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“If You Do the Cabot Trail--Go All the Way!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Meat Cove

Meat Cove
Nova Scotia B0C 1E0, Canada
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Bastrop, TX
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“If You Do the Cabot Trail--Go All the Way!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Meat Cove is truly the end of the road. Like most of the Cabot Trail, the seashore views are spectacular and even more impressive when you realize how remote this location is and how few people get to experience it. The folks in the general store/restaurant/info center are extremely friendly and helpful. Ask them about the hike "up the mountain" that starts just a couple of hundred yards up the road from the general store. If you've made the trip to the Cabot Trail--you owe to yourself to go all they--to Meat Cove!

Visited August 2012
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“Awe-inspiring Views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Right on the north tip of Cape Breton Island, well off the Cabot Trail, we ran across this spot on TA.

Quite the adventurous drive to get there, especially the last 8 kilometers of unpaved, often rough road.

Lots of folks camp there, in tents, right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the water, watching, hearing and feeling the waves crashing against the rocks below.

You can actually drive right down to the beach if you like, though the road is on quite an incline!

Aside from the incredible view and the campsites, not much there.

There used to be a restaurant but it's closed. We heard they used to serve chowder right out by the campsites but weren't when we were there. They did have some food, pretty much standard stuff like hamburgs, wings, sandwiches. And beer. We took a pass on that and stopped instead at the Rusty Anchor on our way back down the West coast of Cape Breton Island.

So, adventurous drive, yes, but well worth it to experience spectacular, pretty unique views of Canada.

Visited September 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“The most easterly tip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

My husband had read about Meat Cove and it was really the only place along the Cabot Trail that he truly wanted to see and stay at. We stayed about a 45 minute drive away but took the time to go up one late morning and stayed for almost three hours. We walked along the stone beach, swam in the ocean and enjoyed the cove. We also stayed and had a lunch up top at the little lunch spot overlooking Meat Cove. A must see!

Visited August 2012
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Orillia, Canada
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

The most fantastic view! The locals were very warm and helpful and the community centre, which serves as basically everything there, serves amazing food!

Visited August 2012
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“The End of The World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

ACTUAL VISIT Sep/Oct 2009 & 2010

We took a recommendation from someone at the Keltic Lodge and decided to take the road off the Cabot Trail and see what Meat Cove was all about. Wow, I'm glad we did.... so remote and secluded. Once the pavement ends and the gravel road begins you feel like you really are in the middle of nowhere. When you get to the end, it really does feel like youve reached the end of the world. Its so beautiful that I will make the trip any time Ive ever in that area.

Visited October 2011
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