Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this route is like riding a roller-coaster. The road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The Cabot Trail is an incredible 185-mile (298 km) drive. Roadside wildlife ranges from eagles to moose, there are great spots to stop and watch whales, 26 walking trails, and east coast beaches to picnic on. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay.
The trail makes a loop around the northern section of Cape Breton Island. Be sure to include time to stop at Baddeck, the eastern gateway to the Cabot Trail. It’s the location of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. The entire route is open year-round, however try to have a flexible schedule so that you can travel it in clear weather. Photo by Lucy Izon.
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Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0, Canada