Cape Breton Highlands National Park Hiking Trails

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Welcome to Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea!

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 Canada’s 150 Birthday!

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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.

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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http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking.aspx

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.

Bring back the boreal! – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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.

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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http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking.aspx

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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