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“Wow” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
902 224 2306
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Ingonish
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Driving, Camping, Hiking
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Owner description: Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands with its abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history dating back to the last Ice Age.
Halifax, Canada
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“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Gorgeous scenery, plenty of pull-offs. This is truly one of the most gorgeous drives in Canada and especially stunning in the fall. Make sure your brakes are in good working order!

Visited July 2012
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Corralitos, California
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“Big Sur without the air fare.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

best place to get away from the flat, boring, dull coasts south of here in north america. As good as Big Sur in California...

Visited August 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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“Reconnect with nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We walked several trails in the park. The most spectacular would be Skyline with the boardwalk and the view of the ocean and mountains. Others trails are also worth exploring because of the beauty of the area, the smell of the forest, the fresh air: le Buttereau (for the history and the view), MacIntosh Brook (lovely falls), Lone Shieling (old trees) Jack Pine (the smell), Mont Broad Cove (spectacular) Warren Lake (lake and beach) Middle Head (panoramic) The trails are well kept. Signs are clear. Information on vegetation, wildlife, etc. is available at visitor center and on the trail (boards). Plunge into nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Visited July 2012
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Hamilton, ON
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“This is a National Treasure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Only in Canada, do you drive through a National Park while driving along your journey to your destination which is really just the drive. This park is truly amazing. A park that is a park of the natural landscape with trekking, hiking, camping and trail opportunities every few hundred feet and panoramic views for a few bucks, it's worth the 10 bucks so make sure you go this way and keep going. Pay attention to the bear warnings and Park Ranger advice! Natural, pristine and worth protecting!

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“Mooses aren't just on Skyline”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Today we hiked the Acadie trail at the entrance to the park on the Cheticamp side instead of doing the Skyline with so many tour groups. Yes, they saw a moose up close today, as I've learned from a fellow traveller, but it was one of the "used to human" kinds, whatever that means!

We chose the officially 5.2 mi l'Acadie trail, which ended up being more like six for whatever reason. It rises from about 60' above sea level to just over 1225' and we were glad to have lots of water and some trail food. The trail has benches strategically placed *everywhere* you would want okne, but not so many to make it seem like you're in the front country. There's even an outhouse somewhere along the trail.

If you don't like to carry lots of water, take the coastal part of the loop first, as there's a creek on the inland part if you wanted to refill. And yes, we saw a mooose. ;)

Visited July 2012
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