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“Superb Animal life,average countryside”

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ingonish
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands with its abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history dating back to the last Ice Age.
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

The animal life around here is absolutley superb,but I must say i found the countryside a little underwhelming and full. Perhaps Ive been spoiled by British countryside? Still worth it for the animals though.

2  Thank Sam M
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Our driving tour of Cape Breton Highlands National Park was not unlike the driving trips we've done to places like Yellowstone National Park. There are plenty of picture pull-offs, and on a clear day you can take some pretty spectacular photos. One thing to remember is that there are very few places to buy lunch, so I would suggest bringing a packed lunch, especially if you're planning to do any hiking, which will increase your time in the park. Driving the Cabot Trail through the park can be done in a day, but it's a long day with quite a bit of time in the car, so be sure to plan accordingly.

8  Thank Inge1854
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

First off, when you're in this Park, driving north along the Cabot Strait of the Atlantic, it immediately reminds one of the northern California coast, with mountains plummeting straight into the roiling ocean. Start your trip from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, a quaint Scottish village about 2 hours from Halifax, with plenty of good restaurants and Alexander Graham Bell National Park. Bell was a longtime resident of the town. As you enter the Cabot Trail, you quickly gain altitude and are treated to a variety of beautiful seascapes, lakes, and multitudes of moose crossing the road and eagles swooping gracefully above. As you make your way north, it becomes more and more desolate, with a handful of small lobster fishing villages evident, but not much else. As you make the mountainous turn west towards the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you are suddenly in Arcadia, with signs in French and people wearing tocques, welcoming and smiling. The road down to Pleasant Bay is winding, mountainous and awe-inspiring, with unparalled views of the sea reminiscent of those driving over the coastal mountains to the Pacific in California. There, it is a pleasant plain nestled under the mountains with plenty of good restaurants and views and a definite French flavor. As you work your way down to the Arcadian town of Cheticamp, the oceanlike Gulf of St. Lawrence opens up to you, awesome in its size and the turbulence of its waters, great for whale watching. Have a hot meal in any of the outstanding restaurants there, stay awhile, and then when you're ready head due west to Caribou to catch the ferry to Prince Edward Island, but that's another story. As far as national parks go, it's not huge - a 3 hour drive will cover it - but what you will see in those 3 hours, the mountains, the seascapes and the wildlife, and the people you'll meet, make it well worthwhile.

11  Thank jonphil
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

The drive is amazing! Not for the faint of heart! We had to stop for a moose at the top of the mountain. Not to be missed!

3  Thank Linda G
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

best time of year to enjoy is winter , we go snowmobiling every winter .Also beautiful in the other seasons if you just want to go for a drive or hike.

1  Thank CaperGirl00
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