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Cabot Trail
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most magnificent loop drives in North America treats visitors to the spectacular scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands.
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We expected it to be wonderful and it was. We decided to go counterclockwise so we could easily stop but some of the places to stop are on the inside so I'm not sure it matters. It did put us at the coast in the afternoon where many of the pictures on brochures are taken. This was especially good since it was a bit cloudy in the morning and cleared by afternoon. We can recommend the Lone Sheiling and Bog walks for those who aren't much into walking (which describes us). They are short but pleasant.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

There really are no words to describe how beautiful the views are from the Cabot Trail. My family and I spent 2 and a half days travelling through from start to finish going clockwise. The drive itself is incredible, all those twists and turns right along the coast. Stunning! My advice would be to pick a point mid way through, we chose Pleasant Bay as our overnight stop. Take your time and I definitely would say that 3 or more days would have been perfect. We wanted to stay longer. I love the little towns and the little shops. Stop at the beautiful deserted beaches along the way. The locals will tell you to where to go to get to them. Pure heaven! Everyone there is incredibly friendly. The weather was sunny and hot the whole time which made for some incredible photos. There really is nothing like the Cabot Trail. Please do the whole trail and don't skip any parts as you will be missing out! We ended our Cabot Trail adventure in Baddeck. I have heard that people choose to do the Cabot trail counter clockwise. No matter which way you do it you will love it. The roads are all in pretty good shape, so no complaints there. Every thing is well marked. Stop and take photos, there are so many pull off areas that are great to park up and get amazing shots. Also walk some of the trails. Skyline trail is a 2 to 3 hour hike, which is about 7km (3.4 miles). You might actually get to see moose while on this trail. Wear bug spray. We were there the first week in July and the bugs were not too bad. When you reach the end of the trail you can look down into the water and try and see whales. A must see for anyone visiting the East coast. The Cabot Trail gets a perfect rating!

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Being from Cape Breton it is easy to give the Cabot Trail a good review. I have gone around the trail at least 50 times, the earliest was to see the forest fire in 1967. My wife and I go around the trail once a year and usually stay in Ingonish, Cheticamp, or Whale Cove. Every time you see or experience something new. We have traveled most of the walking trails over the years and enjoyed most of the beaches, especially Black Brook and Ingonish. It is possible to travel the Cabot Trail in one day, but I do not recommend it as you will not be able to take in even a tenth of it. You should plan at least three to four days, maybe even five to enjoy everything the Cabot Trail has to offer. The amount of things to do is beyond listing but there are whale watches, kayak rentals, deep sea fishing, etc. As another reviewer mentioned, some of the menus are fishy, but the food is excellent and could not be fresher. You do have to plan accordingly with regard to gas stations, but the region is still fairly isolated in some areas so do plan accordingly. The weather can also be unpredictable at the best of times. It is possible to be on the beach in Cheticamp, and on the drive to Ingonish experience hail during the drive so be prepared. The views are spectacular and you will not be disappointed, especially in the fall when the leaves start to change in late September and early October. This is one of my favorite times to go around the Cabot Trail. Make sure you bring your camera, it is essential!

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Spent a week there on our nine week trip across Canada. A couple of weeks in Vancouver and on Vancouver island , up north to see the Orcas at Campbell river. From Vancouver to Halifax on the train for 3 weeks, stopping off for a couple of nights at a time and seeing and doing all on our wish list (plus lots more) .In Halifax we picked up a car and drove to Cape Breton Island and around the Cabot trail and down the remote East Coast Drive.The Cabot Trail was special, the tiny Arcadian villages and the friendly people made us so welcome. we like to drive off the beaten track as us Aussies say, but, at 65 it needs to be not too perilous for our adventures. Compared to some of our other escapades ( the Ring of Beara in Ireland, the high Croatian mountains, New Zealands High passes) this is a comfortable and relatively easy road to take.Make sure to leave at least 4 days to drive and really see the fabulous scenery and spend time in an Arcadian town.
This was one of the true highlights of our Canadian trip.

3  Thank CheaAustralia
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I've worked in natural resource management in Hawai`i, California and along the Oregon Coast, and the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, and the Highlands National Park is their scenic equal or superior. The late evening experience driving north from Cheticamp to Pleasant Bay under clear skies with a setting sun, may be equaled but not surpassed.

The views are spectacular, the outdoor experience was renewing and well managed, the food and drink were exceptional, and the staff at the park, the restaurants, lodging, stores, and equipment rental companies were uniformly kind, helpful and well-informed and proud of the area they lived and worked.

If this part of Canada, Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton Island isn't on your bucket list, edit your list immediately to include it.

2  Thank Nathan C
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