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Address: Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 9022953310
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

One of the most magnificent loop drives in North America treats visitors to...

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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World's best drive!

I try to drive the Cabot Trail on my Harley 3 - 6 times/year. It's that AWESOME! Celtic Colors is a fantastic time to see all the colors either on a bike or a car. Eagles... read more

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New Waterford, Canada
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New Waterford, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I try to drive the Cabot Trail on my Harley 3 - 6 times/year. It's that AWESOME! Celtic Colors is a fantastic time to see all the colors either on a bike or a car. Eagles everywhere and you have a good chance of seeing a moose as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is my 2nd time around but first in the fall. The trees were brilliant with colour around most of the trail. There was road construction on parts of the trail which slowed things down a bit. We were on a tour bus with Bannockburn Tours so we saw a few things that we might not have on our own.

Thank Val S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This trip was on our bucket list! The Cabot Trail is touted as one of the top road trips in the world! And I'll say, it delivered! We spend 3-4 days from start to finish, and wished we'd had more time! We rented a convertible which allowed us to enjoy 360 views: stunning scenery and vast wilderness at every turn.... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It had rained over night so views were limited when we visited. There were long stretches of road works which spoiled the journey for us. The worse part was Cheticamp end. We had visited a few years ago but the first time we saw a moose so we were happy.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Driving the Cabot Trail is one of my most treasured memories in Nova Scotia. We only caught a tiny amount of Autumn colours, but it was still stunning. I loved the dramatic views, sunsets and seeing all the small fishing villages. Now when I read about rural Nova Scotia I have a much better picture of it. Totally worthwhile.

Thank ellabooray
Wilmington, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

(thankfully) little signs of civilization (shopping, restaurants, malls, gas stations). Trailheads are all very well marked with some parking as are the many scenic view pull-offs. So many places to go and see; way more than can be done in a mere week. Alot of elevation changes and sharp S curves especially when dragging a trailer. Last August it seemed... More 

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Crimora, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a semi-limited access route that offers an excellent motorcycle track with great views. The combination of fall colors and breakers on the shore is exhilarating. Our hosts chose the route, starting at Baddeck and continuing clockwise, to a ferry landing on St. Ann's Bay. There were a couple elevated spots that provided excellent views of the twisting road... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You won't believe your eyes! There's nothing but road, forest, and ocean, as you ribbon your way along this trail. Look out for moose!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was looking forward to seeing the Cabot trail. What a disappointment. I'm sure if the weather is good it probably is beautiful but the day we went it was cloudy, foggy, winding road with much construction. Didn't see anything. A waste of 6 hours. So check the forecast before you go.

Thank GrammaDonna-8
Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What can be said about such natural beauty. Stunning. Saw my first end to end rainbow. The trail is a must see in the autumn. We went around counter clockwise. So very glad to have done this. There could be more stops added but all in all we loved the trip.

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Ashdod, Israel

Hi there :),We would really appreciate some advice on the Cape Breton part of our trip to Eastern Canada. Apologize for the length of this, but i am really at my wits end on what to see and how to plan our route in Cape Breton which is part of a larger trip we are making this summer.

Would like to give a little background firstly.

We are lucky enough to have toured quite a few wonderful places in the world, and are always interested in experiencing new unique things to your specific areas in this case New Brunswick/Nova Scotia and Cabot Island.

We are planning a trip of just over a month this year around July 2016.

We start off in Newfoundland then sail 10 days along the coast of Newfoundland to Labrador - Torngat Ntnl Park - onward towards Greenland -

we then loop back to Toronto and fly to Halifax on the 12th July 2016 (arrive at noon pick up a car) we then have 11 nights (flying back to Toronto from Halifax) and would love to experience the highlights in New Brunswick/Nova scotia and Cabot Island.

We have read up on the area but i am finding it difficult to plan a route with travel times and areas to stay that would save us time (without having to loop back to where ever we are sleeping).

We are both people who very much enjoy the outdoors and who have no problem getting up early to experience a full day :) if there is something really spectacular have no problem driving to see it

Please bear in mind that i think by this time we will be full to the brim with landcapes/waterfalls and scenery so would really like to put an emphasis on the really unique things that we can't experience anywhere else in the world. We would really appreciate your input as locals regarding (for example) if you go to "a" you'd just be repeating yourselves by going to "b".

The things/places we really wouldn't want to miss are:

Perce Rock - looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hopewell Rocks high and low tides - experiencing both

Tidal bore (i believe in truro but there are other places..)

Seeing wildlife - specially moose and whales

Whale watching - where would be a fantastic place to get up close and personal?

Experiencing the Ceilidhs with locals

Mikmak Culture - i believe on goat island?

Sydney - worlds largest fiddle

Kayak trip (shortish)


View of coastline from a boat perhaps?

Bike around (optional)

Please please please suggest a route and state that for example: you have to see "such and such" so give "such and such" a miss...

Some places that i have read up on:

Cape Breton:

Cabot trail - just driving around - which side is best to see a great sunset?

Skyline trail sounds wonderful

Baddeck Village - Ceilidhs + fiddle music

Uisge Ban (4km trail) leads to 16 meter waterfall

Bras d'or Lake - leave it?

Bay of St Lawrence - breathtaking views of gulf - fiddle music - fishing village

Mikmaq community - eskasoni - goat island - membertou heritage park

Le vieux chemin du cap rouge - 9km - 3.5hrs

Sydney - worlds largest fiddle

Cabot trail:

N. River Falls highest waterfall ?

Egypt Falls

Cape Smokey (panoramic views 5km each way) 4hrs

Franey Loop - 7.4km 2-3hrs reward at the top

Broad Cove Mountain (2.3 km) 1hr exceptional views

Fresh water lake+lookoff 0.3km 10min - great view?

Devils Hill Falls 6.5km return - +brook+macdonald lake - worth it? or leave?

Cabot trail vistas: french/north & mackenzie mountain

Cape Mabou Highlands - remarkable cliffs -

Beinn Bhiorach (steep mount 1.8km) how steep?

Lookoff at Fair Alistairs

Fair Alistairs trail (3km)

Mabou - red shoe pub

Meat Cove - short walk up Little Grassy gives great view of meat cove

Cape Breton Highland zodiac captain Marks whale and sea cruise? any good?

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick:

Digby Neck & Balancing Rock long Island - is it worth the drive out?

Cape Split hiking trail, heard there are great views? How long and hard a hike?

Wolfville or Lunenberg as a place to stay

The ovens natural park

Hopewell Rocks - High and Low tide (kayak trip)- do we need to book in advance?

Peggys Cove - we are on the wall about this -take it? leave it?

Fundy Biosphere reserve: Dickson falls/Moose Horn surging water and sculpted rock looks wonderful /Fuller falls - how difficult is this route?

Walton Glen Falls +eye of the needle - heard its great how long a hike? how difficult?

Tidal bore: truro? South Maitland ? Amherst?

Grand Manan Island - kayak calm waters around Island? too far?

Mount Carleton Provincial Park = Mount Saganook - loop trail how steep? heard it has wow views at the end? how long?

Fundy trail parkway - suspension bridge - hearst lookout - give it a miss or worth it?

Aspogotan Peninsula +Loop blandford - New Harbour fishing villages - leave it?

Grandfalls Gorge - 70meters high? canyon - can pontoon boat? walk?

The reversing rapids - st johns river - during july is there a significant flow?

Squaws Cap Lookoff - Super view of bay? cn we get to it by car?

Thank you sooooooooooooo much

If needed we can call or skype

6 months ago

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