21494
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.
Program No. 21494RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,899
Getting There
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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
Moderately Challenging
Hiking up to six hours daily on varied terrain.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 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 3 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 are not available.
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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!
James White
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