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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Address: Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
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+1 902-224-2306
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00
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Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton...

Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands with its abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history dating back to the last Ice Age.

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Having been to 25 of Canada's national parks, it can be hard to choose when someone asks "Which is best?" but the answer will always include some musing over Cape Breton Highlands... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been to 25 of Canada's national parks, it can be hard to choose when someone asks "Which is best?" but the answer will always include some musing over Cape Breton Highlands National Park (the others in contention would be Forillon, Gros Morne or Waterton, in case anyone is interested, although they are all good). The park has essentially two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Cape Breton in late September, and it was perfect. I will definitely be back to do more hiking.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here late October on a cruise ship excursion. It was great having a local tour guide who provided us a comprehensive information about the Park and specific features. The fall foliage was fantastic, but a bit past peak.

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Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The kids maybe didn't appreciate it as much as we did but this was wonderful. The drive was an adventure in itself with its many hills and close proximity to the side of the cliffs. The stop points are beautiful and had education information. There was one with a whale display and presenter that was interesting. The kids got a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous fabulous fabulous. The colours were out of this world the scenery was superb. A must Trail everyone should experience

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Once you visit, you understand the comparisons to the Scottish Highlands. Combination of jaw-dropping cliffs, pristine beaches and mountains pushing up from the sea. Since this park remains somewhat unknown, it's quiet and peaceful. Especially when you get off the beaten path a bit. There are a few testy hikes, but for the most part the hiking is all of... More 

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Tatamagouche, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The last time I had visited the Park was in 1976 before transferring with CN to Ontario. We started on the Cheticamp end and while there WAS construction happening, we used the slower speed to actually take the time to look around. The look-off locations are plentiful and the views are spectacular! The fall colours, although not at their peak... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The park is large and diverse. We hiked several trails and lakes. We were given a nice map on entrance and used it as well as a guide book to select our trails. We are retirement age and found trails that were quite interesting but not too difficult or dangerous for our ability. Just to drive around the outer park... More 

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North Oxford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This is one of the most beautiful drives I've done! The cliffside views are gorgeous, as are the highlands. Definitely spend a day driving slowly and stopping at all the scenic pullouts - you won't regret it!

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Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Warren Lake - great trail and connecting with nature; White Point - crashing waves and boats; drizzle and a rainbow!

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