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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Special Events

Special Events - 2014

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May 2014

May 24-25

Cabot Trail Relay Race

Seventy teams of 17 run almost 300 kilometres around the entire Cabot Trail in a 24-hour relay race on some of the most challenging and spectacular terrain in North America.
Registration: www.cabottrailrelay.com


June 2014

June 15

Bicycle Rodeo - Chéticamp Visitor Centre area, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring the family for bicycle tune-ups, safe riding tips, barbecue.  Organized by Chéticamp Emergency Services.


June 22

Participants in the Ingonish Triathlon at Freshwater Lake
Ingonish Triathlon
© D. Murray
Ingonish Triathlon - Ingonish Beach Day Use Area - 8 a.m.

Swim, bike and run individually or as part of a fun team.  Beginners are invited to 'try-a-tri'. 
Sprint Triathlon (minimum age 16) - 750 metre swim, 23 kilometre bike, 5 kilometre run
Olympic Triathlon (minimum age 19) - 1,500 m swim, 42 km bike, 10 km run
Try-a-Tri (minimum age 14) - 300 m swim, 9.2 km bike, 4 km run
Team Triathlon - same distance as Sprint
Cash prizes for top three men and women in Olympic and Sprint.
Pre-registration required: www.atlanticchip.ca



July 2014

July 1

Canada Day - Enjoy FREE entry to all Parks Canada sites

Canada Day Celebrations - Chéticamp Visitor Centre area - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Canada Day in Cape Breton Highlands National Park with live music, family activities and cake.  Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Canada Day Celebrations - Ingonish Beach Day Use Area (soccer field), Keltic Lodge and community locations -  8 a.m. until dark 

Cake, music and games for the whole family!

July 12-13

Learn-to-Camp - Chéticamp Campground

New to camping? Join us for a fun-filled night of sleeping under the stars, presented by Cape Breton Highlands National Park in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op. We'll show you how to set up a tent, make a campfire and cook outdoors. Other activities will include games, learning the basics of camping, hiking and a s'mores competition. Unwind by the campfire enjoying songs and stories – bring your instrument and join in. Wake up to the fresh mountain air and enjoy coffee, tea and baked goods. Fee: $45.00 per group or $55.00 with 6-person tent. Registration required: 902-224-2306 or by email.

July 14

Acadian and Scottish Concert - Chéticamp Visitor Centre, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Be immersed in an authentic cultural experience with local singer-songwriter Sylvia LeLièvre and discover two of Cape Breton's vibrant cultures through songs and stories.  Sponsored by Les Amis du Plein Air.  Donations accepted.

July 15

Coastal Life Discovery Program - Neil's Brook - Meet guide at Coastal Trail trailhead parking lot - 1 p.m.

Ever wonder what types of creatures live in the waters along our coast? Well, put on your rubber boots or water shoes and come be an assistant scientist. Help Parks Canada staff do important research and uncover the things that live in an estuary. What's an estuary, you ask? It's a special environment where rivers mix with salt water from the ocean. Help haul in a net and you may find creatures such as green crabs, nine-spined stickleback, silversides, Northern pipefish, or who knows what else. Dress appropriately for the weather and to be around the water. Visitors of all ages welcome.

July 19

Parks Day

3 Peaks Challenge
3 Peaks Challenge
© T. Wilson / Hike the Highlands Festival

Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge - 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hike three peaks in less than 12 hours! Challenge yourself against the mountains.  Experience hiking in the highlands of Cape Breton.  The mountains featured this year include Robert Mountain (340 m), Sugar Loaf (400 m) and Franey (430 m). Don't forget your camera; the views are spectacular at the top of each peak.  Teams of four can register for $150, which includes, for each team member, a park entry pass, a souvenir t-shirt, Hike the Highlands water bottle, closing ceremony and reception. hikethehighlandsfestival.com.


July 22

Acadian Milling Frolic
Acadian Milling Frolic
© D. Aucoin
Acadian Milling Frolic - Trout Brook - 7:30 p.m.

You can't beat our milling frolic. Wait – yes, you can!
Beat the wool to the rhythm of traditional Acadian songs and watch the sun set over the ocean. Join in around the table or simply sing along – and we'll take you back in time for an hour or two. Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

July 28

Acadian and Scottish Concert - Chéticamp Visitor Centre, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Be immersed in an authentic cultural experience with local singer-songwriter Sylvia LeLièvre and discover two of Cape Breton's vibrant cultures through songs and stories. Sponsored by Les Amis du Plein Air. Donations accepted.




August 2014

August 11 & August 25

Acadian and Scottish Concert - Chéticamp Visitor Centre - 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Be immersed in an authentic cultural experience with local singer-songwriter Sylvia LeLièvre and discover two of Cape Breton's vibrant cultures through songs and stories. Sponsored by Les Amis du Plein Air. Donations accepted.

August 14

Coastal Life Discovery Program - Chéticamp - Meet guide at Chéticamp Visitor Centre - 1 p.m.

Ever wonder what types of creatures live in the waters along our coast? Well, put on your rubber boots or water shoes and come be an assistant scientist. Help Parks Canada staff do important research and uncover the things that live in an estuary. What's an estuary, you ask? It's a special environment where rivers mix with salt water from the ocean. Help haul in a net and you may find creatures such as green crabs, nine-spined stickleback, silversides, Northern pipefish, or who knows what else. Dress appropriately for the weather and to be around the water. Visitors of all ages welcome.



September 2014

September 12-21

A group photo of the Hike the Highlands participants
11th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival
© L. Dixon
Hike the Highlands Festival

Join us for the 11th anniversary of Hike the Highlands Festival, featuring hikes within and adjacent to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The ten-day festival, attended by hikers from across North America and beyond, offers evening activities and presentations, a photography workshop, opening and closing ceremonies, hikers distance award program, a photo contest and more. The festival is hosted and organized by the Hike the Highlands Festival Society.
Registration: hikethehighlandsfestival.com. Fee applicable.




October 2014

October 14 & October 16

Acadian Trail
Celtic Colours Hike - Acadian Trail

Celtic Colours Hikes

Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join Cape Breton Highlands National Park staff for a guided hike associated with the Celtic Colours International Festival

October 14 - Acadian Trail - Meet guide at Chéticamp Visitor Centre - 10:30 a.m.

This trail is a steady climb to panoramic views of the plateau, river canyon, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.  3-4 hours, 8.4 km loop trail, 20-365 m elevation.  Park entry fee applies.

October 16 - Franey Trail - Meet guide at trail head - 10:30 a.m.

This trail is a steep climb to panoramic views of the Clyburn River canyon and the Atlantic Ocean. 2-3 hours, 7.4 km loop trail, 95-430 m elevation. Park entry fee applies.