Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about Cape Breton Highlands National Park


Parks Canada has resumed most visitor services and access following provincial guidelines and public health measures. All information is updated regularly.

The latest information about Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Parks Canada is working with Destination Cape Breton Association, Tourism Nova Scotia and other partners to keep visitors informed and safe.

Parks Canada is asking visitors to be cautious and conservative in their choice of activities and to stay within the bounds of personal knowledge and skill level when visiting a Parks Canada administered place.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of utmost importance to Parks Canada and the Agency is following the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts in its operations and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please check back regularly for the most recent updates.

Wearing masks: Parks Canada continues to strongly recommended masks be worn indoors, on all transit and in common places.

What’s open (starting June 16, 2021)
  • Chéticamp and Ingonish visitor reception centres
  • All campgrounds and diversified accommodations
  • All trails and day use areas
  • Select interpretation and visitor experience programs (starting June 21)
  • Le Nique nature bookstore and gift shop
  • Entrance gate kiosks
  • Cabot Trail look-offs
  • Parking lots
  • Fishing with permits
  • Washrooms and pit privies
What’s closed (continuing June 16, 2021)
  • Select interpretation and visitor experience programs
Your safety when visiting
  • Parks Canada is asking visitors to follow all travel restrictions in place in Nova Scotia.
  • Keep a healthy space of two metres between you and others.
  • Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.

Stay informed