June
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.


Roots to Boots Festival

June 13-16

Roots to Boots Festival

The fifth annual Roots to Boots Festival will be held in the communities of Chéticamp and Louisbourg from June 13 to 16, 2019.

A unique blend of entertainment to please everyone: storytelling, hiking, food, local-flavour, concerts, songwriters’ circle and late night square dances!

June 13:
10:00 a.m.: Guided hike of the Acadian trail
June 14:
10:00 a.m.: Guided hike of the Salmon Pools trail
10:00 a.m.: Guided hike of Blueberry Mountain
2:00 p.m.: MAGIC. Afternoon of song, dance, food and storytelling as three cultures of Inverness County gather in friendship. (Kitchen shelter, Chéticamp campground)
June 15:
10:00 a.m.: Guided hike of the Salmon Pools trail
10:00 a.m.: Guided hike of Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge trail
June 16:
10:00 a.m.: Guided hike of the Salmon Pools trail
7:30 p.m.: Evening campfire with music at Grande Falaise

For more Roots to Boots activities happening outside the boundaries of the national park, consult the festival website: rootstobootsfestival.ca


Grandmother Moon

Grandmother Moon

June 18 (Freshwater Lake, Ingonish Beach)
June 19 (Chéticamp Campground)

8 p.m.

It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth.

This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women's teachings.

There is no age restriction for this program, and no limit to the number of participants. The program is presented in English with references to Mi’kmaq vocabulary. Bring a bottle of water.

July
July 2019

Canada Day

Canada Day

July 1

Chéticamp Visitor Centre area (Chéticamp): Live music, family activities and cake!
Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ingonish:
Keltic Lodge, 11:30 a.m.: Flag raising, cake, and a visit with Parka
Ingonish Beach Soccer Field, 1 – 3 p.m.: Family activities, and music with Deron Donovan, and try your hand at archery with Highland Bow & Arrow
Ingonish Beach, 8 p.m. – after dusk: Campfire, marshmallow roast, and fireworks

Please check locally for details on other activities happening outside of the park including breakfast at the Periwinkle Café, community scavenger hunt and lobster supper at the Ingonish fire hall.


KitchenFest! Céilidh at Broad Cove Campground

NicNeil

July 1
7 - 9 p.m.

Back for a fourth year, this fun ceilidh in the campground is unlike any other!

Live music in one of the most beautiful places on the island, for all ages, and all free!

Join the talented NicNeil sisters in Cape Breton Highlands National Park for a special musical evening.


KitchenFest! Piper at the Ingonish Visitor Centre

KitchenFest Piper at the Ingonish Visitor Centre

July 3
1 - 3 p.m.

Heading around the Cabot Trail?

Get your day started with friendly, informative service and some live pipes tunes from Rankin MacInnis!

 


Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Junior Naturalists Day Camp

July 8-12

Join us for five fun-filled days of nature exploration and adventures at and around the Black Brook Beach day use area, rain or shine.

Search for animal signs, explore a jack pine forest, and play awesome games.

This year's camp will focus on Species at Risk.

Ages 6-12. Space is limited. Register by calling 902-285-3004.


Grandmother Moon

Grandmother Moon

July 15 & 18

July 15: Broad Cove Beach
July 18: Chéticamp Campground

8 p.m.

It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth.

This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women's teachings.

There is no age restriction for this program, and no limit to the number of participants. The program is presented in English with references to Mi’kmaq vocabulary. Bring a bottle of water.


10th annual Cape Breton Highlands Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge

July 20

(Cape Smokey, Branch Pond Look-off, Franey)

Twenty-four teams of four hike three peaks in one day!

This year’s climbs are Cape Smokey (outside the park), Branch Pond Look-off and Franey.

This event is sold out.


Festival de l'Escaouette

Festival de l'Escaouette

July 31 – August 4

There is something for everyone at this five-day celebration of Acadian culture and historical tradition in the region of Chéticamp.

Be delighted by musicals and comedies, soul-felt Acadian music from local performers, and local markets of crafts and delicious foods.

August
August 2019

Festival de l'Escaouette

Festival de l'Escaouette

July 31 – August 4

There is something for everyone at this five-day celebration of Acadian culture and historical tradition in the region of Chéticamp.

Be delighted by musicals and comedies, soul-felt Acadian music from local performers, and local markets of crafts and delicious foods.


Grandmother Moon

Grandmother Moon

August 15 & 16

August 15: Broad Cove Beach
August 16: Chéticamp Campground

8 p.m.

It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth.

This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women's teachings.

There is no age restriction for this program, and no limit to the number of participants. The program is presented in English with references to Mi’kmaq vocabulary. Bring a bottle of water.

September
September 2019

Hike The Highlands Festival

Hike the Highlands Festival

September 13-22

Join us for the 15th annual Hike the Highlands Festival, featuring guided hikes within and near the park, evening activities and presentations, the hiker distance award and a photo contest.

Fee applicable.

Registration: hikethehighlandsfestival.com.


Grandmother Moon

Grandmother Moon

September 15 & 16

September 15: Ingonish Beach
September 16: Chéticamp Campground

7 p.m.

It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth.

This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women's teachings.

There is no age restriction for this program, and no limit to the number of participants. The program is presented in English with references to Mi’kmaq vocabulary. Bring a bottle of water.

October
October 2019

Celtic Colours International Festival

Celtic Colours International Festival

October 11-19

Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff for a guided hike associated with the Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay and Ingonish.

For hike details, contact pc.cbhinfo.pc@canada.ca or call 902-224-2306.

October 14: Acadian trail
October 15: Corney Brook trail
October 16: Aspy trail
October 17: Franey trail
October 18: Mica Hill trail


Grandmother Moon

Grandmother Moon

October 13 & 14

October 13: Ingonish Beach
October 14: Chéticamp Campground

6 p.m.

It is said that Grandmother Moon watches over the waters of the earth.

This Indigenous ceremony celebrates Grandmother Moon and women's teachings.

There is no age restriction for this program, and no limit to the number of participants. The program is presented in English with references to Mi’kmaq vocabulary. Bring a bottle of water.


Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving

October 14

10 a.m.

Fun for the whole family at La Rigouèche (Chéticamp campground) and Broad Cove campground.

 

 


Huckle Buckle Festival

October 18-19

Join us in Ingonish to celebrate the splendour of fall during the sixth annual Huckle Buckle Fall Festival!

Guided Hikes, fabulous food, children's activities, pumpkins, scarecrows and ceilidhs—there is something for everyone!

Don't forget to keep an eye out for scarecrows as you drive through Ingonish—they will be on display as part of our annual community scarecrow contest.

For a complete schedule visit hucklebuckle.ca.