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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Weekly Activities - Schedule

Every Day

Meander to Middle Head
Middle Head Trailhead (Ingonish)
10:00 a.m.
Les Jardins du Cap-Rouge
South entrance to Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge trail (Chéticamp)
$7.30
10:00 a.m.
Skyline Sunset Hike
Skyline trailhead (Chéticamp)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
2 hours before sunset

Monday through Friday

Eco-Capers
Various locations around the park
$3.90
3:00 p.m.

Monday

Lake Safari
Freshwater Lake (Ingonish)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
A Taste of l'Acadie
La Bloc (Chéticamp)
Pre-registration required
$22.00
7:00 p.m. (July)
6:30 (August)
Seeing in the Dark
Warren Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
8:30 p.m. (June/July)
8:00 p.m. (August)
7:00 p.m. (September)
Interpreter's Pick
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
8:30 p.m.
Interpreter's Pick
Broad Cove Outdoor Theatre (Ingonish)
9:00 p.m. (July)
8:30 p.m. (August)

Tuesday

Following Fire
Warren Lake (Ingonish)
5:00 p.m.
Bring Back the Boreal (French)
Chéticamp Campground - Cooking Shelter B
7:00 p.m.
Live at the Park
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
8:30 p.m.
Lantern Walk Through Time
Freshwater Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
9:00 p.m. (June/July)
8:30 p.m. (August)
7:30 p.m. (September)
Bring Back the Boreal (English)
Broad Cove Outdoor Theatre (Ingonish)
9:00 p.m. (July)
8:30 p.m. (August)

Wednesday

Puppet Show
Ingonish Beach Campground (Ingonish)
3:00 p.m.
Learn to Lobster Boil
La Bloc (Chéticamp)
Pre-registration required
$44.00
7:00 p.m. (July)
6:30 p.m. (August)
Campfire
Broad Cove Campground (Ingonish)
8:00 p.m.
Seeing in the Dark
Warren Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
8:30 p.m. (June/July)
8:00 p.m. (August)
7:00 p.m. (September)
Interpreter's Pick
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
8:30 p.m.

Thursday

How to Hook a Mackerel
La Bloc (Chéticamp)
Pre-registration required
$22.00
7:00 p.m. (July)
6:30 p.m. (August)
Interpreter's Pick
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
8:30 p.m.
Lantern Walk Through Time
Freshwater Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
9:00 p.m. (June/July)
8:30 p.m. (August)
7:30 p.m. (September)
Sparking New Growth
Broad Cove Outdoor Theatre (Ingonish)
9:00 p.m. (July)
8:30 p.m. (August)

Friday

Lake Safari
Freshwater Lake (Ingonish)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Evening on the Beach
Broad Cove Outdoor Theatre (Ingonish)
8:00 p.m.
Seeing in the Dark
Warren Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
8:30 p.m. (June/July)
8:00 p.m. (August)
7:00 p.m. (September)
Gaelic Milling Frolic
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
$5.00
8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Tea Talks
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Puppet Show
Ingonish Beach Campground (Ingonish)
3:00 p.m.
Discovery Zone
Cooking shelter at La Rigouèche, Chéticamp Campground (Chéticamp)
7:00 p.m.
Campfire
Ingonish Beach Campground (Ingonish)
8:00 p.m.
Seeing in the Dark
Warren Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
8:30 p.m. (June/July)
8:00 p.m. (August)
7:00 p.m. (September)
Bring Back the Boreal (English)
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
8:30 p.m.

Sunday

Tea Talks
Chéticamp Visitor Centre (Chéticamp)
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Just Beachy Activities
Ingonish Beach Campground (Ingonish)
3:00 p.m.
The Beach is Alive
Broad Cove Campground (Ingonish)
7:00 p.m.
Campfire
Group fire pit, Chéticamp Campground (Chéticamp)
8:00 p.m.
Lantern Walk Through Time
Freshwater Lake (Ingonish)
Pre-registration required
$14.70
9:00 p.m. (June/July)
8:30 p.m. (August)
7:30 p.m. (September)

Weekly Activities – Descriptions

Middle Head Meanders

Meander to Middle Head

...and join us for a guided hike that will take your breath away.

Be inspired by the beauty of the coastline on a 4 km guided hike along the stunning, rugged Middle Head Peninsula, home of the Keltic Lodge and Highlands Links golf course.

Daily | 10:00 a.m. | 2 hours | Program included with your park pass
Meet in the parking lot at Middle Head trailhead.
Middle Head, Ingonish


Les Jardins du Cap-Rouge

Les Jardins du Cap-Rouge (The Gardens of Cap-Rouge)

Step back in time to turn-of-the-century Cap-Rouge

The last century, that is. Meet a resident, perhaps even the postmaster or school mistress, who will paint a picture of life in late-1800s Acadie. You will be guided on a gentle walk to discover medicinal plants of the area and envision the gardens that once thrived near local homesteads.

Daily | 10:00 a.m. | 2 hours | $7.30
Meet at the southern entrance of Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge, Chéticamp


Night Hikes

Skyline Sunset Hike

A recognized Canadian Signature Experience

Immerse yourself in the splendour of the sunset as the ocean glistens below. A walk through the boreal forest reveals this panoramic view, often graced by bald eagles, whales and moose. Here, the mountains truly meet the sea.

Daily | 2 hours before sunset | 2.5 - 3 hours | $14.70 | Recommended for visitors over 12 years of age
Meet in the parking lot at Skyline trailhead.
Pre-registration required at campground kiosk or visitor centre. Space is limited.
Tickets: 902-224-2306
Skyline trail, Chéticamp

Lantern Walk Through Time

As the darkness creeps in, listen for the haunting sounds of the night. Step into the past and become spellbound by the tales of this place, brought to life by the call of the loon and the crash of the waves.

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday | 1.5 - 2 hours | June & July: 9:00 p.m. / August: 8:30 p.m. / September: 7:30 p.m. | $14.70 | Recommended for visitors 8 years of age or older.
Meet in the parking lot at Freshwater Lake trailhead.
Pre-registration is required at campground kiosk or visitor centre. Space is limited.
Tickets: 902-285-2535
Freshwater Lake, Ingonish

Seeing in the Dark

Explore the night in a place where it truly gets dark. Learn tips and tricks for using your senses to peek under the cover of night. A symphony of owls, loons and toads accompanies you on this one-of-a-kind journey into the vibrant nocturnal world at Warren Lake.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday | June & July: 8:30 p.m. / August: 8:00 p.m. / September: 7:00 p.m. | 2.5 hours | $14.70 | Recommended for visitors over 12 years of age.
Pre-registration required at campground kiosk or visitor centre. Space is limited.
Tickets: 902-285-2535
Warren Lake, Ingonish


La Bloc Party!

You're invited to "La Bloc Party"! Indulge in the tastes and tales of this spectacular place.

Learn to Lobster Boil

Cook, crack and enjoy lobster fresh from the sea on an abandoned wharf over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Share tunes, stories, local knowledge and recipes as you dine with an intimate group.

Wednesday | June 22 to August 31 | June & July: 7:00 p.m. / August: 6:30 p.m. | $44.00
Pre-registration required. Call before 4:00 p.m. to reserve your tickets; cancellation deadline: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: 902-224-2306
La Bloc, Chéticamp

How to Hook a Mackerel

The sea is "flat cam". Mackerel zip through the water at lightning speeds. What’s that – a tug on your line? The fire’s ready, how shall we prepare it? There will be plenty of tasty tales to go around.

Thursday | July 7 to September 1 | July: 7:00 p.m. / August: 6:30 p.m. | $22
Pre-registration required. Call before 4:00 p.m. to reserve your tickets; cancellation deadline: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: 902-224-2306
La Bloc, Chéticamp

A Taste of l'Acadie

Roll up your sleeves, grab your graters and learn to make Acadian potato pancakes, or "crêpes au râpage," as you sing along to centuries-old traditional songs. Better try the molasses!

Monday | July 4 to August 29 | July: 7:00 p.m. | August: 6:30 p.m. | $22.00
Pre-registration required. Call before 4:00 p.m. to reserve your tickets; cancellation deadline: 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: 902-224-2306

La Bloc, Chéticamp


Just Beachy!

Just Beachy Activities

Your sand-filled family camping headquarters!

Family fun all in one at the Ingonish Beach Campground. Many of our fabulous offers around the park can be found in one convenient location. Swimming, playing, camping, hiking, biking and even learning are great anywhere in the park and at the newly-refreshed Ingonish Beach Campground facility they all come together.

Look for a beaver on a family bike ride around Freshwater Lake. Grab a tasty snack at the beach canteen. Take a hike (on one of our nearby trails). Discover some great reading in our tiny library. Play a game of tennis, soccer or ultimate Frisbee at the courts and fields near the beach. Find shelter from the elements and enjoy a board game in the designated kitchen shelter. Seize those photo ops!

Meet Parka on her daily morning campground walkabout. Explore the natural world with a park guide (get up close and personal with fish, insects, trees, rocks and more) or participate in Parka's Fun and Games. Venture out on a Lantern Walk Through Time. Meander to Middle Head. Catch a puppet show.


Eco-Capers

Every weekday brings a new hands-on adventure

Explore the geology at Presqu'île's rocky beach, discover the flora and fauna of trails in the Acadian and boreal forests, investigate the fascinating life in a bog, and dip your toe in the rich marine environment. Every weekday brings a new, hands-on adventure. Ask for details on locations and register at the visitor centres or campground kiosks.

Monday - Friday | July and August: 3:00 p.m. | $3.90 per session

Monday: Lone Shieling
Tuesday: Jack Pine Trail
Wednesday: Bog Trail
Thursday: North Bay Beach
Friday: Presqu'île

Lake Safari

Come face to face with a variety of amazing aquatic creatures and find out what the park is doing to keep this freshwater ecosystem healthy.

Monday & Friday | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Program included with your park pass
Freshwater Lake, Ingonish

Following Fire

Fire is an essential part of our forest ecosystems. Come explore a fire-dependent pine-oak forest and find out how burning the forest can help it grow.

Tuesday | 5:00 p.m. | Program included with your park pass
Warren Lake, Ingonish

Bring Back the Boreal

Our boreal forest is changing and moose have a lot to do with that! Let us shed some light on what is happening with forest regeneration in the Cape Breton Highlands.

Tuesday | English | Broad Cove Outdoor Theatre, Broad Cove Campground, Ingonish | July: 9:00 p.m. | August: 8:30 p.m. | Program included with your park pass

Tuesday | French | Kitchen Shelter B, Chéticamp Campground, Chéticamp | 7:00 p.m. | Program included with your park pass

Saturday | Chéticamp Visitor Centre, Chéticamp | 8:30 p.m. | Program included with your park pass

Live at the Park

The Chéticamp Visitor Centre comes to life with a variety of special guests from around the island. Drawing on the many talents and cultures of Cape Breton, each week will be a new experience, from fiddles and pipes to dancers and drums.

Tuesday | 8:30 p.m. | Program included with your park pass
Chéticamp Visitor Centre, Chéticamp

Puppet Show

Something is happening deep in the forests of Cape Breton Highlands. What does that mean for a thrush, a marten and a lynx? Join the "Forest Keepers" as they try to solve the mystery.

Wednesday, Saturday | 3:00 p.m. | Program included in your park pass
Freshwater Lake, Ingonish

Campground Campfire

Campers, come join us around the group campfire to share stories songs and more on select evenings at our larger campgrounds. A park guide will lead the group for one hour; stay and connect with your fellow campers into the evening.

Sunday | 8:00 p.m. | Program included in your park pass
Chéticamp Campground

Wednesday | 8:00 p.m. | Program included in your park pass
Broad Cove Campground

Saturday | 8:00 p.m. | Program included in your park pass
Ingonish Beach Campground

Interpreter's Pick

Our park guides share their favourite natural and cultural wonders. From captivating programs about the flora and fauna of our national park to nature movies and guest speakers, come on a journey of discovery with people who have a passion for parks. Check with staff for this evening’s pick.

Monday, Saturday | July: 9:00 p.m. / August: 8:30 p.m. | 1-2 hours | Program included in your park pass
Broad Cove Campground Outdoor Theatre, Ingonish

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday | 8:30 p.m. | 1-2 hours | Program included in your park pass
Chéticamp Visitor Centre, Chéticamp

Sparking New Growth

Come discover what we are learning about how fire actually helps keep a forest healthy.

Thursday | July: 9:00 p.m. / August: 8:30 p.m. | Program included in your park pass
Broad Cove Campground Outdoor Theatre, Ingonish

Evening on the Beach

Awaken your senses in a stellar ocean setting. Stroll and play on the beach as tales of the past spark your imagination. Then, settle in around the campfire and relax under the stars. Bring a chair or blanket. Musical instruments welcome.

Friday | 8:00 p.m. | 2 hours | Program included in your park pass
Broad Cove Beach, Ingonish

Gaelic Milling Frolic

Join Gaelic singers Geoffrey and Rebecca-Lynne for an evening of exploring Gaelic culture through song. The whole family will be swept away by the rhythm of this hands-on "milling frolic".

Friday | 8:00 p.m. | 2 hour | $5.00
Chéticamp Visitor Centre, Chéticamp

Tea Talks

Steeped conversation. Join a park guide or special guest in our new Chéticamp Visitor Centre foyer to chat over a cup of morning tea. Themes will vary; the welcome will always be warm.

Saturday, Sunday | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Program included in your park pass
Chéticamp Visitor Centre, Chéticamp

Discovery Zone

Children of all ages and their families will discover nature and our national park through interactive, hands-on activities and lots of fun.

Saturday | 7:00 p.m. | 1 hour | Program included in your park pass
Broad Cove Campground Activity Building, Ingonish and La Rigouèche, Chéticamp Campground, Chéticamp

The Beach is Alive

See how natural forces bring Broad Cove Beach to life as it shifts and evolves. Meet its residents and discover the key roles they play. Program geared to family audience.

Sunday | 7:00 p.m. | 1 hour | Program included in your park pass
Broad Cove Beach, Ingonish