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

Beautiful drive. Make sure you get a map at the Park entrance. It lists the hiking trails and there are a few that are very short and can be done in less than 1/2 hour. We did... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful drive. Make sure you get a map at the Park entrance. It lists the hiking trails and there are a few that are very short and can be done in less than 1/2 hour. We did a few in the short time we were there. One in particular was Skyline. It took about 2 - 2.5 hours and was... More 

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We made the trip due to great recommendations and stayed two nights near Cheticamp. The view of mountain and sea were really pretty but nothing more than Hwy 1 along California coast or sea to sky highway from Vancouver to Whistler. So if you have been to these other two, probably can skip it..... The road work was inconvenient and... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I did not have close to enough time to explore the Cabot Trail as it was the serendipitous route to and from Gampo Abbey where I visited. In my experience - the Cabot Trail rivals the much revered Northern California coastal route. Crashing waves, cliffs to take your breath away, many scenic stops, beautifully maintained highway, loads of hiking trails,... More 

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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I rode the Cabot trail with 3 other friends on motorcycles. It was beautiful. Part of the road was under construction, but even that was packed down well and rideable without too much difficulty. The views were amazing and the road was worth the trip.

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Martinsburg, Pennsylvania
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The West Coast of the Cabot Trail is so beautiful and is very worthwhile; however, I would completely skip the East Coast until about Ingonish. We drove about 2 hours before we saw anything other than trees on the East Coast. We did see a moose dart across the road right in front of us on the East Coast, which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An incredible Drive along the coast of Cape Breton Island. There is so much to see and do here and the vistas are just stunning. For the adventurous, take the road less travelled and check out Meat Cove on the Northern most remote part of the Island.

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This area is just astonishing! Best views amazing landscapes. Good to travel around spending some nights at B&Bs.

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Geneva, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have only done about 1/4 Th of the trail. The side trips are absolutely worth it. We started in Ingonish and drive about 3 hours -very pretty along the coast. Take a trip. It's worth it.

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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an incredible road trip. The views include deep green canyon like valleys. Think of a rainforest of pines, oaks, maples and birch trees. The other views are steep rock cliffs dropping several hundred feet directly into the ocean. You may want to plan to stop at almost every scenic pull off as each view seems different and more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure you allow an entire day for this drive, or plan for two and stay someplace along the route! We were in our RV, so we did it in one day and skipped the unpaved road out to the point. Lots of pull-offs to enjoy the views and places to stop for souvenirs and snacks. A new adventure around... More 

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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)

Sunsets

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

4 months ago

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