Chéticamp River Restoration - Below Bridge Phase of Development

The Chéticamp River is one of only two remaining healthy Atlantic salmon rivers in Nova Scotia that still contain a healthy spring run. There are concerns over the long-term sustainability of this river. Critically over-widened sections for example are creating passage challenges for salmon and other fish species. Research links this unnatural widening to historic human-based practices of logging and agricultural. Parks Canada partnered with the Chéticamp River Salmon Association in an effort to explore sustainable solution(s) to this ongoing problem. A plan was subsequently developed detailing restoration objectives. Among other initiatives, the plan calls for the installation of several instream rock armor deflectors designed and positioned to help reinstate the natural flows as well as narrow and deepen the channel. Restoration will occur approximately 200m downstream from the Cheticamp River Bridge, and will mark the final phase of this multi-year restoration program. Work will occur over a forecasted three-day period planned for sometime during the summer of 2023.

Latest update

June 17, 2023 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents


Cape Breton Highlands National Park
7495 Main Street
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 1H6
Telephone: 902-224-2306
Fax: 902-285-2866

  • Location

    • Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


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...within 200 kilometres
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