Broad Cove Campground

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

202 sites; 182 reservable

  • oTENTik: 6 sites (1 accessible, and 1 with beach view)
  • 3-way service, with fireplace: 47 sites
  • 3-way service, without fireplace: 34 sites
  • Accessible 3-way site with fireplace: 2 sites
  • Unserviced with fireplace: 60 sites
  • Unserviced without fireplace: 51 sites
  • Accessible unserviced site without fireplace: 2 sites

Operating season: May 19 to October 22, 2023

Broad Cove Campground is your ideal beach getaway, close to the village of Ingonish and situated in a forest framed on one side by a long, sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning ocean setting, combined with world-class hiking trails and an extensive menu of evening activities, will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Wooded and open sections. Showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters with wood stoves, fire places, playground, geocaching, outdoor theatre, interpretive programs and ocean swimming. Hiking trails, lake swimming and waterfalls nearby.

During the shoulder season you can pay by self-registration or at the visitor centre.

Services and facilities

Camping Camping
Accessible Campsites Wheelchair accessible
Washroom Flush toilets
Shower Shower facilities
Kitchen Shelter Picnic shelter
Campfire / Woodstove Fire pits
Outdoor Theatre Outdoor theatre
Interpretation Program Interpretive programs
Swimming Swimming (ocean)
Hiking Hiking
Playground Playground
Kiosk Kiosk

Campground map

Map: Broad Cove campground

Campground location

35479 Cabot Trail,
Ingonish, Nova Scotia

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 46.71009091500
Longitude: -60.36557897410

Additional information

  • About Broad Cove Campground
    Operating season (nights):
    • May 19 to October 22, 2023
    Reservable period (nights):
    • May 19 to October 22, 2023
    Kiosk hours:
    • June 19 to September 7: 9 am to 9 pm
    • In the spring and fall, register at the visitor centre before 5 pm
    After hours registration:
    • See campground security personnel at kiosk.
    Check in time:
    • Any time after 2 pm
    • Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become vacant.
    Check out time:
    • Before 11 am
    Quiet hours:
    • 11 pm to 7 am
    Maximum length of stay:
    • Unlimited
    Maximum persons per site:
    • Six people (exceptions possible for two adults with their dependent children up to a maximum of seven people).
    • Equipped camping: a six-person tent (recommended for up to four adults, or two adults and up to four children)
    Maximum vehicles per site:
    • One vehicle or two motorcycles
    • Exceptions for RVs towing a vehicle
    • Another option is to park a second vehicle in designated area
    Maximum camping units per site:
    • One camping unit (two small tents by exception only — site must be able to accommodate)
    Cooking / food preparation:
    • Cooking is not permitted in the oTENTiks or in the equipped camping tents
    Generator policy:
    • No generator use between 9 pm and 8 am
    Amerpage of electrical service:
    • 3-way: electricity (20, 30 & 50 amps), water and sewer
    • No electricity in the oTENTiks or on the equipped camping sites. Electricity is available in some shelters, washrooms and activity buildings
    Fire policy:
    • Campfires are only permitted in provided fireplaces
    • Do not leave fires unattended
    • Firewood is for sale at campground kiosks and visitor centres
    • Do not move firewood from one region to another. Buy and burn local firewood only to help control the spread of invasive species (i.e. brown spruce longhorn beetle).
    Alcohol/cannabis policy:
    • Alcoholic beverages and non-medical cannabis must remain on registered campsite
    • No smoking within 20 m of playground. Site 22 is smoke-free.
    Pet policy:
    • Pets must be kept on a leash. Please pick up their droppings.
    • Pets are not allowed in equipped campsite tents or oTENTiks
    Important notices:
    • 15% discount on seven nights or more
    • 48% off seasonal entry pass until June 30 – call the park directly
  • Fees

    For information regarding camping fees for Cape Breton Highlands National Park please see our Fees page.

  • If there is no vacancy

    Usually there is room in spring and fall. In the months of July and August, Broad Cove, Chéticamp and Ingonish Beach campgrounds can sometimes fill to capacity. Serviced sites may fill; however, there are usually unserviced areas available.

  • Require even more information?

    Reservation service:

    General park information:

    For information on backcountry or group camping:

    • 902-224-2306
  • Terms and definitions
    Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
    Operating Season (Nights)
    The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
    Reservable Period (Nights)
    The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
    The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
    Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
    Camping Unit
    Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
    Serviced Site

    Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

    The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

    Drive-through Site
    Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
    Walk-in Site
    Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
    Overflow Site
    Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
    Accessible Site
    A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.

    A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

    In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

    Fire permit
    In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    First-come, First-served Site
    Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
    Shoulder Season
    Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
    Entrance Pass
    A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
    Daily Entrance Pass
    A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
    Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
    An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
    Parks Canada Discovery Pass
    The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.

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