Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island

4.6
#1 of 288 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, Cape Breton Island 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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  • As much as the area is a spectacular piece of property, Parks Canada would rather have you drive by and look from a distance as opposed to parking and cross-country skiing along some of the areas that...  more »
  • A spectacular drive, with winding roads, great views, and some moose! We spent about five hours on the road, stopping more than a few times to take in the breathtaking vistas! Go in early summer and a...  more »
  • Drove around clockwise and given my fear of heights - a very good choice. However, fear was quickly replaced by the sheer beauty of the trail. Cameras, videos or my words cannot express just how breat...  more »
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