Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Welcome to Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea!

Cape Breton Highlands National Park As You’ve Never Seen Before (Video Credit – Brinton Photography)

Adventure awaits in Cape Breton Highlands National Park! Accessible to all via the famous Cabot Trail, the park protects 950 square kilometres of majestic plateau, deeply cut river canyons and spectacular coastal scenery

A park pass is required from May to October for park use. FREE for Youth to Ages 18 in 2018!

For more information on fees and services, visit park facilities, call 902-224-2306, or visit parkscanada.gc.ca/capebreton

One of Canada’s most enchanting places, where the mountains meet the sea

As you hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline you’ll wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs

Keep your eyes open for moose and bald eagles. You might even catch a minke or pilot whale breaking waves in the Atlantic, or Gulf of St. Lawrence. And you’re never far from a steaming plate of local lobster fresh from the ocean around you.

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Happy New Year ! We wish you peace, joy, and hope!

Second Annual Ice Skating Party! Why not try something truly Canadian with a historic twist — skating at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site! The free skating party is back! We invite you to join us on January 28, 2018 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for an afternoon of family fun. Enjoy free Heritage™ hot chocolate and marshmallows by the fire. Dress warm and don’t forget to bring a helmet (mandatory for 12 and under) along with your skates. Call 902-733-3552 the day of the event to confirm that weather conditions are suitable. An alternate date has been set for February 4.

The gift of the great outdoors Annual park passes are now available at a reduced rate until June 30. Adult annual passes can be purchased for $19.60 (regular price: $39.20). An annual pass for seniors is $17.60 (regular price: $34.40); and a group pass is $49 (regular price: $78.50), which covers a group of up to seven people arriving in a single vehicle. Please note that starting January 1, 2018, admission to Parks Canada places for youth 17 and under is free! There’s no better time to create lasting memories with the whole family. An annual pass provides unlimited access to many of Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s most celebrated features, including Cabot Trail sightseeing, hiking trails, a supervised beach, picnic areas, and the many interpretive programs happening each week throughout the summer. An entry pass is also required for camping and fishing. Visitors are able to take advantage of this savings by calling the park at 902-224-2306. Passes can also be purchased at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Visitor Centres in Chéticamp and Ingonish, or by emailing cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca. For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/capebreton.

Discovery Pass If you plan to visit more than one park or National Historic Site this year, consider purchasing the 2018 Discovery Pass. Order your Family/Group Discovery Pass by December 31, 2017 and receive 20% off! The passes are available at www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca.

Cape Breton Field Unit Honoured by Tourism Industry Association of Canada The Cape Breton Field Unit was recently awarded the Visa Canada Innovator of the Year Award by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). This award is presented to the tourism business or organization that develops the most innovative new tourism product, service or process, or new approach to an existing tourism product, service or process that positively impacts the tourism business or the tourism industry as a whole. The award is judged by a panel of industry experts and the winner is selected based on set criteria. Staff in the Cape Breton Field Unit share this award with the partners who support us and help us in delivering our programs. A special thank you to Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton Association, who nominated the Field Unit for the award.

Download a printable version of the 2017 activity guide and brochure for Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Also available for download is the 1:125,000 map of the park–for a more detailed version, refer to the 1:50,000 topographic map of the park or one of the hiking guideas available for purchase at Le Nique nature bookstore in the Chéticamp Visitor Centre. Basic maps of our hiking trails are available in the Hiking section of the website.

Finally, to ensure a safe and pleasant experience in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, we have made our Keep It Wild, Keep It Safe wildlife safety brochure available for download, as well as a map describing the infrastructure work (road construction and repair) happening within the park in 2017. To download them, please click the links below.

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2017 Activity Guide

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2017 Brochure

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Park Map
2017 Park Map

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Bring Back the Boreal! – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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March issue 2018 of the Bring Back the Boreal newsletter. I hope you take the time to read it and familiarize yourself with the latest information on this project.

The health of the Boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is in decline. Forest species such as the lynx and American marten are struggling with the current loss of habitat and at-risk forest-dependent birds like the Bicknell’s Thrush are being replaced by grassland species. Part of Parks Canada’s mandate is to protect Canada’s natural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment for present and future generations.

It’s about restoring balance to this important ecosystem. For more on the project, visit parkscanada.gc.ca/BringBacktheBoreal. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Rob Howey, Resource Conservation Manager, at robert.howey@pc.gc.ca or at 902-285-2527. Kelly Deveaux, Acting Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

November 2017 Issue of the Bring Back the Boreal Newsletter

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I hope you take the time to read it and familiarise yourself with the latest information on this project.

The health of the Boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is in decline. Forest species such as the lynx and American marten are struggling with the current loss of habitat and at-risk forest-dependent birds like the Bicknell’s Thrush are being replaced by grassland species. Part of Parks Canada’s mandate is to protect Canada’s natural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment for present and future generations.

It’s about restoring balance to this important ecosystem. For more on the project, visit parkscanada.gc.ca/BringBacktheBoreal. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Derek Quann, Bring Back the Boreal Project Manager, at derek.quann@pc.gc.ca or at 902-285-4351.

July 2017 Newsletter

Hello everyone, You will find attached the July issue of the Bring Back the Boreal newsletter. I hope you take the time to read it and familiarize yourself with the latest information on this project.

The health of the Boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) is in decline. Forest species such as the lynx and American marten are struggling with the current loss of habitat and at-risk forest-dependent birds like the Bicknell’s Thrush are being replaced by grassland species. Part of Parks Canada’s mandate is to protect Canada’s natural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment for present and future generations.

It’s about restoring balance to this important ecosystem. For more on the project, visit pc.gc.ca/BringBacktheBoreal. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Derek Quann, Bring Back the Boreal Project Manager, at derek.quann@pc.gc.ca or at 902-285-4351. Éric Le Bel, Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Parks Canada’s Bring Back the Boreal team is in the third year of a comprehensive 4-year pilot project to restore the Boreal forest and engage local communities, visitors and partners. The health of the Boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) is in decline. Forest species such as the lynx and American marten are struggling with the current loss of habitat and at-risk forest-dependent birds like the Bicknell’s Thrush are being replaced by grassland species. Part of Parks Canada’s mandate is to protect Canada’s natural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment for present and future generations.

Bring Back the Boreal is about restoring balance to this important ecosystem. If you have any questions or comments about this project, please feel free to contact Rosie Smith, Bring Back the Boreal Project Coordinator, at rosie.smith@pc.gc.ca or at 902-285-3001.

October 2016 Newsletter

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

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April 2016 Newsletter

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Videos of interest:

  • Bring Back the Boreal: A story about Cape Breton Highlands National Park is available at http://www.pc.gc.ca/bringbacktheboreal. This animated video tells the story of the boreal forest.
  • Land & Sea’s “A Tale of Two Moose” and “Moose Cull” provide insight into moose populations in Nova Scotia, particularly in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You can watch these videos at: http://www.cbc.ca/landandsea.

If you’re interested in learning more about Mi’kmaq treaty rights, the documentary called aptn Investigates: With Rights is also available at http://aptn.ca.

For more information about the Bring Back the Boreal project visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/bringbacktheboreal.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s Hiking Trails

(Distances are round-trip with average walking times)

Range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn’t end at the park’s boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails

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How To Reach Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ingonish Beach, NS – B0C 1L0 Canada, Tel: 902-224-2306 Fax: 902-285-2866

Email: cb.info@pc.gc.ca / http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/capebreton

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Emergency Numbers;

  • Police, fire, ambulance: 911
  • Parks Canada visitor safety emergencies: 1-877-852-3100 

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

Expect construction delays in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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• Check with visitor centres for the construction brochure with updates and estimated wait times

• Look for Mobile Kiosk serving you in the nooks and crannies of the park with updates and information

• Idle-free. Please turn off engines while you wait.

Summary of Parks Canada’s 2016 Moose Harvest in

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Part of Parks Canada’s mandate is to protect Canada’s natural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment for present and future generations. As you know, the health of the Boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) is in decline. Forest species such as the lynx and American marten are struggling with the current loss of habitat and at-risk forest-dependent birds like the Bicknell’s Thrush are being replaced by grassland species.

The Bring Back the Boreal pilot project is about restoring balance to this important ecosystem. The project is testing different techniques in the park to find the most effective approaches to restoring the forest. One of those techniques, in the form of a moose harvest, is intended to reduce the moose population in Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) within a 20 km2 area of North Mountain (2% of the park) and then to closely monitor the regeneration of the area over time. This year’s moose harvest started on November 8, 2016 and ended on December 10, 2016. We removed 50 moose during this period. The harvest was done in a humane and respectful manner.

It’s important to understand that this is a population reduction operation. The intent is to reduce the moose population with this 20km2 area (same zone as last year) as much as possible so that the forest is given an opportunity to regenerate itself. We will conduct an aerial survey of the area to help us confirm the reduction of moose within that vicinity. We will also provide more details in the New Year once we’ve had a chance to analyze the data gathered during the harvest.

Finally, in order to ensure public safety during the harvest period, Parks Canada had closed the 20 km2 harvest area of North Mountain to everyone except those directly involved in the moose harvest. Please note that access on North Mountain and Beulach Ban Falls Road, including Big Intervale Research Station, has now been restored. Derek Quann, Project Coordinator – Resource Conservation, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Hike a trail. Plant a tree. Save a forest.

Last fall, visitors to Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) witnessed the progress of Bring Back the Boreal as they hiked through the fence along the Skyline trail, built to protect seedlings from moose browsing. The area has turned to grassland and is unable to regenerate on its own, so Parks Canada is planting trees in the area. Moose like balsam fir but are not big fans of spruce, so balsam fir will be planted inside the fence and spruce trees outside.

In early fall 2015, Parks Canada hosted “Seedling Saturdays” and “Hike a trail, Plant a tree, Save a forest” events to give visitors and school groups an opportunity to help the forest by planting trees. Over 500 volunteers helped plant 5,100 Highland White Spruce seedlings outside the fence on the Skyline trail.

This year, visitors and local residents are once again invited to give nature a helping hand by planting a tree and walking the Skyline trail to experience how the trees grow, based on different planting methods.

Check out the next issue of this newsletter for more information about the tree planting opportunities coming up this spring. If you are interested in planting a tree to help save a forest in CBHNP, please contact us at 902-224-2306 or cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca to learn more.

Special Events 2016 HELD

May

28-29 Cabot Trail Relay race

June

9 Hike a Trail. Plant a Tree. Save a Forest! Skyline trail

18 New Geocache launch Ingonish Beach soccer field

25 Bicycle Rodeo (Rain date Jun. 26) La Rigouèche day use area

26 Ingonish Triathlon

July

1 Canada Day Ingonish

2-8 KitchenFest!

16 Parks Day Teddy Bears’ Picnic Ingonish Beach soccer field

16 Three Peaks Challenge (Sold Out!)

16-17 Learn-to-Camp Ingonish Beach Campground

19 Live! At the Park – concert Chéticamp Visitor Centre

20 Coastal Life Discovery Program Clyburn Brook estuary

August

8-12 Junior Naturalist Day Camp Black Brook Beach

8-15 Nikani Awtiken Mi’kmaq Youth Camp

12 Star-gazing and Meteor Showers Black Brook Beach

13 Star-gazing and Meteor Showers La Bloc

18 Coastal Life Discovery Program Neils Brook estuary

September

3,10,17,24 Seedling Saturdays – Hike a Trail. Plant a Tree. Save a Forest! Skyline trail

9-18 Hike the Highlands Festival

21 National Tree Day

October

7-15 Celtic Colours International Festival

9 Celtic Colours Pumpkin Carving La Rigouèche

9 Celtic Colours Pumpkin Carving Warren Lake

10 Celtic Colours Guided Hike Corney Brook trail

11 Celtic Colours Guided Hike Acadian trail

12 Celtic Colours Guided Hike Mica Hill trail

13 Celtic Colours Guided Hike Franey trail

14 Celtic Colours Guided Hike Warren Lake trail

13-16 Huckle Buckle Festival Ingonish

Schedule subject to change. For a complete list of local festivals, music, shows and events, visit park visitor centres, parkscanada.gc.ca/capebreton, cbisland.com, cabottrail.travel, northerncapebreton.com or novascotia.com.

CBHNP Activity Guide 2016

The 2016 Activity Guide is now available on-line to download http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/cbreton/~/media/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/2016/CBH_2016.ashx as well downloadable here: CapeBretonHighlandsNationalParkActivityGuide2016 There are also copies at CBHNP Visitor Centres in Ingonish, Victoria County & Cheticamp, Inverness County. This guide includes special events, hiking challenges, hiking trails, guided adventures, festivals, camping, play in the park, and much much more

Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s Hiking Trails

(Distances are round-trip with average walking times)

Range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn’t end at the park’s boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails

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Trail Distance Time Elevation
Acadian (loop) 8.4 km 3 – 4 hours 20 – 365 m
Salmon Pools 12.2 km 3 – 4 hours 15 – 110 m
Le Chemin du Buttereau 4.6 km 1.5 hours 25 – 65 m
Le Buttereau (loop) 1.6 km 30 – 45 minutes 0 – 55 m
Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge 9 km 2.5 – 3.5 hours 40 – 110 m
Corney Brook 6.5 km 2 hours 30 – 170 m
Skyline 7.5 km or
9.2 km (loop)
2 – 3 hours 290 – 405 m
Bog (loop) 0.5 km 15 minutes 410 m
Benjie’s Lake 3 km 1 – 1.5 hours 400 m
Fishing Cove 5.7 km or
12 km
2 – 3 hours or
5 – 6 hours
0 – 355 m
MacIntosh Brook 1.7 km 30 – 45 minutes 30 – 65 m
Lone Shieling (loop) 0.6 km 15 minutes 70 m
Aspy 9.6 km 3 – 4 hours 60 – 450 m
Glasgow Lakes Extension 7.9 km 3 – 4 hours 260 – 410 m
Jack Pine (loop) 2.3 km 1 hour 0 – 50 m
Coastal 11.3 km 3 – 4 hours 0 – 45 m
Jigging Cove (loop) 2.4 km 40 – 50 minutes 50 – 65 m
Green Cove 0.2 km 10 minutes 10 m
Broad Cove Mountain 2.3 km 1 hour 35 – 180 m
Warren Lake (loop) 4.7 km 1.5 hours 15 m
Branch Pond Look-off 8.1 km 2 – 3 hours 100 – 305 m
Franey (loop) 7.4 km 2 – 3 hours 95 – 430 m
Clyburn Valley 8.5 km 2 – 3 hours 5 – 50 m
Middle Head 3.8 km 1.5 hours 0 – 45 m
Freshwater Lake Look-off 0.3 km 10 minutes 10 – 45 m
Freshwater Lake 1.7 km 30 – 40 minutes 0 – 15 m

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