Hours of Operation
Cape Breton Highlands National Park's operating season is from mid-May to mid-October, with full services in July and August. The Cabot Trail is open year-round.
The park operates two visitor centres—one in Ingonish and one in Chéticamp. Bilingual staff are on hand to provide knowledge of hiking trails, facilities, special events, weekly activities and community services.
The visitor centres are open from mid-May to October 30.
Spring hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours subject to change. Please contact us for more information.
Chéticamp Visitor Centre
Chéticamp Visitor Centre © Parks Canada
Inside the Chéticamp Visitor Centre, you can wander through the park's exhibit area for discovery activities and games, and learn more about the wildlife and landforms of the area. See the wingspan of a bald eagle, colourful exhibits depicting the Acadian forest or make animal tracks in the "hands-on" family corner. You'll also find friendly park staff ready to answer your questions and get you on your way.
You can purchase the required park pass, take advantage of the clean washrooms, let the children play in the nearby playground or enjoy a quiet picnic under the trees. Ample parking is available.
Don't forget to browse through the nature bookstore, which is run by our co-operating association, Les Amis du Plein Air.
Ingonish Visitor Centre
Ingonish Visitor Centre © Parks Canada
The Ingonish Visitor Centre is a small historic stone building. Park staff are happy to provide you with information about the park and local area, sell park passes, give directions and provide current facility information.
Please use the parking areas; stopping on the road is very dangerous. Use caution when crossing to enter or exit the building.
A park pass is required for use of all services and facilities in the national park including campgrounds, the Highlands Links Golf Course, and the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa. Revenues are used to maintain and improve park services, such as the park's 26 hiking trails, the viewpoints and exhibits, beaches, picnic areas and playgrounds, the visitor centres and clean washrooms, and the weekly activities in July and August.