Cape Breton Highlands NP

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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VISIT Cape Breton Highlands National Park:

Park Details

Cape Breton Highlands National Park was established in 1936, and has a total area of 234,240 acres (366 square miles, or 948 square kilometers).

Address 37639 Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, NS, B0C
Phone902-224-2306
HoursOperating season is from May to October, with full services in July and August. The Cabot Trail is open year-round.
Entrance FeeFree to $9, depending on age
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park are July, June, August & September.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visitsdata unavailable
Precipitation12411511210386888596104130130143
Avg Temp292834455766737366544435
Max Temp454251617381848479695949
Avg Temp151421314048565751433425
Min Temp-5-72202937474840322311
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Cape Breton Highlands National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Cape Breton Highlands National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
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Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

NameDistance
Prince Edward Island National Park188 km
Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada313 km
Kouchibouguac National Park327 km
Fundy National Park352 km
Forillon National Park366 km
Gros Morne National Park395 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Cape Breton Highlands National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Cape SmokeyIngonish Beach, NS1,050 ft44%21 km
Ben EoinBen Eoin, NS505 ft34%85 km

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Cape Breton Highlands National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Halifax / Stanfield International AirportYHZHalifax, NS300 km
St. John's International AirportYYTSt. John's, NL606 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Sydney / J.A. Douglas McCurdy AirportYQYSydney, NS78 km
Îles-de-la-Madeleine AirportYGRÎles-de-la-Madeleine, QC115 km
Charlottetown AirportYYGCharlottetown, PE194 km
Stephenville AirportYJTStephenville, NL258 km
Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International AirportYQMMoncton, NB314 km
Miramichi AirportYCHMiramichi, NB365 km
Gaspé (Michel-Pouliot) AirportYGPGaspé, QC365 km

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.