Parks Canada



Issue 14 | June 2018

Free entry on ParkFit day All national parks and national historic sites are free on Canada Day. We are pleased to add June 2 as another free day for Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is also National Health and Fitness Day; a day to celebrate being active and fit! We are inviting everyone to join us for a day of health and fitness in the park, from yoga and karate to hiking and biking as part of our ParkFit event. We are also partnering with local Emergency Health Services, RCMP, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to host our annual bike rodeo for kids with bike check-ups and an obstacle course as well as a teddy bear clinic near the Chéticamp visitor centre. Join us for a day of fitness in the park. Work up a sweat and be ParkFit.

Here are the scheduled activities for the day:


4:15 a.m. – Skyline sunrise hike – meet at the Skyline trail parking lot (rain or shine)

10 a.m. – Karate – meet at the visitor centre

2 p.m. – Bike rodeo near the visitor centre – includes bike check-ups and obstacle course, a free barbecue and Teddy Bear clinic.

3 p.m. – Bike ride at Salmon Pools trail – meet at the visitor centre

3 p.m. – Bike ride to Veteran’s Monument look-off – meet at visitor centre

7 p.m. – Yoga – meet at the visitor centre (Please note: in case of heavy rain, yoga will move inside the Chéticamp visitor centre.) Ingonish

10 a.m. – Yoga at Ingonish Beach

10 a.m. – Hike at Franey trail (organized by Victoria County)

3 p.m. – Hike at Mica Hill trail (organized by Victoria County)

6 p.m. – Fitness class at the soccer field across from the beach tennis courts

7:30 p.m. – Karate at the soccer field across from the beach tennis courts (Please note: in case of heavy rain, the fitness class, karate and yoga will move to the Smokey Recreation Society)

Roots to Boots Music, hiking and stories are part of the fourth annual Roots to Boots Festival that will take place June 14-17 in the communities of Chéticamp and Louisbourg. There’s something to do every day, so put on your hiking boots and dancing shoes and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Cape Breton’s roots. For more information, visit or call 902-224-2642 or 902-733-3838.

Kwe! Welcome to the Land of Fog National Indigenous Peoples Day is just around the corner. As the longest day of the year, June 21 is the time of year many Indigenous Peoples groups have chosen to celebrate their culture and heritage. We’re proud to help tell the Indigenous story at our Parks Canada places. For example, new this year to Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a program called Pjila’si Unama’ki! Come chat with Mary Louise Bernard, Parks Canada interpreter and former Chief of the Wagmatcook First Nation, to learn about the Mi’kmaq and their culture, and to find out what is going on in the five vibrant Indigenous communities of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). The program is available Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Chéticamp visitor centre.

Learn to-Camp Think you might want to experience the joy of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? Register for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site‘s learn-to camp event on June 23-24, 2018! This two-day event offers you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent and what to pack. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities. Hear traditional tales from Mi’kmaq storytellers and together celebrate Canada’s Indigenous peoples and heritage. Campers will pitch their tent in the courtyard of the King’s Bastion, share stories around the campfire and spend the night under the star-filled sky inside the 18th century fortress walls. All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag and curiosity. Tents will be provided. The cost is $29.30 per person (children 5 and under: free). This includes activities, supper, breakfast in the period restaurant and snacks. For more information or to register, call 902-733-3552.

Keep it wild, Keep it safe Ever hear of a bear jam? It’s a traffic jam caused by people stopped to look at nearby bears. If you come across a bear jam, or any other traffic jam due to nearby wildlife, drive by slowly. If you decide to stop, pull over safely without blocking the road and make it a brief stay. Watch wildlife from afar and preferably from the safety of your car. This is the best way to stay safe and minimize your impact on wildlife. It’s also important to never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife in a national park is actually illegal. Once an animal gets used to human food, it becomes a risk to public safety, and may have to be destroyed. For example, if they lose their “wild” instincts, they’re more likely to venture closer to campgrounds and nearby communities and become dependent on human food. They might also get too accustomed to traffic and be struck by a vehicle. Keep a safe a distance from wildlife; respect their space. Help us keep the “wild” in wildlife.

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