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Cabot Trail

Nova Scotia, Canada
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Type: Scenic Drives, Hiking Trails
Activities: Group tours/bus tour, Whale watching, Kayaking, Driving, Camping, Hiking
Description: 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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Toronto, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We went around the trail in one day and wished we had taken at least two. There are so many hiking trails and places to explore along this route that one could take several days to go around. We went on the Skyline trail, which takes about 2 hours, and leads you out to the crest of a mountain with... More

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Royal Oak
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101 reviews 101 reviews
35 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Cabot Trail is as beautiful as the magazines claim. It is somewhat like driving near Big Sur, but the Cabot trail is much less populated and barely commercial.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Warnings about the adequacy of your brakes are overdone. Most of this trip is smooth and gradual. Motorcyclists love the occasional twisty parts. The best view is from the counterclockwise direction because it keeps you adjacent to the railings with the view turnoffs. On everyones list of "Best Rides in North America" and deservedly so.

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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Finally, the Cabot Trail - everyone everywhere suggested I visit the Cabot Trail. Initially I heard 'Cabbage Trail' so I immediately thought my bunnies would like this! All this cleared up when I entered the Canadian National Park. I paid $7.50 to enter and learned about the children's activity book. At each stop, there are stamps to be collected and... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Yup, you want to take your time on this trip. There is just so much to see and experience. Look for the next curve, and be surprised at what will be there. From quaint little villages to fantastic vistas you never know what is around the next bend.

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Best traveled on a sunny day. The route is best taken counter-clockwise. Mountains, beaches, secluded coves and finally, the trail travels along the coast, high on the cliffs. Gorgeous!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting drive around north west Cape Breton Island. We did this drive in 2 days but you really should take more time to stop and see all the sites and quaint villages. There are lots of things to see and do both natural and manmade. The Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck is a must see. For the young and... More

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Largo, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

In reading past reviews and seeing lots of pictures, one hopes that the real thing isn't a let down and this drive certainly came through! Even if you don't have a full day to see it, do so. Spending a full day driving around Cabot Trail would be pushing it, given all the scenic stops to stop and breathe, and... More

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London, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Driving the Cabot Trail offers plenty of opportunity to see amazing scenes of nature and wildlife. If I was going to do it again, I would spend more time and stop more often along the way. There are plenty of places to pull off the road safely and enjoy the view or take photos.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Love the Cabot trail. Make sure you take the Englishtown ferry as part of your journey. The twists and turns along the ocean make you feel like you're in a luxury vehicle commercial!

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