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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
+1 902-224-2306
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Nice Place But a Bit Overrated

We came expecting "knock your lights out" scenery and vistas, per the hype. It's just not there... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Charlene A
Bloomington, Indiana
What a view

What a road scary and so beautiful it took us 5:30h to go around we went clockwise unfortunatly my... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bernie S
Quebec, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
+1 902-224-2306
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Reviewed yesterday

We came expecting "knock your lights out" scenery and vistas, per the hype. It's just not there unless you have never seen the Road to Hana on Maui, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Acadia National Park, etc. It is a nice place; don't get...More

Thank Charlene A
Reviewed yesterday

What a road scary and so beautiful it took us 5:30h to go around we went clockwise unfortunatly my daughter broke her ankle three weeks ago so we coudnt hike but we stopped often for pics and to take it all in.

Thank Bernie S
Reviewed 2 days ago

The park is a gem. There are beautiful vistas and great hiking trails. Unfortunately, many have not been maintained. Signage is damaged or non-existent on some trails, such as Clyburn Valley, which may confuse hikers when there are multiple options, and lead them to private...More

Thank Tebriv
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Be prepared to stare out your window... because this park is beautiful. The cliffs and hills are amazing. Tons of road construction in the park and on the Cabot Trail when we were there in July... but oh well!

Thank J1e2n3n4y
Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent many hours in the park. From the beaches at Ingonish, to the famous Skyline Trail. Many picnic and rest rooms around the trail within the park. Seeing a cow moose was great! The staff at the visitors centres are very helpful and very...More

Thank Rob_n_Amanda
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family was visiting Nova Scotia from California and wanted to see this much anticipated national park. It was nice I that this is the parks are free due to the 150th birthday of Canada! Thank you Canadian people! The park was very clean and...More

Thank cojosurfer50
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had read heaps about the beauty of this National Park before visiting, it certainly lived up to my expectations. Whilst most things I read rave about the beauty of the western side facing the Gulf of St Lawrence I enjoyed the beauty of the eastern...More

Thank travellover077
Reviewed 5 days ago

A gorgeous national park especially in conjunction with the Cabot Trail. It has been said many times before, but take your time gooing through the park and do the Sky Line Trail. There are sights in this park that you will not see anywhere else....More

Thank chunk1974
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited the park as part of our trip to the Maritimes. What a lovely park. Because of time constraints, we limited our visit to the western portion of the park. The staff at our Cheticamp motel said that most pictures of the park are from...More

Thank sancyk
Reviewed 6 days ago

I can sum it up this way- you should come visit. Breathtaking, quiet, peaceful. Now some specifics- La Bloc- Small spot a few minutes north of the Cheticamp visitor center with a rich history narrated by plaques with terrific views of the nearby cliffs. Not...More

Thank Jonathan K
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31 July 2017|
Response from H441957 | Reviewed this property |
The park itself if open 24/7 obviously. You can drive through it all year round and camp/stop in any designated camping spot whenever if you have a pass. However, to obtain a Parks Canada pass from the park itself (there are... More
7 July 2017|
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Response from Anne C | Reviewed this property |
I have not hiked this but I am just getting back from Cape Breton. By car, it takes about 2 hours to go from Cheticamp to Ingonish Highlands Golf course. We just did it. I'm sure you would be looking at a few days if there... More
Paula W
My husband and I are in the planning stages of a camping trip. We will have some time, at least a week, and would like recommendations on campgrounds. Hoping to arrive mid to late July. We are tenters, like having access to bathrooms and showers, but also like some privacy and separation between campsites, if possible. We hope to do a lot of hiking, touring, as well as historical sites and catching some music, if possible. Also, we are driving from New York City. Does it make sense to do an overland route, through New Brunswick, or take the ferry from Portland, Maine? We are SO hoping to see a moose; in all our travels out West, and in the New England states of the US, the only moose we have seen have been the images on road signs! Also, is there a first come first serve policy for sites, or are reservations always required? Thanks everyone!
21 June 2017|
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Response from Truman W | Reviewed this property |
Your most direct route is to stay on the road going through Maine and New Brunswick.. There s also a good National park (Fundy national park in NB) along the way. Yes we did see a Mother moose and calf moose right in Cap... More