Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Posted at 10:22 am on November 6, 2017

Over the next 2 weeks, you may notice an increased military presence throughout Cape Breton Island. That’s because approximately 500 personnel from the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force will participate in Exercise NIHILO SAPPER.
Participants will complete community driven infrastructure upgrade projects, trail construction and remediation projects, and two bridge construction projects. One of the training exercises takes place in the Cape Breton Highlands national park, where military engineers will need to build a bridge on the Warren Lake Trail in collaboration with Parks Canada.
The exercise provides hands-on technical training to regular and reserve force military engineers serving in Atlantic Canada and ensures they are ready to deploy on Canadian Armed Forces operations on short notice

Posted at 6:49 am on October 18, 2017

Parks Canada is looking for an artist to live and work 4 to 6 weeks in Cape Breton Highlands National Park this fall.  In collaboration with the Cape Breton Centre

Warren Lake at Cape Breton Highlands National Park (from the Parks Canada web site)

for Craft and Design, the federal agency is bringing an artist in residence program to the National Park.   It’s an opportunity to develop new projects or to work on existing ones within quiet, natural surroundings.  The artist will also share their work and the artistic process with local residents and visitors to the park.

It is open to Canadian and international professional artists working in any medium with an established exhibition history.  The artist selected will live and work in a three bedroom house in Ingonish during the residency.
Artists interested in the position can find more details by following this link:

Posted at 6:43 am on October 11, 2017

Parks Canada officials are pleased with efforts to restore the boreal forest to part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  It includes planting more than 57,000 seedlings along the Skyline Trail.  Parks Canada calls its initiative Bring Back the Boreal Project.  Derek Quann, the project leader, says parts of the park have faced particular challenges in recent decades.
Part of the project includes protective fencing around the seedlings, and monitoring to determine which trees and planting methods result in the best tree growth.  A video highlighting the work so far has been produced. It can be found on YouTube and the Bring Back the Boreal project web site.  A link to the web site can be found here:

Posted at 12:56 pm on July 14, 2017

A Port Hood contractor has won a tender in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  The $1.15 million contract  to Zutphen Contractors Incorporated is for stabilization of rock cuts along North Mountain.  It is the third of a multi-phase project by Parks Canada to stabilize rock slopes along the Cabot Trail.
Zutphen Contractors will be operating under a tight time line.   Parks Canada says work must be completed by August 11th.

Posted at 10:37 am on January 24, 2017

A drive around the Cape Breton Highlands will show what 42.5 million dollars of work will do in one year. That’s how much was invested in infrastructure alone, meaning fixes to roads, bridges, culverts and shoulders.

Kelly Deveaux, Visitor Experience Manager for Cape Breton Highlands National Park says there are 12 projects for the parks in 2017 totalling 66 million dollars. Deveaux expects a busy year with the combination of  roadwork and Canada 150 celebrations.

Many events are being planned for the National Parks to help celebrate the anniversary.


Deveaux encourages people to get their free National Parks Pass. Not only will it help keep track of numbers, but it will reduce wait times during the construction season.