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Cape Breton Highlands N.P.
Travel Planning
Cape Breton Highlands N.P.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park at a Glance

Cape Breton Highlands National Park protects a landscape of dramatic headlands, dense old growth forest and rugged coastal scenery. Visit here for world-class scenery, outdoor activities and a taste of the area's history and culture. 

The Cabot Trail is Cape Breton's world-famous scenic highway. As you drive the highway, you'll find scenic pull-outs, trail head access and more. For those who enjoy scenic drives, this loop awes and inspires with its views.

For those who want to stop and see the landscape in more detail, there are dozens of trails, beaches and vistas to explore. Leave your dog at home so as not to stir up moose or bears and then take day-hikes through deep forests, along rock strewn highlands and down across sandy beaches. You'll find swimming beaches, waterfalls and maybe even a few wild blueberries to round out your lunch. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Halifax Stanfield International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Snow storms, hurricanes and weather off the Atlantic can strike Cape Breton. Use caution in the event of a weather alert. Snow can make driving difficult.

      Safety Concerns Stay safe in Cape Breton by observing common safety precautions. Avoid leaving valuables in your car. Keep cash, phones, passports and electronics out of sight. Check tide tables and plan ahead to avoid being surprised or stranded while you enjoy the ocean. 

      Health Concerns Nova Scotia has clean public drinking water and good public health. Stay healthy by washing your hands and staying well rested. In back country areas purify your water and be aware of local hazards.