In northern Nova Scotia, on North America’s bustling Atlantic coast, lies one of the most strangely remote and beautiful areas in all the world. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, held the title in 2006 and 2007 as being voted the most beautiful part of North America. Recognized by the United Nations as a natural preserve and by the Government of Canada as a National Park, Cape Breton Highlands is truly the jewel in Atlantic Canada’s crown.
The region was given National Park status in 1936, and although the roads are well-maintained and telecommunications pass through this sprawling 950 square kilometers of pristine wilderness. Consisting of several plateaus that reach more than 500 feet above sea level before plunging to the ocean in a series of dramatic mountains, the park is filled with foliage, wildlife, lakes, rivers and fish. Camping and amenities are readily available for tourists, and more than 400 miles of hiking trails snake their way around the park.
The rock itself is part of the Apalachian Mountain chain, which stretches to the southern United States and up to Cape Breton. Ancient fossils of dinosaurs and gorges cut out of the rock by retreating glaciers are all found in the park.