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Address: Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada
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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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I used to live on Cape Breton Island and I've gone around the Cabot Trail several times. This last time, just recently was as good as it always is with its beautiful scenery, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 June 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

I used to live on Cape Breton Island and I've gone around the Cabot Trail several times. This last time, just recently was as good as it always is with its beautiful scenery, the great hiking trails, and picnic areas. There is more to discover in its small quaint towns and villages such as whale watch excursions, nice gift shops,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

One minute you are at sea level and the next you are soaring on a road on top of the mountains. Stunning views. I visited in May 2016 and there were several road construction projects along the way. Unfortunately a few of these were along some of the most scenic stretches.

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Antigonish, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I am from Nova Scotia and this was my first trip of the trail. Our first day was in the 20s temperature wise, we stayed in Ingonish and took advantage of some attractions there. Our second day we were not so lucky with the weather, which isn't a big deal. Maritime weather is like that. The fog actually added to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is a must for anybody who has a travel bucket list, we drove here from Antigonish and decided to drive clockwise around the trail as the 3 day weather forecast was not favourable to drive counter clockwise, however if you have the opportunity to drive this circuit and weather conditions are suitable I would recommend driving counter clockwise as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Our trip through Nova Scotia was beautiful! The North Atlantic seascapes were unbelieveable! We are going back to explore the eastern side of island!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Scenery was so awe inspiring ... Make sure you drive counter clockwise when "doing" the trail ... It does make a difference :) ...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

If you head out East please do yourself a huge favour and drive the Cabot Trail. Take your time exploring the many hiking trails. Especially the Skyline hike, a little longer then most but worth every step. We encountered moose right on the trail and at the end, the scenic look out is simply amazing. I recommend at least 2... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

I have toured the Cabot Trail several times in my life and it is an experience that NEVER gets old. It is true that it is at its best in the Fall when foliage is in full range of changing colours...wondrous for the eye and mind to behold. Cliffs, mountains, ocean views that are breathtaking. A photographer's dream. A bucket... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

From The Englishtown Ferry to Baddeck, you will not find the scenery like this anywhere else!! The rolling mountains and quaint communities are something spectacular. There are gift shops, restaurants, look offs and more, plus whale watching tours. Sadly, to use the look offs you must purchase a park pass in ingonish. You can do the trail in a day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

Endless beaches rivers hiking trails . We seen moose and a family of whales it was amazing. Margaree is one of my favorite stops along the way. Maryanne falls and black brook beach ad waves like no other.

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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

9 months ago

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