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Discover the Beauty of Nova Scotia Camping at Cape Breton Highlands National Park!
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located on the northern Cape Breton Island in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Covering 590 square miles of land, the park contains beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, mountains, forests, valleys, rocky coastlines, waterfalls and a tundra-like plateau known as the Cape Breton Highlands. The eastern side of the park also has an 18-hole golf course which Golf Magazine ranked among the world’s top 100 golf courses. A diverse range of animals call the park home, including moose, coyotes, bald eagles and black bears. Whales and Northern Gannets can be seen off the coast of the park, including off the Skyline Trail, one of the park’s most popular coastal trails. With so much to see and do, Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers many wonderful Nova Scotia camping opportunities!
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park is open year round. Summer weather is pleasant and mile with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s. Days tend to be warm and sunny, although it does rain an average of 9 days out of each summer month. Early spring is still pretty cold, although temperatures are pleasant by May. Fall is also mild, and by November, temperatures drop to the low 40’s with many days below freezing. Winter is cold and dark, with temperatures frequently below freezing, getting as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the wettest month of the year. Daily fees are required for any activities in the park, including just stopping to admire the view. It costs US$6.20 for adults, $5.30 for seniors, $3.10 for children and $15 for a family.
There are many terrific ways to view the park, including hiking trails, scenic routes, and biking routes. The park’s diverse landscape offers beautiful and diverse forests, rugged coastlines, valleys, mountains and the amazingly beautiful tundra-like plateau named Cape Breton Highlands. The Skyline Trail is a beautiful 4 mile loop hiking trail that is best known for its amazing scenic views. The first half of the trail is wheel chair accessible and the second half is an easy hike through meadows and over stony ground. Hikers are likely to encounter a range of wildlife while on the trail including moose. Whales can often be spotted off the shore. Another wonderful attraction of the park is the Highland Links. This world renowned 18-hole golf course is so beautiful that it’s more than worth walking even if you left your clubs at home. This diverse park really is an excellent Nova Scotia camping destination!
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