Highlands National Park
8.4km Loop
Mountain, River, Woodland

Acadian Trail

The Acadian Trail gains its name from the settlers of the nearby town of Cheticamp. Settled over 300 years ago, Acadians of Cheticamp have managed to maintain their heritage and language. As a testament to this, the nearby taverns are alive with the sound of fiddle, accordion, and fishermen telling tales of their day at sea.

The Acadian Trail is a long gradual climb through a mixed forest, along a babbling brook, and finally a seemingly out of place pasture of twisted/stunted trees. The average hiker will find it to be quite a relaxing trek in the woods.

Why are the trees here stunted?
Acadian Trail is home to many moose who visit the top of the mountain and feast on the leaves. This stunts the tree’s growth much in the same way constant pruning miniaturizes a bonsai tree.

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When you reach the top you will be treated to a glorious panoramic view 365 metres above the Chéticamp River and the Atlantic Ocean. Only in Cape Breton can you be 4 kilometers into a woodland trail at the top of a mountain and hear a fog horn going off.

MapFrom the Locals
From the Locals
While traveling the Cabot trail, you will pass through a small Acadian town called Cheticamp. The Acadian trail is located next to the Visitor Centre at the entrance to the park. (The hike is located in the Highlands National Park, so you may want to pick up a map of hiking trails as you enter the Park)
Photos by: Steven Rolls (

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