Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island

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#1 of 286 in Outdoors in Nova Scotia
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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  • Very beautiful area: great scenery, nice little villages, many different hikes and amazing views. Best place in Nova Scotia!  more »
  • We’ve heard from many people that this is an incredibly beautiful drive but and we weren’t disappointed except for the fact that we should have made more stops and took 4-6 days instead of 2. There ar...  more »
  • This is an easy drive though some of the most beautiful country in North America. The mountainous coastal scenery out of Cheticamp is some of the best I have seen. If you have time take the dirt road ...  more »
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