COVID-19 and your visit to Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Parks Canada is working with Destination Cape Breton Association, Tourism Nova Scotia and other partners to keep visitors informed and safe.
Access and services will be focused on limited autonomous day use of trails and other outdoor settings. The health and safety of our employees, our visitors, and all Canadians is of the highest priority for Parks Canada. The Agency is following the advice of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks to employees and visitors can be mitigated will be available for visitation. The visitor experience will be different than it has been in the past as we adapt to COVID-19.
Parks Canada is asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe travel restrictions, to respect the guidance of public health authorities, and to help flatten the curve and keep our families, friends, and neighbours healthy and safe.
Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.
Parks Canada will re-evaluate access and services at Cape Breton Highlands National Park on an ongoing basis and keep visitors updated as more information becomes available. Please check back regularly for the most recent updates.
Please note, as per Province of Nova Scotia regulations, travel into Nova Scotia is restricted. These regulations indicate:
- Residents of Nova Scotia and fellow Atlantic Canadians are permitted to travel within the region without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Visitors from outside Atlantic Canada need to complete the necessary 14 day self-isolation when entering Nova Scotia and must complete a Self-declaration Form before they travel to the province.
Please note, self-isolating at one of our Parks Canada campsites is not permitted. Self-isolation must be completed before visiting our Parks Canada places. As information changes frequently, please check this website before travelling: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/.
What’s open (updated September 15, 2020)
- Chéticamp and Ingonish visitor centres
- All hiking trails (except the middle section of the Coastal trail, and with limited parking at the Skyline trail)
- All Cabot Trail look-offs
- Mary Ann Falls Road
- All beaches and day use areas
- Parking lots
- Entrance gate kiosks
- All playgrounds
- MacIntosh Brook campground
- Big Intervale campground
- Broad Cove campground (limited access; reservations required)
- Cheticamp campground (limited access; reservations required)
- Fishing Cove backcountry campground
- Ingonish Beach
- Lone Shieling
- Fishing with permit (purchased in advance at participating locations)
- Limited washrooms and pit privies
What’s closed (updated September 15, 2020)
- Interpretation and visitor experience programs
- All diversified accommodations (oTENTik and equipped camping)
- Ingonish Beach campground
- Corney Brook campground
Camping during COVID-19 (updated August 7, 2020)
- Plan ahead and be prepared for a different experience than you experienced when visiting Parks Canada places in the past.
- Campground washrooms in RV sections remain closed.
- At this time, Parks Canada will not be taking any walk-in reservations for the 2020 season.
- There will also be no roofed accommodations for the 2020 season. This includes both oTENTik and equipped camping.
Your safety when visiting
- Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
- Parks Canada is asking visitors to comply with recommendations from Nova Scotia public health authorities by wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, and by respecting recommended social distancing measures at all times.
- Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
- Abide by all travel advisories.