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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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After hearing for years about the Cabot Trail and that it was a wonder not to be missed, we were disappointed. The roads (trail?) was under construction in various places with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When talking about the drive on the Cabot Trail, we decided the best advice would be to drive for 20 minutes and turn around - go back. It probably is a great place to hike but if you are not planning to stop, not worth the time. Very unlikely to see a moose from the car. We went to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After hearing for years about the Cabot Trail and that it was a wonder not to be missed, we were disappointed. The roads (trail?) was under construction in various places with signs up not to get out of car for viewing in a couple of places and one lane traffic was in more than a few spots. We had just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This trail has a variety of things that are worthwhile to see. We had to select some because of our limited time. I would recommend to walk the Skyline Trail. You have a good chance of seeing moose there. We even encountered one only a couple of metres in front of us! Besides that there are lots of viewing points... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We drove the Cabot Trail in a counter clockwise rotation around and through Cape Breton Islands National Park. What a great drive. It takes about 4 hours of straight driving, so keep that in mind if you're planning a visit. There was so much to do, we wished we had more time. The roads and sights were stunning. Looked like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A marvel to see at any time of the year but in Oct the colours are brilliant and a must to see We live in the Sydney area and we like doing a overnite in Cheticamp or pleasant Bay and hiking some of the trails. A must to do for whoever comes to Cape Breton

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow! Such an amazing experience, we are only sorry we did not have more time as a one day trip was too short. Go and see White Point and Pleasant Bay. Our pictures will never do this trail the justice it deserves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing can properly describe the feeling of beauty and immensity of truly one of the most spectacular sceneries I have ever seen. No photo will ever provide the true feeling of being literally breathtaking as the trails aren't that easy and could be quite long! I did the trail nr 5 Chemin du cap rouge and realized that it was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Cabot Trail has nice views and a meandering path, but it's probably too long for families with young children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We really loved the drive around the Cabot Trail. The scenery is amazing and we would recommend going from East to West coast. We found the scenery around Pleasant Bay and Cheticamp more beautiful than on the East coast. Also, hiking on the West coast is amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The scenery is very beautiful. But once you leave the national park the roads are rough in some places. And there is a fair bit of construction. If on the bike plan 6-8 hours to do the trail with stops

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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

3 months ago

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