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Cabot Trail

Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages.

Plan several days to experience the journey of a lifetime along one of the world’s most scenic drives—you’ll need it.

The Cabot Trail

The Open Road is Calling, It’s Time to Answer.

If you’ve got a few days, we have a few hundred things to see and do. Fresh local seafood. Ancient coastlines. Land-loving activities and seafaring adventures—all waiting to be discovered.

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    Meander through old growth forest stands. Hug highland mountaintops. Discover hidden waterfalls and claim secluded beaches. The path less traveled? We have a few dozen of those.

  • Multiple tents pitched on a hill overlooking the ocean at sunset

    Places to Stay

    Across the Island’s varied landscapes and stunning seascapes, you’ll find a home away from home nestled somewhere between seaside cottages and mountainside retreats.

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    Places to Eat

    A culinary capital of our own right. World-class shellfish, netted right off the shores of the North Atlantic. Sustainably farmed and locally grown ingredients with big flavor.

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    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Majestic plateaus. Lush boreal, Acadian, and Taiga forests. Deeply-cut river glens. Endless ocean views. Heaven is a place on earth, and it’s The Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island that shows the Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail makes a 185-mile (298-kilometer) loop around a sizeable chunk of the island, passing through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park at its northernmost point.

The Cabot Trail loops in either direction, starting from Baddeck or the Trans Canada Highway, this will give you time for some stops. It is best to have at least 5-7 days to enjoy all of what the Cabot Trail has to offer.

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Glass Blowing Experience

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: North Shore

The experienced glass blower shows you how to make a piece then guides you make it. The next day when the glass comes out of the kiln you ge...

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park Updates

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Outdoor Adventure, Uncategorized

Parks Canada is working with Destination Cape Breton Association, Tourism Nova Scotia, and other partners to keep visitors informed and safe.

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Fall Colours on the Cabot Trail

Wind your way along our coast, on one of the world’s most famous drives. Carved by waves and coloured in colours. Vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges bring breathtaking scenery to life. Plan a week or more to enjoy every moment.