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Cabot Trail

Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Wife and I drove the Cabot Trail one day and it was very nice. Weather was cool so getting out of the car was in short durations. Lots of restaurants are seasonal so don't go before May long weekend.

Thank david k
Reviewed 2 days ago

We drove the trail counter clockwise and I believe the view was better . Allow lots of time for the roadside stops and attractions in the villages around the trail. We took a total of 3 days to drive around the trail and I'm glad...More

Thank Peggy C
Reviewed 18 April 2017

There are three top rated ocean-view roads in the world. Consensus says that Big Sur is number one but the Cabot Trail and the Great Ocean in Victoria Australia are both very close to being there too! I have been visiting Cape Breton for 60...More

6  Thank Terry F
Reviewed 9 April 2017

One of Canada's most scenic areas, and one of the most interesting stretches of road in the country. Also one of those rare places where its reputation is as good as promised. It is best around the national park but the views from the Trail...More

2  Thank FirstCircle
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We did not drive the whole Cabot Trail. We drove from Baddeck to Cheticamp. We had lunch at the Dancing Goat. Someone recommended Dancing Goat to us. It was a great lunch. The drive after the restaurant to Cheticamp was awesome. We saw the Atlantic...More

4  Thank shumardp
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Well worth the visit. Remember to do the skyline trail, yes it is a lot of walking, but so worth the view from on top of the world. We saw two moose.. all we can say is WOW! The drive in the mountains and every...More

3  Thank Jack S
Reviewed 12 March 2017

My boyfriend and I camped at the Cheticamp Campsite for a few days in August 2016. The National Park itself is huge and you could easily spend weeks exploring all of it. We had a short time in Cape Breton, so we followed the Cabot...More

5  Thank Meghan S
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Reviews simply do not do it justice. You must experience this at least once in your lifetime just make sure to take a full day so you can stop at various points to enjoy the views without being rushed. Sightseeing at the finest. I WILL...More

5  Thank Donna R
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Forget California's HWY 1 or The Big Sur. Cabot Trail is the most spectacular coastal highway in North America. I've gone around the full trail, and first 15 miles from Cheticamp to Pleasant Bay is the most spectacular section.

7  Thank Hunter k
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

It was her first time already and we haven't done much travelling in Canada. I can't say how much we love the Cabot Trail. The views are just breathtaking and well worth the trip. The people out east and the scenery are very nice and...More

3  Thank Greg B
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Carolyn A B
Hi Sue. We are doing a motorcycle trip from Virginia through Canada over six weeks. From PEI, we will come over at Picou and were wondering where to spend two nights and not get too exhausted on the trail with all the stops. We are even considering staying there 3 days and do the reverse trail. What do you think? Carolyn L
19 May 2017|
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Response from Duncan128 | Reviewed this property |
I would like to stay in Baddeck, a small cute town where Alexander Bell lived. Google it. I love it. Wish you have a fantastic trip in Canada's East Coast. Sorry about the late reply.
We will be in this area in early October. I have read enough to know that it is foolish to think we can do justice to the Cabot Trail in one day, but that is all we have. Is there a site where we can get information on the best places to make stops to see the best views.\? Unfortunately it would appear we will not have time for hikes, unless they are short ones. Also, what sort of weather might we expect at this time of year? Any tips would be helpful.
29 April 2017|
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I will be in Sydney for just 5 hours in late September. Plan to hire a car and get to Baddeck and as far up the Cabot trail towards Cape North and back as I can in that time. Is this feasible??
26 April 2017|
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Response from Duncan128 | Reviewed this property |
It is very hard to do all these within 5 hours; however, if someone with you know the roads well, you can definitely drive up to Baddeck. From Sydney to Baddeck is about 1 hour drive. Baddeck is very small; but, it is... More