Cape Breton Highlands National Park has re-opened after having closed its facilities due to Hurricane Dorian. Crews are currently assessing any damage caused by the hurricane. Hiking trails remain open, but may be obstructed or partially obstructed by debris. Please exercise extra caution while hiking, and check at the visitor centres in Ingonish or Chéticamp for the latest trail condition report.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park's hiking trails range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn't end at the park's boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails.
The following is a list of Cape Breton Highlands National Park's hiking trails. Distances are round-trip with average walking times. Click on the trail name for more detailed information.
Our trails have been rated for difficulty with the internationally recognized symbols:
|Easy||Family-friendly trails that are suitable for all visitors.|
|Moderate||Medium-length trails with moderate elevation gain and some short, steep sections. Suitable for most visitors.|
|Difficult||Longer trails with long, steep sections that are suitable for visitors who have trail experience and are prepared (proper equipment and water).|
|Acadian (loop)||8.4 km||3 - 4 hours||20 - 365 m|
|Salmon Pools||7.8 km||3 - 4 hours||15 - 110 m|
|Le Chemin du Buttereau||4.6 km||1.5 hours||25 - 65 m|
|Le Buttereau (loop)||1.6 km||30 - 45 minutes||0 - 55 m|
|Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge||9 km||2.5 - 3.5 hours||40 - 110 m|
|Corney Brook||6.5 km||2 hours||30 - 170 m|
|Skyline||7 km or
8.7 km (loop)
|2 - 3 hours||290 - 405 m|
|Bog (loop)||0.5 km||15 minutes||410 m|
|Benjie's Lake||3 km||1 - 1.5 hours||400 m|
|Fishing Cove||12 km||5 - 6 hours||0 - 355 m|
|MacIntosh Brook||1.7 km||30 - 45 minutes||30 - 65 m|
|Lone Shieling (loop)||0.6 km||15 minutes||70 m|
|Aspy||/||9.6 km||3 - 4 hours||60 - 450 m|
|Mica Hill||7.9 km||3 - 3.5 hours||260 - 410 m|
|Jack Pine (loop)||2.3 km||1 hour||0 - 50 m|
|Coastal||11.3 km||3 - 4 hours||0 - 45 m|
|Jigging Cove (loop)||2.4 km||40 - 50 minutes||50 - 65 m|
|Green Cove||0.2 km||10 minutes||10 m|
|Broad Cove Mountain||2.3 km||1 hour||35 - 180 m|
|Warren Lake (loop)||4.7 km||1.5 hours||15 m|
|Branch Pond Look-off||8.4 km||2 - 3 hours||100 - 305 m|
|Franey (loop)||7.4 km||2 - 3 hours||95 - 430 m|
|Clyburn Valley||8.5 km||2 - 3 hours||5 - 50 m|
|Middle Head||3.8 km||1.5 hours||0 - 45 m|
|Freshwater Lake Look-off||0.3 km||10 minutes||10 - 45 m|
|Freshwater Lake||1.7 km||30 - 40 minutes||0 - 15 m|
Remember that you are hiking in a protected wilderness environment.
- Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
- Hike with friends and a solid walking stick.
- If you choose to walk alone, tell somebody where you are going.
- Pack in, pack out. Littering attracts wildlife and puts you and the animals at risk.
- Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
- Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
- Dress appropriately. Weather may change rapidly on the plateau and along the coast.
- Bring water, especially for longer trails, climbs and open barrens.
- Bring insect repellant. Black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.