Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
Enjoy the outdoors with tranquil walks around picturesque mountains, scenic beaches, and the famed landscape of the highlands at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You can go for a drive or a hike on one of many trails passing through the park, featuring ocean and mountain views from above. Observe the steep cliffs and river canyons winding through the forests near the Atlantic Ocean, with waterfalls and tundra-like plateaus also forming part of the scenery. You can also test your skills at an 18-hole golf course marked as the best public course in Canada. Wildlife in the area includes bears, birds, and whales, which can often be seen from the park’s coastal trails. Wear appropriate clothing, as the weather often gets cold and wet. Put Cape Breton Highlands National Park into our Ingonish vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ingonish.
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  • We rode the entire Cabot trail. Beautiful!!! My only suggestion would be to try and see this when the foliage is at peak color. Also, only had time to hike one trail so we did the skyline. This was a ...  read more »
  • Beautiful wooded mountainous park (by east coast standards. Great hiking trails. We did the Skyline trail (just missed seeing two moose). Skyline trail is in the north west part of the park. About mid...  read more »
  • We left Ingonish and Drove around the park counter clockwise. The Vistas of the ocean and the inland terrain is amazing, The road is an adventure in itself! 
  • Really fantastic park with lots to see and do. There are good hiking trails of various distances all over the park. The east side of the park had several beautiful beaches for swimming at. (The west side has some beaches too but they aren't as nice.) There are also amazing costal throughout the park. The highlands area has some pretty Taiga forest. This is area where it's tough for plants to survive, but it's a uniquely beautiful place. In some places the bugs can be annoying during the summer, so make sure you are prepared for that with some bug spray. But it's not everywhere in the park, and it definitely isn't bad enough to skip visiting.
  • Very worth the reasonable park fee (best to pay at the walk-in visitor center rather than getting caught in potentially long lines for drive-through payment). Dramatic scenery, great trails, amazing views. Don't miss Black Brook Beach.
  • - great viewing areas and perfect for scenic drives - waterfalls are nothing surprising and not worth the drive on unpaved roads - valleys and mountain views are amazing - you have to know the right trails to go on; pick shorter trails if you don't have the patience to walk through a lot of deep paths where all you see is green and brown - guided tours are definitely recommended (sunset skyline trail tour) - best parts are rocky shores/coastlines - camping is fun, oTentiks are an exciting experience but you should only do oTentiks if you stay in the park for at least 2 nights
  • Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! I live in Nova Scotia, but have never been in Cape Breton. We drove around the park and stayed at Ingonish beach camp ground. So many stunning views can't wait to come back!
  • The scenery does not disappoint but the roads in many places do. They will be undergoing some more major road upgrades in the near future and currently have construction in three locations, some which can have fairly lengthy delays.
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