Plan your visit
From Halifax, Cape Breton Island is a three hour drive on the Canso Causeway, then another 2 hours to the park on the Cabot Trail. This is one of the world’s most breathtaking drives, so take time to enjoy the lush forests and rugged cliff-side views as you cruise along the coast. Plan to spend at least a day or two in the park, accessible via Chéticamp on the west side, or Ingonish on the east side.
37639 Cabot Trail,
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia
There are many ways to get to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Two main auto routes lead to the western entrance of the park near Chéticamp, while two other options lead to the eastern entrance in Ingonish. The scenery you experience while traveling the Cabot Trail will be vastly different depending on the direction you choose to travel—clockwise or counterclockwise—but either way, the views are breathtaking.
The Cabot Trail, one of North America's most scenic travelways, loops around northern Cape Breton and runs for nearly 300 kilometres. Approximately one-third (106 km) of the Cabot Trail is located within the park's boundaries.
Free admission in 2017. Other fees may apply.