Monday, September 15, 2014
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Magnificent scenery with steep cliffs dropping down to the ocean greets visitors traveling up the western coast of Cape Breton. Scenic overlooks and trails are accessed from the highway, the only road through the park which is a protected wilderness area.
The scenic overlooks are accessible but most of the trails are not. The Bog Trail, a short boardwalk trail, is accessible. Freshwater Lake Trail at Ingonish Beach should be accessible but we found an erosion control board across the path entryway making it impossible for scooters or electric wheelchairs to access. The first section of the trail is scenic but as it loops around it becomes just a path along the road.
We stayed at Broad Cove Campground. The accessible sites are close to the restrooms but otherwise they are the same as the rest of the sites. Hard packed dirt and short grass makes pushing around fairly easy.
The parking lot at the visitor center on the western entrance of the park is large enough for RVs. Most of the overlook parking areas are large enough for RVs but most trail head parking lots are small. Broad Cove Campground has sites where large RVs will fit. Park