July 2018

Celebrate Canada Day
July 1

  • Chéticamp, 2 pm to 4 pm, Chéticamp Visitor Centre area
    Live music, family activities, and cake.
    Hosted collaboratively by La Société Saint-Pierre and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
  • Ingonish, 1 pm to 4 pm at the Clyburn day use area we are offering a FREE TRIAL OF OUR RIVER RIDE TUBES!!! Parka will be on site and cupcakes are on the menu.
  • Skyline Sunrise Hike, 1 hour before sunrise. Celebrate the dawning of Canada day by joining us on the tip of the Skyline trail to watch the sun rise over the mountains.Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and over. Pre-registration required at campground kiosk or visitor centre. Space is limited. $14.70 per person. Tickets: 902-224-2306

June 29 - July 7

In partnership with Colaisde na Gàidhlig, the Gaelic College

  • Campground Ceilidh
    July 2, 7-9 p.m.
    Enjoy a lively ceilidh in our campground at Broad Cove
  • Piper at Lone Shieling
    July 4, 1-3 p.m.
    Visit the lone piper at the Lone Shieling to honour and celebrate Cape Breton's Gaelic Roots
  • Pop-up ceilidhs
    Be on the look-out for "pop-up ceilidhs" around the park between June 29 and July 7.

Parks Day
July 15

Learn-to Camp
July 14-15, Ingonish Beach campground

...with Parks Canada, Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre, Live Life in Tent and MEC

Learn to Camp

New to camping? Cape Breton Highlands National Park is hosting a Learn-to Camp event in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op. It's going to be a tenting-good-time! Learn new skills and discover (or rediscover) the great Canadian tradition of camping! Tents, supper, and breakfast provided. Bring your sense of outdoor adventure for a night under the stars in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent, how to start a campfire, how to make the best s’mores, etc. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities.

Campers will pitch their tent at the beautiful Ingonish Beach campground, play at the beach and share stories around the campfire.

Price: $29.30 per person Children 5 and under: free
All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag or blankets and a sense of adventure. Tent provided.
(Includes activities, supper, breakfast, and snacks.)

For more information or to register: 902-562-5616, ext 0
For more information on Parks Canada Learn-to Camp experiences visit: www.pc.gc.ca/learntocamp

Cape Breton Highlands Three Peaks Challenge
July 15

Teams of four members hike three peaks in one day! This year’s climbs are Aspy Trail, Tenerife and Coastal Trail.

Registration: hikethehighlandsfestival.com.

July 21 – Warren Lake

Make a real difference. Spend time outside. Connect with nature.

You and your family team up with scientists around Warren Lake to find as many living creatures as you can. Join our experts on surveys, lake safaris and other fun activities to learn about biodiversity in the park. An opportunity to see wild creatures up close and support the protection of this special place.

Surveys - Meet at Warren Lake
7am – 8h30am: Birds
9am – 10h30am: Plants
1pm – 2:30pm: Fish/Aquatics
3pm – 4:30pm: Insects
8:45pm – 11pm: Nocturnal surveys: Bats, owls & Moths

Hikes and Presentations:
3pm: iNaturalist, at Warren Lake
7pm – 8:30pm: Photography "golden hour" hike
8pm: iNaturalist, at Broad Cove Campground Outdoor Theatre

August 2018

Festival de l'Escaouette
August 2-5

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. 

Skyline Sunrise Hike
August 5, 1 hour before sunrise

Celebrate the dawning of a new day by joining us on the tip of the Skyline trail to watch the sun rise over the mountains.

Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and over. Pre-registration required at campground kiosk or visitor centre. Space is limited. $14.70 per person. Tickets : 902-224-2306

Junior Naturalists Day Camp
August 6-10, 10 a.m. to noon, Black Brook Beach

Join us for five fun-filled days of nature exploration and adventures, rain or shine. Search for animal signs, explore a jack pine forest, and play awesome games.
Ages 6-12. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling 902-285-3004.

Coastal Life Discovery Program
August 10, 11 a.m. - Chéticamp River estuary (Meet at Chéticamp Visitor Centre. Participants will follow the guide to the beach in their own vehicles.)
August 11, 11 a.m. - Freshwater Lake

Ever wonder what types of creatures live in our coastal waters? Come find out! Help Parks Canada staff do important research and uncover the things that live in an estuary. Dress for the weather and don't forget your rubber boots or water shoes. Visitors of all ages welcome.

Star-gazing and Meteor Showers
August 11, 8 p.m. - La Bloc
August 12, 8 p.m. - Black Brook Beach

Discover the basics of astronomy and the stories behind the stars while you watch for the Perseid meteor shower. Bring binoculars and telescopes if you have them and settle in for an evening of star-gazing. For your comfort, wear warm layers and bring blankets, chairs, insect repellent, and a flashlight.

Brogue Saxophone Quartet on the Skyline Trail
August 18, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
August 19, 10:30 a.m.

Experience the Skyline Trail like never before, by joining the Brogue Saxophone Quartet, as they perform the piece “Mountain Roads” with the majestic Cape Breton Highlands as a backdrop. Composed by David Maslanka, Mountain Roads is a 30min journey inspired by the chorale music of J.S. Bach, and the Rocky Mountains.

Free 30 minute performance

As the performance will take place near the end of the trail, plan to start hiking 1 hour to 1.5 hours beforehand.

September 2018

Hike the Highlands Festival

September 14-23

Join us for the 14th 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.

October 2018

Celtic Colours International Festival
October 5-13

Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy, and excitement during this nine-day festival. Communities around the island host concerts and events at a time when the fall leaves are at their most brilliant. celtic-colours.com.

  • Pumpkin Carving
    October 7, 10 a.m., Cheticamp and Broad Cove campgrounds

Celtic Colours Hikes

Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join park staff for a guided hike associated with Celtic Colours International Festival concerts in Chéticamp, Aspy Bay and Ingonish. For hike details, contact cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca, 902-224-2306

  • Salmon Pools trail
    October 8, 2 p.m.
  • Corney Brook trail
    October 9, 2 p.m.
  • Aspy trail
    October 10, 10 a.m.
  • Middle Head trail
    October 11, 10 a.m.
  • Mica Hill trail
    October 12, 10 a.m.