Cabot Trail
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One of the most magnificent loop drives in North America treats visitors to the spectacular scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands.
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sdebok
Owen Sound, Canada42 contributions
Jul. 2022
A must do! Enjoy the scenery. Highly recommend the Skyline Trail near Cheticamp. The trail itself is good for everyone. If you are short on time keep to the left at the "Y". Follow it to the most spectacular view. You will not be disappointed!
Written November 8, 2022
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Hazel B
Steinbach, Canada52 contributions
Jul. 2022
We were on a bus tour on the Cabot Trail. Our driver Doris was excellent. She was very careful but very efficient. Our tour guide Greg did such a good job of telling history and stories and stopping at the interesting places. I have wanted to make this trip for years and it didn't disappoint. The views of the ocean, the mountains, the trees...oh my, it was all so beautiful.
Written October 31, 2022
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IamLindyLou
Pitt Meadows, Canada165 contributions
Oct. 2022
We decided to do the trail in one day, but in hindsight we definitely needed two or even three days to make our way around. Our main goal was to see the fall foliage, but there were so many other sights to see and villages to visit! Though we were told that the colours were not at their best due to Fiona, we were blown away by the beauty and the majestic scenery! So many times we'd round the corner and in unison we would say, "WOW!!!" We did the gondola ride at Cape Smokey, and though it was a bit pricey, we felt it was worth it for the utterly stunning views from the top of the ride. Had we had more time, we would have hiked around a bit more at the top.
Written October 20, 2022
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George H
1 contribution
Oct. 2022
"Some" beautiful views with plenty of pull offs, but most of the 185 mile circuit is forest with a lot of rough roads. Would be a worth while trip if you only live a few hours away.
Written October 18, 2022
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Grumpyogre
Guelph, Canada152 contributions
May 2022
Started out not believing the hype about the Cabot Trail, but after driving up the East side, I could not believe just how beautiful it is. It is worth exploring some of the side areas, such as Neil's Harbour. Just standing in amazement at the side of the road as a Red Fox trots by.... so wonderful.
Written September 29, 2022
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,527 contributions
Jun. 2022
Cabot Trail is Nova Scotia [Latin for New Scotland]/Cape Breton Island’s scenic highway. It winds along the northern tip of the island for about 185 miles. It passes through Cape Brenton Highlands and Highlands National Park. It is named for explorer John Cabot, and early explorer in 1497—shortly after Columbus chose the Caribbean’s warmer temps. Completion of the initial, but much shorter, route was completed in 1932.

I was part of a two-week guided tour of the Maritimes in June. The group had 48 people on a modern, huge coach. The twists and turns gave the effect of being aboard a ship. The poor driver, Maurice, must have been concerned—not about navigating the curves, but by tour members who forgot to take Dramamine☺ The tour director pointed out items of interest, seemingly always on the other side of the bus. There were, however, stunning views of the ocean/bay and towering cliffs cascading into the ocean. Unable to drive, I would enjoy experiencing this spectacular national park over a period of days, not hours. It was a highlight of my Maritimes tour.
Written September 28, 2022
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Mike T
Ottawa, Canada22 contributions
Sep. 2022
Finally came visiting after so many years of saying it is a must see place in Canada. We wish we come here solely visiting this National Park. The sights, the trail, the walking trails inside the park are great and this is definitely worth re-visiting in the future.
Written September 13, 2022
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Afzal
Oakville, Canada19 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
A great adventurous and scenic place. A must see but stay somewhere within the trail to enjoy it the most. Scenic and wonderful drive with lots of opportunities to either just sit and enjoy the Atlantic or bike around or track the trails.
Written September 10, 2022
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lfleur04
Boston, MA41 contributions
Sep. 2022
Outstanding tour, AND a full day is too much of a good thing for us. We were on the road from 9-5 PM with 45 mins for lunch. If you are a hiker, you will love it. If you are car touring, it's a long way.
Written September 8, 2022
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Helen K
1 contribution
Jul. 2022
I loved the never-ending greenery and ocean. Some people find that boring!
We booked a van tour as we needed a break from driving so the long trip was not stressful. Yes, there was a long traffic stop due to road construction, but that's life.
There were several stops along the way for food or photos but no possibility to go on a trail.
Written August 25, 2022
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