12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Ingonish River Wilderness Area




10,712 ha


Wilderness Area



Conditions Apply?


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Large undisturbed wilderness with steep river canyons and a diversity of ecosystems from taiga to temperate forest

Ecological Values

Large wilderness area that has seen little recent human disturbance

Steep river canyons of old deciduous forest

Includes taiga ecosystems as well as boreal plateau

Becomes part of a large natural area that includes Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Improves representation of three Natural Landscapes

Potential habitat for national species of special concern and provincially vulnerable Bicknell’s thrush

Outdoor Recreation Values

Backcountry backpacking and hiking

Scenic vistas

Wildlife viewing opportunities

Forestry Values

Area under Port Hawkesbury Paper license

Some areas of boreal plateau could be future timber supply

Other Resource Values

High wind potential


Legal protection of portion (666 ha) subject to addressing mineral rights.

Portion (183 ha) pending review of siting options for potential wind energy project. 

Exclusions and Vehicle Access

Potential snowmobile trail agreement for Gisborne trail to Ski Cape Smokey.

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