The minute we got home from our whirl-wind East Coast Adventure I got to work on my thesis and I didn’t get a chance to recap our trip on the blog. Today I’m here to fix that by talking about a small part of our trip to Atlantic Canada – Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.
During our trip to Atlantic Canada we spent 2 nights camping in the Cape Breton Highlands on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Due to the logistics of our trip we ended up staying on the Ingonish side of Cape Breton and mostly kept to the surrounding area. Getting there was really spectacular – the Cabot Trail is gorgeous – and if you have time I would recommend driving the whole thing.
Where to Stay
We camped at Broad Cove Campground inside the park, it has private campsites with lots of amenities (cooking shelters, dishwashing facilities, etc.) and was located near many of the hiking trails we wanted to check out. There was also a beach a short walk from our campsite that was fairly private and so beautiful.
If camping isn’t your thing there are lots of other accommodation options inside the park as well as just outside the park in Ingonish (think: cabin rentals, hotel/motels).
Where to Eat
We cooked most of our meals at the campground but it’s worth it to note that the town of Ingonish has lots of amenities – a liquor store, convenience store, Home Hardware, and a bakery. We also found the Bean Barn Cafe, where we spent a rainy afternoon sipping a cup of coffee and sharing a cinnamon bun.
What to Do
Our main missions in the Cape Breton Highlands were to drive the Cabot Trail and to do some hiking. We checked off the Cabot Trail on our way in (and out) and spent much of our time there hiking! The one full day we spent there was very rainy but we had to make the most of it so we hiked Middle Head as well as the Broad Cove Mountain Trails. They were both really close to our campground, well maintained, and offered really great views.
If hiking isn’t your only mission they also have beaches, golf, shopping, and boat tours in the area.
We had a wonderful time in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and only wish we had more time to spend there and some better weather! If we’re ever so lucky to go back we would really like to see the other side of the park, stay or visit the Keltic Lodge (also where the Middle Head trailhead is), and hike the Coastal and Skyline trails.
Let’s chat – Have you ever visited Cape Breton Highlands National Park? Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the area!