Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish: Hours, Address, Cape Breton Highlands National Park Reviews: 5/5

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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.
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Sarah W
Halifax, Canada106 contributions
Check in was easy. I was surprised to have not been given garbage/recycling bags but I had some packed so was fine. I told them we had 2 tents on our one XL camp site and they said no problem. Our first night we had a staff person come by who didn't have record of anyone on our camp site even though our papers all had us there. Second night a staff came by to let us know about an upcoming event if we were interested. Third night a staff came by to tell us we couldn't have 2 tents on our site, despite the fact we had 3+ directly talk to us and be at our site who said nothing.

Upon arrival at our site I realized the fire pit hadn't been cleaned out fully, but not a big deal once we started a fire.

Our campsite was listed as XL, and definitely was, flat with a few big trees on the outskirts that provided us much needed rain protection. A staff person came through once to clean out our firepit.

The bathroom and dish washing station were spotlessly clean.

The visitor centre sells firewood ($8) and accepts debit/credit but closes early, you can buy from where you register as well (open a bit later) but they only accept cash and while we were there they unexpectedly closed early a few times leaving us to find wood offsite.

The location is beautiful and the bit of exploring we did around the park were absolutely spectacular.
Written August 9, 2020
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The Finer Things
Moncton, Canada14 contributions
Cape Breton is truly delightful. The area is very scenic, a lovely blend of mountains and beaches. The weather obviously plays a big part in the quality of your stay. Whilst we utterly enjoyed three days of sunshine on the Ingonish side, our drive out around the Cabot trail was unfortunately spent in thick clouds on the heights, and substantially delayed by major road works (which seem to go on every year). However, we have seen the views before, when the clouds were high, and they are worth it. Bikers beware of road works, as they go on for long stretches and you must wait in line for some time. We were lucky enough to see the Perseid meteor shower at night on the Ingonish side. A magical experience. My recommandation would be to hire self-catering accommodation, as the food outlets are not exactly up to standards, in my opinion. If you are happy with pizza and burgers, you'll fare ok however. We all have different taste. Don't think you'll get a good meal at the Keltic Lodge either, cos that was a major disappointment. Check the road works before heading out anywhere.
Written August 15, 2020
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Will J
Riverview, Canada271 contributions
Couples
We spent the day in the Ingonish area up as far as Black Brook. Traffic was minimal and the roads are in great shape. There was some road construction in the vicinity of Cape Smoky, but the traffic moves quickly. We had a great day in the clean and pristine highlands. What spectacular vistas! At Black Brook beach we saw 3 seals goofing around in the waves.
Written July 16, 2020
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Lakemonger
7 contributions
Friends
The park is beautiful, clean washrooms and we participated in a smudging ceremony which was enlightening. However the park needs to understand that when they let rowdy people into park at midnight it significantly detracts from the experience. Beligerant men driving trucks towing large trailers who let their kids run wild untill two in the morning after they noisily set up? Is this the Parks Canada "Experience" they are now promoting? These so called campers dont care about how much noise they mske, how annoying bright lights are when your trying to sleep in a tent and who they disturb.
We hiked Fishing Cove the next day and should have had a good nights sleep prior to this.
There appreared to be no night watchmen, no number to call , no restriction on late night entries. Parks Canada needs to look into this.
Written August 19, 2021
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
The whole length of Cabot Trail passes through the park, alternating with residential areas where you will see signs stating you are exiting the park grounds. Then, the road continues through the park again. The entry pass purchased before Ingonish Beach is valid for the whole day, however, regardless of where you are on Cape Breton. There are lots of trails, country stores, and a few camps with eateries and souvenir shops. We felt faraway from the modern life, on top of the world, and surrounded by nature.
Written July 18, 2022
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Bev Peel
Aurora, Canada32 contributions
There is SO much to see in this National Park. Breathtaking views, beautiful and diverse hiking trails, and lovely camp grounds. Loved the lookouts along the Cabot Trail where we were able to stop and take in the views.
While we only had three days in the Park, we could have easily stayed a week and not run out of places to explore.
Written July 11, 2022
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Krista M
Halifax, Canada44 contributions
My Husband and I stayed here for 5 nights as part of our Cape Breton Adventure in August 2021. We were pleased with our time here. The campsite was clean, the washrooms always had hot water, there was a great dish washing station nearby and we found the place quiet.
We had limited internet or cell service within the park but besides that we had a comfortable stay. The beach area isn't extremely attractive. The "freshwater lake" is a small pond that has a mudded bottom and has floating seaweed that sticks to you if you try to swim around. Most of the shoreline is rocky rather than sandy in this area.
Written May 26, 2022
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Rob K
Saint John, Canada78 contributions
Solo
Stayed at a oTENTik campsite in the Chéticamp, campground.
The view was nice I had a site facing the river. Was relaxing and I slept well.
My only beef is that there was no electricity in the site, except a solar powered light and USB charger that didn't work.
I don't understand why they did not have an electric source there, as they ran power for an electric heater.
Written September 5, 2021
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robwaring067
Halifax, Canada62 contributions
Couples
This place is fantastic. We walked and hiked numerous trails and saw some brilliant sights. There are trails for every level and some great beaches. The scenery is fantastic and there are endless places to explore if you take your time.
Written September 22, 2020
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dgdssdish d
Charlottetown, Canada1,158 contributions
OK park with some good hiking trails. Facilities are decent but staff was not visible anywhere in the park except for the gentlemen at the Skyline parking area. Only park employee we saw in 3 days in the park. Views are few and far between many trees. Fall appears to be the best time to visit.
Written September 17, 2020
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