on MacKenzie Mountain, there are wheelchair accessible viewing decks.


Trails

A visitor in a wheelchair is guided along the Freshwater Lake trail
Trails such as Freshwater Lake are accessible to all.
© Parks Canada / D. Wilson 
Bog Trail

A half-hour drive from Chéticamp, this 0.5 km (0.3 mi) boardwalk loop trail features bumpers all around. Fourteen self-guiding sign panels describe the life, importance, and complexity of the bog.  Accessible unisex pit privy.

Freshwater Lake Trail (at Ingonish Beach Day Use Area)

This is a 1.7 km (1.1 mi.) compacted, fine gravel, wheelchair accessible loop trail, with handrails and a 5% grade. The trail follows the ocean and lakeshore through the woods and past a beaver pond, returning along an old paved road to the parking area. There are three viewpoints (lake, ocean, and beaver pond), as well as rest areas with benches. A large-print orientation map is accessible at the Ingonish Beach trail head, and an accessible washroom is available at the Ingonish Beach Day Use Area.