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Nova Scotia

Hiking Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Hike the great trails of Cape Breton and learn the region’s story as you discover ancient geology, picturesque villages, unique wildlife and historic national parks.
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Program No. 21494RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,699
Nova Scotia

Hiking Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Hike the great trails of Cape Breton and learn the region’s story as you discover ancient geology, picturesque villages, unique wildlife and historic national parks.
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,699
Length
9 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,699
Program No. 21494RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Aug 6 - Aug 14, 2022
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2,699
Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2022
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2,699
Jun 17 - Jun 25, 2023
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3,399
Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2023
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Aug 5 - Aug 13, 2023
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Sep 2 - Sep 10, 2023
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Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 6 - Aug 14, 2022
Starting at
3,349
Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
3,349
Jun 17 - Jun 25, 2023
Starting at
4,139
Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2023
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4,139
Aug 5 - Aug 13, 2023
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4,139
Sep 2 - Sep 10, 2023
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4,139
Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2023
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4,139

At a Glance

Explore Cape Breton while hiking some of the most memorable landscapes in the Maritimes. Low mountains, verdant valleys, wind-raked barrens and varied seacoast expose an ancient geological saga, transforming a simple hike into an outdoor lesson in the history of our planet. Experience small-town charm, coastal vistas and the natural beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands and world-famous Cabot Trail. Go on daily hikes in a breathtaking Atlantic setting rich in wildlife like whales, moose and eagles. Learn about coastal ecology and the cultures that shaped the province, from the Mi’kmaq and Basque fishermen to Loyalists and Gaelic immigrants.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 2-5 miles for 2-4 hours daily over varied terrain, including rock-strewn hills, river canyons, highland taiga, steep inclines, boardwalks, and dirt trails. Elevation change varies from 50-500 feet, with max elevation of 1,350 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail and watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the Skyline Trail.
  • Hike the Salmon Pools Trail along the Cheticamp River into a gorge with deep salmon pools where black bears are sometimes spotted.
  • Learn about Cape Breton Island’s first inhabitants — the Mi’kmaq people - and the settlers that followed from England, France, Ireland and Scotland.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices will be unavailable.
Featured Expert
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Paul Hanna
Paul is a retired Cape Breton University professor who served on the Board of Directors of CHIRE International Committee. He was also a member of Nova Scotia and Canada’s Human Resource boards for over 30 years. Paul volunteers with many organizations including the World Junior Hockey Championships. He is an avid hockey fan and coach, and his team won the Canadian Championship in 1978. With a love for travel and meeting new people, Paul can’t wait to share his knowledge with you in Nova Scotia!

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paul is a retired Cape Breton University professor who served on the Board of Directors of CHIRE International Committee. He was also a member of Nova Scotia and Canada’s Human Resource boards for over 30 years. Paul volunteers with many organizations including the World Junior Hockey Championships. He is an avid hockey fan and coach, and his team won the Canadian Championship in 1978. With a love for travel and meeting new people, Paul can’t wait to share his knowledge with you in Nova Scotia!
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Linda Lavoie was born and raised in Prince Edward Islands and graduated with a master’s in modern languages. She worked for the federal government in Halifax and Ottawa for 33 years before returning to PEI. In these years she taught project management at University and has tutored adults and children in English and French. In her spare time, Linda loves to keep active biking and hiking. After retiring in 2013, she began working in the travel industry for Parks Canada and other organizations.
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Bradt Guide Nova Scotia
by David Orkin
A comprehensive guide in the growing series by Bradt, noteworthy for its focus on culture, nature and responsible travel, with plenty of practical travel details.
My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries and Preoccupations
by Howard Norman
For his National Geographic Directions book, Howard Norman returned to Nova Scotia over a period of 30 years to interview local legends and research the folklore of the area. Norman writes with an impressionistic intimacy to create a portrait of an enchanting place and its people.
Fall on your Knees
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
A best-selling epic following the lives of a Lebanese-Canadian family from Cape Breton Island throughout the first half of the 20th century; also set in WWI-era Europe and 1920s NYC.
The Grey Seas Under
by Farley Mowat
Mowat captures the drama and courage of the men of the famous Foundation Franklin, an ocean-going tug involved in dozens of rescues at sea between 1930 and 1948.
The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History
by Harry Thurston
Thurston illuminates the geology, plant and animal life and nature of the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras in this illustrated, engaging survey.
The Ice Bridge
by D. R. Macdonald
MacDonald sets this lyrical romance on a on isolated Cape Breton island in the 1990
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
by Jon Dunn
This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die, Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
by Chris Santella
Santella (Once in a Lifetime Trips) includes insider tips, color illustrations and concise descriptions of 50 hikes from the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan to the Amalfi Coast.
Atlantic
by Simon Winchester
The subtitle tells it all -- Winchester squeezes "Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories" into the covers of this latest entertaining and digressive tale.
Island, The Complete Stories
by Alistair MacLeod
Raised in Cape Breton, Alistair MacLeod writes of family, the pull of old Gaelic traditions, love and the landscape and folkways of Nova Scotia in this collection of 16 stories. Winner of the Pen/Malamud Award.
Four Fish
by Paul Greenberg
New York Times journalist Paul Greenberg interviewed producers, fisherman and conservationists from across the globe for this eyewitness report on the past and future of wild fish, offering sensible alternatives to our current unsustainable interest in eating mostly sea bass, cod, salmon and tuna.
Cape Breton Road
by D.R. MacDonald
A young car thief from Boston is sent to live with his uncle on Cape Breton Island.
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
by Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.





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