The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.

Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places

As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.

This means:

  • As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
  • Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
  • Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
  • Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.

We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.

You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.

Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption

Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.

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 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.

What’s open (updated June 29, 2020)
  • All Cabot Trail look-offs
  • Parking lots
  • Entrance gate kiosks
  • All playgrounds
  • MacIntosh Brook campground
  • Big Intervale campground
  • Broad Cove campground (open to RVs; tent sites opening on July 13)
  • Cheticamp campground (open to RVs; tent sites opening on July 13)
  • Freshwater Lake and day use area
  • Freshwater Lake Look-off trail
  • Ingonish Beach and day use area
  • Clyburn trail and day use area
  • Franey trail
  • North Bay Beach day use area
  • Broad Cove Mountain trail
  • Warren Lake trail, beach and day use area
  • Black Brook Beach and day use area
  • Jack Pine trail
  • Jigging Cove trail
  • Neil’s Brook picnic area
  • Mica Hill trail
  • Beulach Ban Falls parking lot
  • Aspy trail
  • Big Intervale day use area
  • Lone Shieling
  • MacIntosh Brook trail and day use area
  • Grande Anse picnic area
  • Benjie’s Lake trail
  • Bog trail
  • Skyline trail (limited parking)
  • Corney Brook trail
  • La Bloc day use area
  • Le Vieux Chemin de Cap-Rouge trail
  • La Grande Falaise day use area
  • Le Buttereau trail
  • Le Chemin de Buttereau trail
  • Salmon Pools trail
  • Acadian trail
  • La Rigouèche day use area
  • Fishing with permits (purchased in advance at participating locations)
  • Limited exterior washrooms and pit privies
What’s closed (updated June 29, 2020)
  • Chéticamp and Ingonish visitor centres
  • Interpretation and visitor experience programs
  • All diversified accommodations (oTENTik and equipped camping)
  • Ingonish Beach campground (tent sites opening on July 13)
  • Broad Cove campground (open to RVs; tent sites opening on July 13)
  • Cheticamp campground (open to RVs; tent sites opening on July 13)
  • Fishing Cove backcountry campground (opening July 6)
  • Corney Brook campground
  • Middle Head trail (opening in late June)
  • Fishing Cove trail
  • Mary Ann Falls
  • Branch Pond Look-off trail
Camping during COVID-19 (updated June 29, 2020)
  • Starting on June 22, we will gradually reopen camping facilities starting with select self-registration camping areas with limited capacity.
  • Additional camping will reopen in phases, at reduced occupancy, throughout June and July.
  • 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; washrooms in tenting sections will open when tent camping resumes on July 13.
  • 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.
  • No new reservations will be accepted until after July 13 in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
  • If you currently have a reservation, you may be contacted in the coming days.
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.
  • 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.

Stay informed