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
9 days
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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
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 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 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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