June 2019

Salmon Run

June 1-2

La montée du saumon

Hit the ground running!

Here’s your chance to run or walk to help salmon conservation efforts in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

For the first time, the National Park invites you to experience trail running during an organized event through a beautiful river canyon and stunning Acadian forest. Set during the International Year of the Salmon, the Salmon Run includes 5 runs that offers options for many trail running and walking levels and ages.

The two-day family event also includes activities such as fly tying and fly casting workshops, a Tap Room Talk, games for wee ones, and a chance to talk to salmon experts. If you’re feeling hungry, the “Stand and Stuff Your Face” food truck will sell food on site. Big Spruce Brewing will be on site with their “Tag, You’re It” beer, with $0.50 from each can sold this year going to support marine research and conservation for salmon.

Organised in collaboration with Nova Scotia Trail Running, the Chéticamp River and Margaree River Salmon Associations, SchoolsPlus, Big Spruce Brewing and Ocean Tracking Network.

Saturday, June 1

Time Registration Location
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Registration: Parr Run (5 km) Robert Brook Campground Registration Station
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration: Smolt Run (9 km) Robert Brook Campground Registration Station
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration: Alevin Run (short circuit) Shelter C, near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration: Frye Run (2 km) Shelter C, near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
Time Activity Location
11:00 a.m. Parr Run (5 km)
5 km run/walk at the Salmon Pools trail
(The first 50 runners registered are guaranteed a t-shirt)
Click here to register
Salmon Pools Trail
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Stand and Stuff Your Face
food truck
Chéticamp Visitor Centre parking lot
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fly Tying and Fly Casting Workshops Shelter C, near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Big Spruce Brewing (samples) Shelter B, near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
2:00 p.m. Smolt Run (9 km)
9 km run at the Salmon pools trail
Click here to register
Salmon Pools Trail
2:30 p.m. Fry Run (2 km)
2 km run/walk at the Chéticamp Campground
No registration required
Lower Campround
3:00 p.m. Alevin Run (short circuit)
Short circuit for 3- to 6-year-olds at the Chéticamp Campground
No registration required
Playground near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Family Activities Shelter C, near Chéticamp Visitor Centre
7:00 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. "Love Flows" documentary screening Chéticamp Visitor Centre
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tap Room Talk Doryman Tavern, Chéticamp

Sunday, June 2

Time Activity Location
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration: Big Salmon Run (9 km) Robert Brook Campground Registration Station
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Stand and Stuff Your Face
food truck
Chéticamp Visitor Centre parking lot
9:00 a.m. Big Salmon Run (9 km)
9 km run at the Acadian trail
Click here to register
Acadian Trail

2019 is the International Year of Salmon which aims to raise public awareness and encourage action to protect salmon. The Salmon Run will shed light on salmon which is considered a species at risk in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The salmon on the Clyburn River are considered at extreme risk of becoming extirpated or extinct while salmon on the Chéticamp River are of special concern.

All running activities will start at Roberts Brook in the Chéticamp campground within Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

For those interested in staying overnight, campsites and oTENTiks are still available. Visit reservations.pc.gc.ca to book your site or call Parks Canada at 1-877-737-3783.

For more information on the runs, please contact pc.cbinfo.pc@canada.ca or 902-224-2306.