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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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There are three top rated ocean-view roads in the world.

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 years and have done the Trail many times. If you can have a "spirit place"... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 edge are spectacular all along. For those stopping to take a closer look at the... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 Ocean on one side and mountains on the other side of the road. The landscape... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stop is well worth it. Start early in the morning to take the time to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 13 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 Trail and chose to visit the Northern part of the trail all the way to... More 

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Reviewed 12 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 return again.

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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.

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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 we look forward to going back again very soon. Make sure you drive the whole... More 

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

First time visiting this beautiful part of the world. Heard about this trail from someone else on a bike and said it's a must do. So we did it. First off its 120 miles of the most stunningly beautiful coast line and roads you will see. Gas up first before hitting the trail, we didn't see many gas stations but... More 

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Arviat, Canada
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

There's not a lot to say about the Cabot Trail that hasn't already been said! Great drive with lots of hills and twists and turns to keep it interesting. There are some great campsites on the way, lots of restaurants, craft shops, artisan workshops, etc. Spectacular views to be found and lots of great hiking and outdoor activities.

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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

over a year ago

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