Parks Canada and Municipality of Victoria County work together to improve accessibility in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

News release

Accessibility equipment in place at Warren Lake and Freshwater Lake

August 11, 2021                Ingonish, Nova Scotia                        Parks Canada Agency  

Parks Canada administers one of the finest and most extensive systems of natural and cultural heritage places in the world. With access to outdoor spaces more important than ever before, Parks Canada and the Municipality of Victoria County are pleased to announce enhancements to enable more Canadians to experience Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

A donation of accessibility equipment – two mobility mats and two mobility chairs - from the Municipality of Victoria County to Cape Breton Highlands National Park are now in place at Warren Lake and Freshwater Lake. The equipment allows people with decreased mobility to spend time on the beach and in the water with family and friends. Going to the beach is now an option for everyone in the area.    

The mobility chairs can be reserved at no cost by contacting Parks Canada at or 902-285-2524.

This generous donation allows Parks Canada to improve access to Warren Lake and Freshwater Lake for everyone. The introduction of the mobility mats and chairs will provide more Canadians with improved access to experience the outdoors.


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“Parks Canada strives to make national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas accessible to as many Canadians as possible. This generous donation of equipment from the Municipality of Victoria County now makes it possible for people with decreased mobility to more fully enjoy the beach at Warren Lake and Freshwater Lake in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. I hope local residents and visitors will take advantage of this equipment to spend time with family and friends in the beautiful waters of Victoria County.”    

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada


“The Municipality of Victoria County is pleased to partner with Parks Canada to improve mobility and accessibility at the beach area at Warren Lake and Freshwater Lake for all to enjoy. We are fortunate to be surrounded by the healing effects of nature and are thankful that more people are now able to fully appreciate all that Victoria County offers.”

Bruce Morrison,
Warden, Municipality of Victoria County

Quick facts

  • Mobility mats are special mat surfaces at the base of the beach entrance ramp, which stretch over the soft sand and give access to the hard-packed wet sand along the water’s edge. This creates an easy path of access for wheels of all kinds including mobility chairs.  

  • Victoria County is a large rural county located on the world famous Cabot Trail and beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, home to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Cape Breton Island. Visitors to Victoria County can enjoy outdoor experiences, cultural, culinary and winter experiences as well as the scenic coastline and Bras d’Or Lake.

  • Warren Lake is Cape Breton Highland National Park’s largest lake and offers visitors a relaxing retreat with a picnic area, sandy beach and a 4.7 km trail. The sandy beach eases into the water while the trail hugs the shoreline and is alive with wildlife. 

  • The Bog Trail, Freshwater Lake Trail, day-use areas, look-offs, select campsites, and washrooms in Cape Breton Highlands National Park are accessible to people with mobility and accessibility issues. 

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Tim Panas
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Cape Breton Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency


Jocelyn Bethune
Communications Officer
Municipality of Victoria County 
902-295-2117 (direct)
902-295-0575 (cell)

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency

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