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Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island

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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 Pleasant Bay using our Pleasant Bay tourist route planner.
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  • For more than 4 decades I am a "summer settler" of Cape Breton Island and cannot count how many times I have shared this magnificent itinerary with friends from around the world. There are so many "lo...  more »
  • We stayed in Baddeck and did the whole drive in one day, including quite a few stops and 2 walks - skyline Walk and Middle Head Walk. Very enjoyable and didn't feel rushed. 
  • Amazing ride with beautiful sights. We went in July but were told the best time to go is in the fall because of the beautiful colours.