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2 days in Cabot Trail

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2 days in Cabot Trail

Hi, husband and I are going to visit NS around midish October. After Halifax and before PEI, we would love to visit Cabot Trail for 2 days. Visiting from east to west, where should we spend the night? What towns should be consider sleeping in? All info appreciated, thanks.

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1. Re: 2 days in Cabot Trail

If you are there during the Celtic Colours festival from Oct. 6 - 14 many accommodations may be fully booked.

https://celtic-colours.com/artists/

So going East to West would be going counter clockwise around the trail something like this: https://goo.gl/maps/ERUtMARteh82

You could perhaps stay in or near Baddeck on the Bras D'Or Lake.

My preference would be to start with the Ceilidh Trail and then go clockwise, spending your one night in Belle Cote to Cheticamp. These are on the ocean and you have a chance for great sunsets. Take some time on the Ceilidh Trail. Check out the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique, the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, the Glenora Inn and distillery in that area and the wonderful beach and boardwalk in Inverness.

Your map would look like this: https://goo.gl/maps/zKxehktuvjs

Here are the links to the relevant Top Questions for your trip:

http://bit.ly/2ltXQbm Planning your trip

http://bit.ly/2mfOrsd Trip Reports

https:/…Learning.About.Cape.Breton.html

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2. Re: 2 days in Cabot Trail

Excellent DE advice.

Cabot Trail is a Must Visit, and we hope the fall colors will be vibrant.

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3. Re: 2 days in Cabot Trail

We returned a few days ago from driving the Cabot Trail. Visitor center in Port Hastings suggested we head to Port Hood and up to Cheticamp so that the driver has good views and you are on the inside lane around the island so that passengers don't have issues with looking down cliffs into the ocean. Since it was September (and misty and rainy) and we found very few restaurants and places to stay open. We drove the west side of the island from Port Hastings to Ingonish before we found a place to stay and an open restaurant for dinner (around 7 pm). Also gas stations are sparse and there is lots of road construction. The Dancing Moose near Ingonish has a great breakfast. Had dinner at the Coastal Restaurant and Pub near Ingonish - good food too.

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4. Re: 2 days in Cabot Trail

Thanks for that information, Ann622.

That was a long drive to find a place to stay. We always advise booking ahead, but people can also call 1 800 565 0000

The visitor centre in Port Hastings could have helped as well. There are not many places to stay between Cheticamp and Ingonish though there are a few airbnbs.

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5. Re: 2 days in Cabot Trail

The Port Hastings Visitor Center was very helpful and made several calls but did not find any vacancies for us to stay. The Nova Scotia visitor center when we entered NS told us we could drive the trail in 4 - 5 hours - a bit off. Enjoy your trip.

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