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Parks Canada to ease restrictions at Cape Breton sites beginning Monday

The Cabot Trail is seen from the Skyline Trail at sunset in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Cape Breton tourism operators saw widespread declines in visitor traffic over the summer months after the record numbers set in 2017 from the year-long Canada 150 celebrations.
The Cabot Trail is seen from the Skyline Trail at sunset in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Some of the most scenic sites and settings Parks Canada governs on Cape Breton Island will be open for limited visitor access and basic services beginning Monday. CONTRIBUTED
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Some of the most scenic sites and settings Parks Canada governs on Cape Breton Island will be open for limited visitor access and basic services beginning Monday.

Access to the Fortress of Louisbourg will be limited to green spaces like the lighthouse trail, Old Town trail, Royal Battery trail and Kennelly’s day-use area.

Inside the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, all lookoffs will be open, but trail access will be limited to Franey, Fresh Water Lake, Clyburn, Broad Cove Mountain, Jack Pine and Jigging Cove. Trails at Mica Hill, Aspy, Lone Shieling, MacIntosh Brook, Benjie’s Lake, Bog, Corney Brook, Le Vieux Chemin du Cap-Rouge, Le Buttereau, Le Chemin de Buttereau, Salmon Pools and Acadian will also be open.

Day-use areas open in the highlands as of Monday will include North Bay Beach, Warren Lake Beach, Big Intervale, La Grande Falaise, La Rigouèche and Neil’s Brook and Grande Anse picnic areas.

Beaches within the Cape Breton Highlands will also open and fishing will be allowed for those with permits.

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck will allow access to a rooftop terrace, green spaces and walkways on Monday and the locks and swing bridge at St. Peter's Canal will also be in operation. Green spaces and a walking trail at the St. Peter's site will be open, as well.

Also opening will be green spaces at the Marconi and Canso Islands sites.

Limited washroom facilities will be available in select areas.

All camping facilities will remain closed until at least June 21 as Parks Canada assesses how these services might resume.

Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice and there is also a park-wide fire ban in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park until further notice.

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