The Cape Breton Highlands National Park (English Cape Breton Highlands National Park, French Parc national du Canada des Hautes - Terres -du- Cap- Breton ) is located in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia in the north of Cape Breton Island. The name derives from the high level Cape Breton Highlands. A section of the Cabot Trail passes through the park and impressed with spectacular views of the ocean and the surrounding mountains. The park was the first national park of Canada in the Atlantic provinces.
At the western entrance to the park, the Acadian village of Chéticamp is located on the St. Lawrence Gulf. In the village there is also the information center. To the east of the village of Ingonish lies with its white sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. In between you will find mountains, valleys, forests, waterfalls, cliffs and a tundra -like highlands.
Fauna and Flora
The wildlife of the National Park boasts moose, black bears and bald eagles. But even whales and gannets can be observed from the hiking trails on the coast. The forests of the parks also offer home for the Bicknelldrossel.
The park is dominated by the boreal forests that cover the plateau. But especially in the fall, stand out the many deciduous trees when the Indian summer dawns.
There are a variety of activities in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park possible. Besides walking (25 trails), camping, swimming and fishing, can be operated since 2009, geocaching. In the Highlands Links Golf Course Golfers will find their field of activity.
Events in the Park
On 27 October 2009 the 19 -year-old Canadian singer Taylor Mitchell was attacked in the park on a hike on the Skyline Trail of coyotes and fatally injured.