Special Events - 2013May
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.
The Great ChétiCamp-Out © Parks CanadaThe Great ChétiCamp-out! -
Chéticamp Campground (Robert Brook)
Camp for one night, and the second night is free! Join Cape Breton Highlands National Park and The Trail Shop for a fun night of stories, music and sleeping under the stars! Unwind by the campfire or take part in the Skyline Sunset Hike. Wake up to the fresh mountain air. Local vendors will be on site with coffee, tea and baked goods in the morning.
New to camping? We'll teach you how to set up a tent, make a campfire and cook outdoors. Bring your camping supplies and provisions for meals. Need a tent? The Trail Shop will lend you one (limited quantity — reserve in advance).
Registration required: 902-224-2306.
Ingonish Triathlon © D. MurrayIngonish 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
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.
Family Day - 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!
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! You will have climbed over 1150 m and completed a half-marathon (21 km). This year's climbs are Franey, Fishing Cove and Acadian. $150/team of 4. Deadline for registration is July 6.
Acadian Milling Frolic© D. AucoinAcadian 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.
Thunder in the Highlands
Hundreds of motorcycles will travel through the park as part of this Cape Breton Bike Fest's annual event. They will also "Storm the Fortress" in Louisbourg, along with an array of other activities over the weekend. For a complete schedule of events, visit capebretonbikefest.com.
Grande Falaise© Parks CanadaPicnic in Acadie
- Grande Falaise - 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate the perseverance of the Acadian people while enjoying a picnic and traditional music at the base of the magnificent Grande Falaise! Bring provisions for your lunch. Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
10th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival© L. DixonHike the Highlands Festival
Join us for the 10th anniversary of Hike the Highlands Festival, featuring 29 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.
Celtic Colours Hike - Acadian Trail © Parks CanadaCeltic Colours Hike
- Chéticamp - 10:30 a.m.
Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff on the Acadian trail for a guided hike in honour of the Celtic Colours International Festival concert in Chéticamp. For hike details, contact email@example.com.