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“Mooses aren't just on Skyline”

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Ingonish
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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. ;)

Thank Siulaia
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We spent a day driving through this park and would have happily spent more time. We started from Ingonish on the east side of the park. We stopped at various view points and beach walks. Spectacular ocean views. There are also two dirt roads that go up to waterfalls. Both are on the Park map that you get at the entrance, and both are just fabulous. The 350 year old hardwood forest at stop 10 or 11 is amazing - mostly maple. We were not up for hiking, but it looked like there were some very nice hikes. we were there in July, but fall is supposed to be really lovely too.

Thank drala108
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

You Canadians sure know how to respect wilderness areas, and yet make part of htem accessible to all. Kudos to you for explaining the habitat and environment so clearly on your road signs, and for committing to making 12% of your lands wilderness areas. I salute you!

Thank Charles M
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

This Park offers much natural beauty in terms of the mariage between the mountains and the sea and the resulting vistas which take your breath away. What is also impressive is the possibility of seeing wildlife. Definitely a bird watcher's paradise and also a great place to see moose who often cross the highway without forgetting the whale, seal and puffin watching excursions. The Park offers a great variety of hiking trails and for those who are able to exert a bit more physical effort, you will be rewarded with awesome vantage points to admire the surrounding scenery.

Definitely one of Canada's most beautiful national parks!

1  Thank Josee_Jake
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Beautiful coastal trail. Instead of doing the whole route, we opted to follow the Ranger's advise and did the East coast one day and the West coast the next. Ranger told us not much to see inland. Very time-consuming drive but worth it.

Thank Robin22
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