The Cabot Trail is unquestionably one of the most scenic drives on the planet, but it is much more than a drive. To truly experience the splendour of it all, venture from the main road onto spectacular hiking trails, and off the beaten path into colourful fishing villages that hug the coast. Kayak along the coastal waters, take a whale watching tour, or visit an artisan studio.
One of Canada’s most enchanting places, where the mountains meet the sea, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a vast region that protects majestic plateaus, deeply-cut river glens and spectacular ocean scenery. Take a sunset hike on the Skyline Trail, Learn to Lobster Boil, or take a Parks Canada Perfect Picnic with an incredible view.
Hike meandering trails through old growth forest stands, hug highland mountaintops, or traverse to the base of a stunning waterfall. With so much coastline, there are many seaside trails that offer expansive ocean views, such as the popular Skyline Trail which leads to a breathtaking headland above the Atlantic. Please respect your surroundings and follow the proper Trail Etiquette.
Whether you prefer hiking deep into the woods to pitch a tent or pulling into a campsite by car, one thing is certain, you will be amazed by one of our 5000-star camping accommodations. For something different, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park has oTENTiks – part tent, part cabin – and a Cocoon Tree Bed, while some operators have yurts and treehouses.
The shores hugging the Cabot Trail are teeming with sea life and present one of the best locations in Nova Scotia to experience a close encounter. Cape Breton’s whale watching captains bring you in close so you can say hello to the Atlantic Ocean’s gentle giants: pods of friendly Pilot and Minke whales, great Humpbacks and Finbacks, as well as dolphins, porpoises, seals and many other marine wildlife.