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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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one of the most spectacular itineraries anywhere !

For more than 4 decades I am a "summer settler" of Cape Breton Island and cannot count how many times I have shared this magnificent itinerary with friends from around the world... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For more than 4 decades I am a "summer settler" of Cape Breton Island and cannot count how many times I have shared this magnificent itinerary with friends from around the world. There are so many "lookout points", short side trips to see water falls, that no matter what the season, nature is endlessly variable and no two trips are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in Baddeck and did the whole drive in one day, including quite a few stops and 2 walks - skyline Walk and Middle Head Walk. Very enjoyable and didn't feel rushed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing ride with beautiful sights. We went in July but were told the best time to go is in the fall because of the beautiful colours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must see trail, breathtaking! The best time is the fall, the colour, colour amazing colour. Good to put in someone's bucket list.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent several days on Cape Breton. We did the Cabot Trail in sections. To try and do the entire road in a day is an injustice. There are too many things to stop and enjoy. The west side of the Trail offers (in my opinion) the more spectacular views. This side is definitely a mountain road. It is not... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We went out on the trail early December just for a drive and the view are great. But nothing was open not a singed bar, restaurant or cafe. Highlight was a slice of pizza at a convenience store

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We were on a tour so drove the tour in one day even with stops along the way and road construction. The coastline is rugged and beautiful, with MANY photo ops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

All the way around Cabot Trail makes for a very LONG day - so we found Warren Lake for a good 2 1/2 hour hike. Clockwise trail: Thru the woods, nice trails, but then, the north side was over boulders (trail is marked) and then on split logs to protect the habitat underfoot. We stopped off at White Point -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We took two days to do the drive around the Cabot Trail so that we could stop often to see all the beautiful sites there are to see. Wow!! It's amazing. We chose to drive clockwise and I don't think it matters much. We were able to pull off easily whenever we wanted to no matter what side of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Nothing more breathtaking than a beautiful drive on a sunny warm day than a drive around the Cabot trail, Cape Breton. Beautiful beaches, scenery that enbeds in your brain and heart. From Smokey mountain to MacKenzie Mountain. Lots of restaurants or nice picnic areas. Very nice coffee places and souvenir shops. Well well worth the trip.

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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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