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Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island

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#1 of 215 in Outdoors in Nova Scotia
Scenic Drive Hiking Trail
Take a scenic drive on Cabot Trail, a 298 km (185 mi) loop around the island's northern section. Named after famed explorer John Cabot, the roadway was built in the 1930s. Drive or cycle through the picturesque Cape Breton Highlands, a route offering a staggering amount of stunning viewpoints overlooking mountains, undulating green hills, the ocean, and quaint, sleepy hamlets. Arrange your visit to Cabot Trail and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sydney using our Sydney tourist route planner.
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  • We started in Truro and drove by Baddeck and then to the salmon museum in Margaree. We continued through Cheticamp and on to Pleasant Bay which has the best lookouts. In Pleasant Bay there is the Rust...  more »
  • One of Canada's wonders, a must do. The scenery on this 300km drive is breath taking at times. The diversity from sea side vistas to green valleys and even a fault line. Each corner brought somethign ...  more »
  • Beautiful panoramic road with many small and larger hikes on the side and regular vantage points. Highly recommended to leave towards White Point the Cabot trail in Neil's harbour or South Harbour. What is lacking are good eateries, most of is culinary of Nova Scotia (Halifax except plus a few good restaurants) rather no man's land. You get lobster and oysters but often and well, should you also wrong what do if things are fresh. Many construction sites up-to-date, and the driving abilities are partly adventurous, but it is vacation.
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