COVID-19 and your visit to Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Changes that may affect your visit
The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. As of March 21, 2022, following direction from the Province of Nova Scotia, masks are no longer required for visitors, but wearing one in indoor public places or crowded outdoor places is strongly recommended. Parks Canada staff will continue to wear masks. Physical distancing is still recommended. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter all Nova Scotia national historic sites and Parks Canada organized events and experiences as of February 28, 2022. Parks Canada will continue to follow the advice of public health experts and guidelines outlined by the Province.
What’s open (starting May 20, 2022)
- Chéticamp and Ingonish visitor reception centres
- All campgrounds and diversified accommodations
- All trails and day use areas
- Select interpretation and visitor experience programs (starting June 21)
- Le Nique nature bookstore and gift shop
- Entrance gate kiosks
- Cabot Trail look-offs
- Parking lots
- Fishing with permits
- Washrooms and pit privies
What’s closed (continuing May 20, 2022)
- Select interpretation and visitor experience programs
Your safety when visiting
- Parks Canada is asking visitors to follow all travel restrictions in place in Nova Scotia.
- Keep a healthy space of two metres between you and others.
- Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.