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. With our international travel planner, Pleasant Bay attractions like Cabot Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • You could spend days going through the Cabot trail hiking and finding exceptional look outs. Or simply just drive the trail which was also beautiful. Hope you love seafood because it is offered everyw...  more »
  • What a discovery every time and the views are wonderful. The photos I took are all colors, embossed and all also impressive than the other. Several viewpoints to observe some of the most beautiful Canadian landscapes. The people there are friendly. You will find gas stations, grocery store, several restaurants with their specialties. We can go camping, go in the hotels where discover a beautiful B & B. Some make the Cabot Trail by bicycle, others by motorcycle or car. The roads are twisty but we offer fantastic views to no longer finish.
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  • The views are very beautiful. The driver needs to be focused on the road because of the twists and turns. Accordingly, i recommend frequent stops to view the sights otherwise only the passengers will ...  more »
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