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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Camping

Camping

Camping is one of the best ways to truly experience and appreciate Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail!

Camping is available from May 20 to October 10, 2016.

There are six front country campgrounds and one backcountry campground to choose from, each unique in its own way. Visitors who camp for seven or more consecutive nights will receive a 15% discount.

New in 2016: Cape Breton Highlands National Park now offers 20 oTENTiks between the Chéticamp, Ingonish Beach and Broad Cove campgrounds!  Part tent, part cabin, the oTENTik allows you to enjoy all the excitement of camping outdoors, while providing a soft bed and a cozy roof over your head. 

Chéticamp Campground and Ingonish Beach Campground also offer five reservable equipped campsites each.

Map - Camping


Front Country Camping

Camping Accessible Campsites oTENTik Equipped Camping Washroom Shower Kitchen Shelter Campfire / Woodstove Outdoor Theatre Interpretation Program
Exhibit Bookstore Hiking Playground Kiosk
Visitor Centre

Chéticamp Campground (aerial)
Aerial view of Chéticamp Campground
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Parks Canada / I. Harte

Chéticamp

Operating season: May 20 - October 10, 2016
122 sites; 112 reservable

Nestled in the Chéticamp River valley amongst the river and mountains, your sheltered campsite gives you easy access to four of the park's 26 hiking trails.
Wooded and open sections. Showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters, playgrounds, outdoor theatre, visitor centre, nature bookstore, coffee, hiking trails, geocaching.

Ask park staff about geocaching, hiking challenges, and numerous weekly activities including Night Hikes.

A short drive leads to the vibrant town of Chéticamp and many nearby beaches.

oTENTik: 10 sites (1 accessible)
Equipped camping: 5 sites
3-way with fireplace: 14 sites
3-way without fireplace: 9 sites
Accessible 3 way with fireplace: 1 site
Electricity with fireplace: 12 sites
Accessible electrical site with fireplace: 2 sites
Unserviced with fireplace: 60 sites
Unserviced without fireplace: 11 sites 

The kiosk is staffed from June 24 to September 6, 2016. During the shoulder season, you can pay at the nearby visitor centre or by self-registration if the centre is closed.


Camping Washroom Campfire / Woodstove Hiking Swimming

Corney Brook Campground Corney Brook Campground

Corney Brook

Located 15 km from Chéticamp, Corney Brook is a very small, oceanside campground with 20 unserviced sites. There are fireplaces and one washroom building with flush toilets, but there is no potable water on site. There is ocean swimming and hiking nearby. Payment is by self-registration.



Camping Washroom Kitchen Shelter Hiking Playground

MacIntosh Brook Campground
MacIntosh Brook Campground

MacIntosh Brook

Located in the Grande Anse Valley, 5 km from Pleasant Bay, MacIntosh Brook Campground is a small, open area nestled at the base of the mountains. It has only 10 unserviced sites, a large kitchen shelter, playground, flush toilets and a hiking trail. Payment is by self-registration.



Camping  Pit Privy Hiking

Big Intervale Campground
Big Intervale Campground

Big Intervale

Located at the base of North Mountain 10 km from Cape North, Big Intervale is a small campground on the Aspy River. It has 10 unserviced sites, pit privies and a hiking trail. There is no potable water on site. Payment is by self-registration.


Camping Accessible Campsites oTENTik Washroom Shower
Kitchen Shelter Campfire / Woodstove Outdoor Theatre Interpretation Program Swimming
Hiking Playground Kiosk

Broad Cove Campground (aerial)
Aerial view of Broad Cove Campground

Broad Cove

Operating Season: May 20 to October 10, 2016
202 sites; 182 reservable

Broad Cove Campground is your ideal beach getaway, close to the village of Ingonish and situated in a forest framed on one side by a long, sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning ocean setting, combined with world-class hiking trails and an extensive menu of evening activities, will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Wooded and open sections. Showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters with wood stoves, fire places, playground, geocaching, outdoor theatre and ocean swimming. Hiking trails, lake swimming & waterfalls nearby.

Ask park staff about hiking challenges and the numerous weekly activities including Night Hikes.

oTENTik: 6 sites (1 accessible and 1 with view of beach)
3-way service, with fireplace: 47 sites
3-way service, without fireplace: 34 sites
Accessible 3-way site with fireplace: 2 sites
Unserviced with fireplace: 60 sites
Unserviced without fireplace: 51 sites
Accessible unserviced site without fireplace: 2 sites 

The kiosk is staffed from June 24 to September 6, 2016. During the shoulder season you can pay by self-registration or at the Ingonish Visitor Centre.


Camping oTENTik Equipped Camping Accessible Campsites Washroom
Shower Campfire / Woodstove Kitchen Shelter Hiking Playground
Kiosk Golf

Aerial view of Ingonish Campground
Aerial view of Ingonish Campground
© Parks Canada / I. Harte

Ingonish Beach

Operating Season: May 20 to October 20, 2016
60 sites; 55 reservable

Just Beachy!

This small, open campground, located by the village of Ingonish Beach, is your gateway to fun-filled family camping. Just a 10 minute walk to beautiful Ingonish Beach with ocean (supervised in July and August) and freshwater swimming, hiking, tennis courts, soccer field and playground. 

Equipped camping and oTENTiks now available. Showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters with wood stoves, fire places and playground. Hiking trails, geocaching and the Highlands Links golf course are nearby.

Ask park staff about hiking challenges and the numerous weekly activities including Night Hikes.

oTENTik: 4 sites (2 within view of the beach)
Equipped camping: 5 sites
Unserviced with fireplace: 51 sites

The kiosk is staffed from June 24 to September 6, 2016. During the shoulder season you can pay by self-registration or at the Ingonish Visitor Centre.



Backcountry Camping

There is only one designated “wilderness” camping area in the park: Fishing Cove. To camp anywhere else in the backcountry, you must check with park wardens; they are the only staff authorized to issue permits for camping in the park outside of a designated area.


Backcountry Camping Hiking Pit Privy

Camping at Fishing Cove
Fishing Cove Backcountry Camping

Fishing Cove

The Fishing Cove backcountry camping area is an 8 km (5 mi) hike down to the rugged coastline cradled at the base of MacKenzie Mountain. A grassy hillside, a cobblestone beach and a river compliment this camping spot. Campers are required to register for a backcountry permit at either the Chéticamp or Ingonish Visitor Centres, bring a camp stove (no open fires allowed), pack out all garbage (no garbage receptacles) and bring their own drinking water. Potable water is not available on site. A 4 km (2.5 mi) return trail is also available.



Campground Reservations

Reservations are accepted at Chéticamp Campground and Broad Cove Campgrounds. All other campgrounds assign sites on a first come – first served basis.

The Parks Canada Reservation Service is available between January 26 (7 a.m.) and October 10, 2016, and the campgrounds are open between May 20 and October 11 (at noon), 2016.

To reserve a campsite in the Chéticamp, Ingonish Beach or Broad Cove campgrounds, please visit the 24-hour Internet service or dial toll free (within North America) 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time. If you are calling from outside North America, dial 1-519-826-5391 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. AST).


Campground Host Program

People from around the world visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park to relax, experience the great outdoors and learn about our natural heritage. You can join them by volunteering as a host at one of our campgrounds.

Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They volunteer for four weeks, 5 days per week (including weekends). In return, hosts have free entry to the park for a year, a free campsite while they volunteer and many other benefits.

Campground hosts must provide their own self-contained camping unit (RV, truck camper or tent trailer). For more information, contact us via email or call 902-224-2306.

Chéticamp CampgroundCorney Brook CampgroundFishing Cove Backcountry CampingMacIntosh Brook CampgroundBig Intervale CampgroundBroad Cove CampgroundIngonish Beach Campground