Things to Do in Cheticamp

Top Things to Do in Cheticamp

Credit: Captain Zodiac Whale Cruise

Located on the Cabot Trail, Cheticamp is an Acadian fishing village. Along with its neighbour Saint-Joseph-du-Moine, they make up the largest Francophone enclave on Cape Breton Island. The downtown area overlooks the harbour and has views of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and Cheticamp Island. Petit Etang and Pleasant Bay are just a short drive from Cheticamp for more fun activities.

Here is a list of things to do when are visiting Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island.


How to get to Cheticamp

Cheticamp is approximately 164.4km from Sydney on the NS-105 W and Cabot Trail. From Halifax, it is 397.2km on the NS-104 E.

I. Outdoor Adventures & Activities

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is one of Canada’s most enchanting places because it is where the mountains meet the sea. The Park is open year round, but full visitor services are only available from mid May to mid October.

Le Portage Golf Club

On one side of the course is the Golf of St. Lawrence and the other is the Cheticamp Mountain range and the Cape Breton Highlands. The 18-hole course, designed by Robert and David Moote, was created to be challenging for all levels of players.

May to October

15580 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Hiking Trails/Lookout Points


Acadian Trail

Climb 365 metres above the Cheticamp River for a panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail is an 8.5km loop, and takes around 3 to 4 hours to hike through the forest.

16 Visitor Centre Road, Cheticamp

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Bog Trail

To protect the bog, the boardwalk keeps your feet dry as you walk in the highland plateau bog. The 0.5 km looped trail has signs explaining the life in the bog and the immediate area around the bog.

May to October

20675 Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Salmon Pool Trail

This trail follows along the Cheticamp River with cliffs almost 400 metres high. In the deeper pools, you can spot Atlantic salmon. Mountain bikes are permitted, but there are rough areas. Barn owls can be heard and even seen at dusk.

116648 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

II. Guide Tours

Captain Zodiac Whale Cruise


Captain Zodiac entertains customers from May until mid-October while looking for Finback Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales and Dolphins. They also offer coastal snorkelling if cruising for whales is not your choice.

June to October

15283 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp
Ph: 1-877-232-2522

Love Boats Seaside Whale & Nature Cruises

Head on board of one of the Love Boats for two hours of sailing along the coastline of Cape Breton Highlands. Along the way, you may be able to spot whales, seals, seabirds, eagles, and other wildlife.

June to October

15273 Cabot Trail Road, Cheticamp.
Ph: 1-877-880-2899

Robert Chiasson – Atlantic Salmon Flyfishing Guide

Go Atlantic Salmon fly fishing with well-known fishing guide, Robert Chiasson, on the Margaree River, Cheticamp River and other Cape Breton rivers along the Cabot Trail. They offer half-day and full-day rates, and all equipment is supplied.

June to October

Ph: 902-224-0499

A Great Day Fishing

Join fly fishing guides Jimmie Pedersen and Jim Logan on the Cheticamp River, Middle River or Margaree River to learn how to fly fish and how to fish for Atlantic Salmon anywhere. They provide rods, reels, flies, and waders if you need them.

299 Bourgeois Road, Petis Etang
Ph: 902-224-5957

III. Museums, Galleries, and Other Indoor Attractions

Centre De La Mi-Careme

Mi-Careme or Mid-Lent is an Acadian celebration involving masks and disguises that is still celebrated today. The Centre offers a unique display of locally crafted masks and explores the history of this tradition. They also offer mask making and rug hooking workshops.

June to October

51 Old Cabot Trail, Grand Etang

Place des arts Père-Anselme-Chiasson- Cheticamp

Enjoy concerts and live theatre by local and touring artists at this 363 seat theater.

15118 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Cheticamp Farmers’ Market

Open on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm from late June to October, the Cheticamp Farmers’ Marker delights visitors with a range of fresh fruits and vegetables, rolls and cakes, and local crafts.

June to Late October

15118 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Les Trois Pignons: Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life

The Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life explores what Acadian life was like and the evolution of hooked rugs. The gallery features traditional antiques and contemporary hooked rugs created by local craftspeople as well as masterpieces by world renowned wool artist Elizabeth LeFort.

May to October

15584 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Proud To Be Hookers


Credit: Proud To Be Hookers

Proud To Be Hookers is the place to visit if you are looking to take a unique handmade hooked rug home with you. They are happy to demonstrate their rug hooking abilities.

May to October

10 La Prairie Rd, Petit-Etang

Sunset Art Gallery

Acadian artists William Roach is known for his wonderful, whimsical carvings and paintings. The Sunset Art Galley also has works by other Cape Breton artists. Stop by the Frog Pond Cafe for a coffee, espresso or another warm drink. Details

May to October

15856 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp. Ph: (902) 224-1831

IV. Annual Festivals

La Mi-Careme


Credit: La Mi-Careme

La mi-Careme Festival is one week that takes place during mid-Lent every year. Disguise yourself or see what others are dressed up as. Traditional Acadian Kitchen Parties will be taking place throughout the festival.

Mid Lent (as early as the 26th of February and as late as April 1st.)

51 Old Cabot Trail


An island wide celebration of all things musical, from fiddles and bagpipes to concerts and ceilidhs, Enjoy music, food, stories, and more during this festival held during early summer across Cape breton island. Details

Late June/Early July

Across Cape Breton

Celtic Colours International Festival

Every October, Cape Breton celebrates the living Celtic culture of the area. The nine-day event has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere musical events. Surrounding communities also host events during the Celtic Colours International Festival.

around Thanksgiving in October

Across Cape Breton

V. Culinary Experiences/Restaurants

Frog Pond Cafe


Enjoy a specialty coffee and delicious pastries on the patio of the Frog Pond Cafe. Head inside to try their sour dough breads, Montreal Style bagels and other tasty treats.

15856 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Harbour Restaurant & Bar

Right on Cheticamp’s boardwalk is the lovely Harbour Restaurant & Bar. Serving up fresh seafood, pasta, and homemade desserts, it is no wonder they are members of Taste of Nova Scotia and RANS. Enjoy your meal in the restaurant or take in with you.

15299 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Mr. Chicken and Ice Cream Bar

If you are looking for good chicken, head to Mr. Chicken. They have their own recipe that you can enjoy at the picnic tables overlooking Cheticamp Harbour. Be sure to have an ice cream for dessert.

15546 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Le Gabriel Restaurant

Le Gabriel Restaurant is known for their seafood chowder, as well as their lobster and crab dinners. They are also known for serving traditional Acadian dishes.

15424 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

The Doryman Pub & Grill

The Doryman Pub & Grill is the entertainment and good food hub of Cheticamp. It is the perfect place to enjoy pub grub and a glass of ale.

15528 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Places to Stay

Cheticamp Campground – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cheticamp Campground is located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is a popular location for families. It is around 8km north of Cheticamp. It has 122 sites that visitors can choose from to stay at.

May to October

211 Cheticamp Campground Road, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Corney Brook Campground – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

This small campground is on the oceanfront and features 20 tenting sites with fireplaces. It is a popular spot that works on a first-come, first-served basis.

May to October

Plage St. Pierre Beach and Campground

Stay at one of the 106 overnight sites near the Plage St. Pierre Beach. The campground features fireplaces, a sand beach, volleyball, playground, tennis, and mini-golf.

May to October

635 Cheticamp Island Road, Cheticamp

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