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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Park Management

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Parks Canada's Federal Infrastructure Investment Program

What to know before you visit

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting or driving through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Cape Breton Highlands National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.

A significant amount of Parks Canada’s existing highway infrastructure assets require action now. The paving projects, rock and slope stabilisation and rehabilitation of bridges planned as part of this historic investment will ensure safe and reliable roads and an improved visitor experience while protecting the ecological and cultural integrity of our national treasures.

Important road construction work will begin in Cape Breton Highlands National Park this year. This roadwork will enhance the travelling experience for visitors and residents traversing the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are numerous projects taking place between 2015 and 2019 with various timelines. Every effort will be made to minimize impacts to visitors and businesses.


Infrastructure Projects in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

For a list of infrastructure projects that may affect visitors, see below.

Timeframes are subject to change.

Road Construction Projects - map

  1. Grand Falaise Culvert
    June 2016 – August 2016 | Detour will be in place
  2. Cabot Trail Realignment
    October 2015 – September 2016 | No detour will be required
  3. French Mountain Culvert
    September 2016 – December 2016 | Ongoing use of traffic control
  4. Cabot Trail Road Rehabilitation (French Mountain to MacKenzie Mountain)
    May 2016 – October 2016 | Primarily using traffic control
  5. North Aspy Bridge (North)
    November 2015 – January 2017 | Ongoing use of existing bridge during construction of new bridge
  6. Neil's Brook Bridge
    April 2016 – December 2016 | Ongoing use of existing bridge during construction of new bridge
  7. Black Brook Bridge
    December 2015 – December 2016 | Ongoing use of existing bridge during construction of new bridge
  8. Warren Brook Bridge
    March 2016 – November 2016 | Ongoing use of existing bridge during construction of new bridge
  9. Clyburn Brook Bridge
    April 2016 - September 2017 | Ongoing use of existing bridge during construction of new bridge
  10. Rock Stabilization across the Cabot Trail
    2015 – 2019 | Location throughout the Cabot Trail primarily using traffic control

Traffic control personnel may be used at times during construction when lights cannot be used. When personnel are present, follow their directions over the lights.

There may be periodic two-lane closures for no longer than 20 minutes. 


Safety is a top priority and Parks Canada's investments will improve visitor experiences at our national parks and national historic sites on Cape Breton.

How long will I wait in construction?
Wait times may vary at each construction site. To minimize wait times:

  • Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be used.
  • Where possible, two lane detours will be used at bridge work.

There may be periodic two-lane closures for no longer than 20 minutes.

Why is Parks Canada doing this construction during peak tourism season?
The majority of roadwork involves large bridge and highway projects. These types of projects require summer weather to ensure materials can be installed properly. Bridge projects must also be completed when water levels are low to prevent negative impacts to aquatic environment.

How can I get more information on traffic delays?
For up-to-date information on traffic updates you can: