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Address: Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 9022953310
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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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Must see no matter how little time you have

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bakersfield, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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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Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sat by a realtor from PEI on our flight to Halifax. He said we should not miss Cabot Trail and Cape Breton area. We drove up west side, all the way to Meat Cove (trying to see moose but didn't), back down Atlantic side. Breathtaking views. Little traffic, good roads. Foliage was at its peak.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cabot trail, counterclockwise, is a nice trail but not very special. We only had 1 day so we could just drive the scenic route and we were a little disappointed because we expected rugged coastlines, tough roads and beautiful views. We saw churches, nice little towns and a smooth highway. People write enthusiastic about the hiking trails so spent a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A highlight on our trip to see the Fall colours which were just beginning to change. There was a fair amount of construction along the 2 lane highway. There are some high steep hills, and steep descending grades, some farm lands, a few some small towns and villages with fishing as their mainstay: Cheticamp in particular with its French community... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I drove 298 km in one day and the weather changed from sunny to cloudy to rainy and foggy! Be prepared for sudden weather changes. I wished I had booked lodging in two separate points on the trail instead of one, so that I didn't have to finish the whole trail on one day or drive back on the same... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

To say the least; this is an amazing drive.. the best time ; however; for me is in the fall... the colours are so vibrant.. the air crisp and wonderful... the sites ... just unbelievable... many place to take photo's ... so don't stop on the highway..... not good to do... nice cafes on route.... the out of the way... More 

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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

7 months ago

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