Parks Canada


June 2017

Roots to Boots Music, hiking and stories are part of the third annual Roots to Boots Festival that will take place June 15-18 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.

St. Peters Canal Bridge – swinging into summer! As of June 15, the new St. Peters Canal Swing Bridge will be operational to all sail boats and cars. The grand opening will be later this year once the landscaping and Mi’kmaq interpretative and commemorative panels are installed.

Deepening our connection with nature LandMarks2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites.

On June 24, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ursula Johnson will host a free event with musical entertainment, family fun and food to unveil her art project “(re)al-location” at MacIntosh Brook in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. For more information, visit:

Celebrate Canada Day with us We are proud to be Canadian! The national park and national historic sites in Cape Breton and Canso represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples. What better place to spend Canada’s 150th birthday than at one of our special places on July 1. In Cape Breton Highlands National Park, visit us in Ingonish from 8 a.m. until dusk for cake, music and games for the whole family. In Chéticamp, the party is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be music, family activities and cake too! Free for everyone!

Table Head Days at Marconi Join us at Table Head Days at Marconi National Historic Site on Thursday, July 6, 2017 and enjoy a barbecue, a magic show, music and kite flying. Table Head Days is a festival to celebrate the community, culture and people of Table Head. Events throughout the week, including a street dance, barbeques, and kites are open to all. Table Head Days is for everyone; visitors from other communities are more than welcome. Our Outreach team will be there with our game wheel with prizes, where everyone’s a winner! For more information on the Outreach Team or to see if the team is available to attend an event near you, contact Ida LeLièvre at 902-224-4220 or

Learn-to-Adventure New this year at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, discover our secrets with the exclusive Learn-to-Adventure full or half-day hikes off the beaten track to hidden gems Tuesdays to Sundays ($29.20 for half a day and $51.10 for a full day). For reservations or more information, call 902-224-2306 or 902-224-4226.

Fire a Musket, Have a Ball or be Prisoner of the Day! Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is offering more memorable experiences this summer. Sign up with the Compagnies Franches de la Marine and fire a musket (Adults 16+ can take their best shot – $36.80 a soldier) or fire a cannon (Adults 16+ can fire their best shot for $55.20 per cannoneer). You can also play the role of the prisoner during the Public Punishment (Visitors 13+ can have this experience for $36.80). All experiences are available from July 1 to September 15.  For more information, call 902-733-3552.

Alec and I – a love story Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell show us that the world can literally be changed by one’s love for another. Discover the heart-warming Alec and Mabel Bell story. Mabel’s hearing loss brought her to deaf educator Alexander, and the rest is history. Led by a guide, you’ll follow their love story in this 45-minute multimedia presentation, featuring artifacts and photographs from their time together ($7.30 per visitor). For more information, visit:

Extending the fall season for visitors Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site are extending the season to seven days a week until October 30, 2017. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site’s peak season is now until September 15, 2017 while the fall shoulder season runs until October 15, 2017. These changes help respond to shifting visitor patterns while meeting the needs and expectations of visitors to Cape Breton Island.