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Following the shore of western Cape Breton, this 67-mile-long trail...

Following the shore of western Cape Breton, this 67-mile-long trail offers magnificent views of dramatic coastline, bays, inlets and rolling farmlands.

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Great drive

Great drive through a wonderful part of Nova Scotia. Scenery is beautiful, and it is sparsely populated. Some pubs have music nightly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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236 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great drive through a wonderful part of Nova Scotia. Scenery is beautiful, and it is sparsely populated. Some pubs have music nightly.

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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Beautiful scenery, great roads. Definitely worth the drive! Take your time and stop along the way to take in the gorgeous scenery.

Thank Hatepoorservice
Aiken, South Carolina
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49 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This was the beginning of two summer trips and loved it each time. We fly into Halifax and rent a car. The west coast of CB is one of my favorite places. The scenery, food, locals, music, was all wonderful. We liked this part better than the northern tip and the east side of the island. Two years ago we... More 

Thank MacPEI
Newton, Massachusetts
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122 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This route is a pretty unexceptional route. There are some views of the water, but it's often inland. It's the best way to get to some destinations that you might want to reach (Judique, Mabou, and Cabot Links), but there's no reason to go out of your way to take it otherwise.

Thank West52
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

If you want to hear Fiddle Music you have come to the right place. The Ceilidh trail will lead you into the heart of Cape Breton Music. Stop into anyone of the CoOps or other small stores along this trail, and you can find postings on the info wall for a Ceilidh(gathering) happening somewhere. Better yet ask at the tourist... More 

3 Thank Deb H
Maidstone, Kent
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A lot of time and energy has been spent trying to make what is basically a road into 'The Ceilidh Trail'. Some stretches have nice views, but this is Nova Scotia, so really that's a given. It's not that it's terrible, just that it doesn't live up to the PR hype. That said, It's a good (if at times bumpy)... More 

1 Thank Footloose_Cait
thunder bay ontario
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Drive the whole trail and take in every moment. The scenery is breathtaking. Bring your camera and stop at all the wonderful places. they are all small towns with a lot of charm.

1 Thank loungechairlizard
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151 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

Quite a quiet patch. Lots of beautiful views to see and plenty if stops / beaches. Good to stop at Judique- often have musical events.

Thank Tandemania
Bridgewater, Canada
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

If you take this trail immediately after crossing the causeway to Cape Breton you will have a nice drive along the coast clear to Cheticamp where the Cabot Trail and Highlands Nat. Park begin. The road is a bit rough in a few places. Our climate is hard on asphalt, with much freezing and thawing in the winter. An alert... More 

1 Thank James T
Sydney, Canada
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I love this drive along the south east part of Cape Breton. Ocean views and scenic Acadian villages are the norm. A great, late summer beach for the whole family is Point Michaud. It is all sand and shallow for a great distance from the shoreline. The waves are big and fun for the older "kids" as well

Thank Ron W

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