Cannabis is legalized and strictly regulated in Canada.  It is your responsibility to understand federal, provincial, and municipal regulations for cannabis use while visiting Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Parks Canada may issue additional restrictions when needed to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area.

The safety and well-being of our visitors is a top priority for Parks Canada and we will continue to provide quality services and experiences for all our visitors. Please respect fellow visitors and the natural environment around them at all times.


Where cannabis can be used at Cape Breton Highlands National Park

  • Registered Parks Canada campsites: Allowed
  • Backcountry: Allowed - No smoking/vaping on or within 9 metres of trails
  • Trails: Not allowed - No smoking/vaping on or within 9 metres of trails
  • Playgrounds: Not allowed - No smoking or vaping within 20 metres of playgrounds
  • Buildings: Not allowed - No smoking or vaping inside or within 4 metres of the exterior of all buildings
  • Beaches: Not allowed - No smoking or vaping on any beach (inland or ocean)
  • Inside oTENTiks and equipped camping tents: Not allowed
  • Campground common areas: Not allowed
  • Day use areas: Not allowed

Learn more about cannabis regulations

The minimum age for cannabis possession in Nova Scotia: 19

Parks Canada will actively monitor and evaluate the impacts of the legalization. Our current approach will be revisited and may be adjusted as issues arise and/or as new information becomes available.