The best camping near Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Accolade Retreat

10 sites · RVs, Tents24 acres · Chéticamp, NS
Discover a 24-acre haven for off-grid camping in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, nestled at the foothills of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and conveniently situated across from the Gypsum Mine. This scenic property features an artisan well providing potable water, strategically located in the expansive 24-acre cleared field at the rear. During the summer months, we operate a hostel on-site, offering access to washroom and shower facilities as needed. This space is ideally suited for off-grid camping enthusiasts who share a like-minded appreciation for nature. Please note that visitors are responsible for their own waste disposal arrangements. If you find this area intriguing, feel free to reach out to Kevin at 902-292-1530 via call or text for more information.
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Smokey View

1 site · RV1 acre · Sydney, NS
At the other side of the harbour is Ingonish Ferry. At one time the road around the harbour did not exist. People, horses and goods came across the bar by means of a ferry. There were many wharves with wooden ships tied up. The long white building on the corner used to be on the bar. A walk along the bar will award you with a view of the Keltic Lodge. Continue straight at the corner and you will find a trail that will take you to Ingonish beach.
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Black Rock Stables

2 sites · Tents10 acres · Black Rock, NS
If you enjoy beautiful views of lakes/ocean and mountains, gorgeous sunsets, stargazing, the sound of the waves and bell buoys then Black Rock Stables campsite is the place for you to pitch your tent. Located at the end of the farm on a cliff (6’ wire fence) overlooking the beautiful Brasd’Or lakes.
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The Country

10 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Baddeck, NS
Spacious, serine, and close to all amenities! Clean Beaches nearby, we are close to lobster and crab docks, and on the Cabot Trail. In the area you will enjoy hiking trails, lots of hiking, mountain biking, 4 wheeler trails and fishing. The co-op is a short distance away. On site there is a controlled fire pit and bbq. No potable water. We are Close to Cheticamp and there are many interesting things around to see and do!
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Cape Breton Glamping, The Pioneer

1 site · Lodging4 acres · Pleasant Bay, NS
Learn more about this land:The perfect spot for glampers looking to get back to nature with an added touch of 21st-century amenities. About the PropertyThe tent is in a private wooded location, with distant views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property is situated only minutes away from several trailheads and borders the Cape Breton Highlands National park. It is very close to Skyline, Fishing Cove and Benjies lake and many others outside the park including Polletts cove and Roberts Mt. It is also only minutes away from several beaches, amazing whale watching tours, and great restaurants.About the Listing You will have a peaceful sleep on a full-size comfortable mattress with the sound of nature all around you. The Pioneer features a private outdoor shower and porta potty. All towels and toiletries are provided. A BBQ, utensils, and cookware are provided. Wifi available. Please note Pets are not permitted.Looking forward to having you!
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Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins

6 sites · Lodging55 acres · Baddeck, NS
Sally’s Brook is located in Unama’ki, within the unceded ancestral territory of the Mikmaq people. Sally’s Brook is an Eco-friendly property in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. We have three wilderness cabins available for rent year-round, and two Lotus Belle glamping tents un the warmer weather. We opened in fall 2020 and are excited to be in operation for many years ahead.
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The best camping near Cape Breton Highlands National Park guide

Overview

About

Old-growth boreal forest and steep river canyons dominate the landscape of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park, an elevated plateau bordered by the sea on two sides. Famous for its hiking trails, the park is also a popular road trip destination thanks to the scenic Cabot Trail highway, which runs along the coastline and across the highlands of Cape Breton Island. You can practically hear the bagpipe music echoing across the wilderness; top that off with a handful of sandy beaches, plenty of wildlife (think lynx, moose, and bald eagles), and a robust selection of campgrounds, and you’ve got the ideal Maritime getaway.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: Ingonish Beach Campground
  • Best for exploring town: Chéticamp Campground
  • Best for backcountry enthusiasts: Fishing Cove Campground

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The Parks Canada online reservation service typically opens in late January for summer bookings. Try to reserve as far in advance as possible if you want to snag a backcountry spot at Fishing Cove, or one of the coveted oTENTiks shelters at Chéticamp, Ingonish Beach, and Broad Cove.
  2. If you don’t have your own tent and can’t book an oTENTik, check out the equipped camping options at Chéticamp and Ingonish Beach—this reservation type includes all the gear you need to camp and cook.
  3. Several of the park’s more rugged campgrounds (Corney Brook, MacIntosh Brook, and Big Intervale), don’t offer online reservations and are a good bet if you’re planning a last-minute stay.

When to go

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is open year-round, though hiking is best between May and November, when winter snows have fully melted. Summer is the most popular time to visit the park’s beaches, with ocean temperatures warming up in July and cooling in September. Visit during autumn to avoid pesky flies and catch Cape Breton’s annual Celtic Colors music festival. Many park facilities are closed during winter, but trails remain open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Know before you go

  • You can enter the park on the western side via the Chéticamp visitor center, or on the east side via the Ingonish Beach visitor center. Due to the park’s size, it’s a good idea to plan out your preferred park entrance and campsites in advance to avoid extra hours of driving. 
  • Some campgrounds—including Corney Brooke, Big Intervale, and Fishing Cove—don’t offer potable water hookups onsite. Be sure to bring your own water or filter if you’re planning to stay at one of these more rugged spots.
  • You can find wifi hotspots within the Broad Cove, Cheticamp and Ingonish Beach campgrounds. 
  • The park’s Chéticamp and Broad Cove campgrounds include wheelchair-accessible oTENTiks and tent sites, along with accessible restrooms and showers.

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