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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Choose Your Own Big Adventure

Weekly Activities - 27 June to 31 August 2014

Be sure to also check out our Special Events menu, featuring an array of activities taking place throughout the summer in Cape Breton Highlands National Park!


Every Day

Middle Head Hike (Daily)
Middle Head Hike

Middle Head Hike

Hike begins at Middle Head trailhead - 10 a.m.
Be inspired by the beauty of the coastline on a 4 km interpretive hike along the stunning, rugged Middle Head Peninsula, home of the Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa and Highlands Links golf course.
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours

Park Interpreters Out and About

Interpretation Station Locations
Interpretation Station Locations 2014

Look for park interpreters on popular trails and at viewpoints around the Cabot Trail to discover more about whales, moose, coastal life and many other aspects of the park. Quench your curiosity and seek answers to your questions at various locations, including:

  1. Lakie's Head
  2. Green Cove Viewpoint & Trail
  3. Bog Trail
  4. SkylineTrail
  5. Veteran's Monument Viewpoint


Sunday

Coyotes Among Us
Coyotes Among Us

Coyotes Among Us

Chéticamp Visitor Centre
8 p.m.
This presentation sheds some light on these elusive creatures and helps us to find our place in nature and enjoy the park safely and responsibly.
Duration: 1 hour

The Beach is Alive

Broad Cove Campground  Beach - meet at the benches near the parking area by the beach
7 p.m.
 
See how natural forces bring Broad Cove beach to life as it shifts and evolves.  Crouch down in the sand, meet its residents and discover the key roles they play.  Program is geared to a family audience.
Duration: 1 hour


Monday

Skyline Sunset Hike (Monday through Friday)
Skyline Sunset Hike

Skyline Sunset Hike

Bilingual
Skyline trailhead
Two hours before sunset

Immerse yourself in nature's masterpiece where the mountains truly meet the sea. You will be led through the boreal forest to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean 400 metres below. Don't forget your camera: bald eagles, moose and whales often make an appearance.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 miles) return. The trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre.
Cost: $14.70
Not recommended for visitors under 12 years of age.
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)

Nature Film Night

Broad Cove Campground outdoor theatre
July: 9 p.m. | August: 8:30 p.m.
Nature's secrets will be revealed during our Nature Film Night, featuring stunning footage from all over the world.
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hour


Tuesday

Skyline Sunset Hike (Monday through Friday)
Skyline Sunset Hike

Skyline Sunset Hike

Bilingual
Skyline trailhead
Two hours before sunset

Immerse yourself in nature's masterpiece where the mountains truly meet the sea. You will be led through the boreal forest to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean 400 metres below. Don't forget your camera: bald eagles, moose and whales often make an appearance.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 miles) return. The trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre.
Cost: $14.70
Not recommended for visitors under 12 years of age.
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)

Coyotes Among Us
Coyotes Among Us

Coyotes Among Us

Broad Cove Campground outdoor theatre
8 p.m.

This presentation sheds some light on these elusive creatures and helps us to find our place in nature and enjoy the park safely and responsibly.
Duration: 1 hour


Wednesday

Skyline Sunset Hike (Monday through Friday)
Skyline Sunset Hike

Skyline Sunset Hike

Bilingual
Skyline trailhead
Two hours before sunset

Immerse yourself in nature's masterpiece where the mountains truly meet the sea. You will be led through the boreal forest to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean 400 metres below. Don't forget your camera: bald eagles, moose and whales often make an appearance.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 miles) return. The trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre.
Cost: $14.70
Not recommended for visitors under 12 years of age.
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)

Saw-whet owl - Seeing in the Dark (Monday)
Seeing in the Dark

Seeing in the Dark

Warren Lake trailhead
July: 8:30 p.m. | August: 8 p.m.
Enjoy a transformative experience as you explore the night in a place where it truly gets dark. While being guided through the woods, visitors are challenged by the absence of artificial light to step outside their usual comfort zone and learn how to use their other senses during a journey into the nocturnal world.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles) on uneven terrain. This trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Not recommended for visitors under 12 years of age. Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre.
Cost: $14.70
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)

Thursday

Skyline Sunset Hike (Monday through Friday)
Skyline Sunset Hike

Skyline Sunset Hike

Bilingual
Skyline trailhead
Two hours before sunset

Immerse yourself in nature's masterpiece where the mountains truly meet the sea. You will be led through the boreal forest to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean 400 metres below. Don't forget your camera: bald eagles, moose and whales often make an appearance.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 miles) return. The trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre.
Cost: $14.70
Not recommended for visitors under 12 years of age.
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)


Haunted Hike
Haunted Hike

Haunted Hike

Ingonish Beach Day Use Area - meet in parking lot
July: 9 p.m. | August: 8:30 p.m.

As the darkness creeps in, listen for the haunting call of the loon, or will it be one of Ingonish's ghosts? As the moonbeams glisten on the lake, you will become spellbound by the tales of this place.

Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 2.5 km (1.6 miles). This trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Recommended for visitors 8 years of age or older. Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre. Space is limited.
Cost: $14.70
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)

Gaelic Milling Frolic (Thursday)
Gaelic Milling Frolic

Gaelic Milling Frolic

Chéticamp Visitor Centre
8 p.m.
Join Gaelic singers Geoffrey and Rebecca-Lynne for an entertaining evening exploring the Gaelic culture through songs. The whole family will be swept away by the rhythm of this hands-on milling frolic.
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $5



Friday

Skyline Sunset Hike (Monday through Friday)
Skyline Sunset Hike

Skyline Sunset Hike

Bilingual
Skyline trailhead
Two hours before sunset

Immerse yourself in nature's masterpiece where the mountains truly meet the sea. You will be led through the boreal forest to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean 400 metres below. Don't forget your camera: bald eagles, moose and whales often make an appearance.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: 7.5 km (4.7 miles) return. The trail is suitable for most fitness levels.
Visitors must pre-register at either a campground kiosk or a visitor centre.
Cost: $14.70
Not recommended for visitors under 12 years of age.
For more information, call 902-224-4227 (Chéticamp) or 902-285-2535 (Ingonish)

The Beach is Alive (Sunday)
The Beach is Alive

An Evening on the Beach

Broad Cove Campground Beach - meet at the benches near the parking area by the beach
8 p.m.

Awaken your senses in a stellar ocean setting. During a peaceful walk down the beach you will discover how this natural treasure came to be. Bring a chair or blanket and relax under the stars as you allow the tales from the past to spark your imagination.
Duration: 2 hours


Saturday

Discovery Zone

Broad Cove Campground activity building; and cooking shelter near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
7 p.m.
This event takes place simultaneously in Chéticamp and Ingonish.
Children of all ages will enjoy interactive and hands-on activities that will allow them to discover nature in a fun way.
Duration: 1 hour 

Nature Film Night

Chéticamp Visitor Centre
8 p.m.
Nature's secrets will be revealed during our Nature Film Night, featuring stunning footage from all over the world.
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

National Park Wonders

Broad Cove Campground outdoor theatre
9 p.m. (July) / 8:30 p.m. (August)
Meet some of the residents of our national park and discover the environment they live in through captivating presentations offered by Parks Canada staff. 


In case of rain:

Broad Cove Campground outdoor theatre programs will move to Broad Cove Campground Activity Building. "Nature Film Night" will replace the "An Evening at the Beach" or "The Beach is Alive" program at the Broad Cove Campground Activity Building.

Guided Hikes will proceed if numbers permit.

Programs and activities may be cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances including adverse weather conditions.