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The Cabot Trail is a 300 km loop around the northern part of Cape Breton. The trail is named after John Cabot who first sighted C.B. Island in 1497. The trail includes, among others, the villages of Baddeck, Ingonish and the Acadian village of Chéticamp. The C.B. Highlands National Park is also an integral part of the trail. Many travelers allow one day to drive the Cabot Trail. This allows them to take in some of the beautiful vistas, but there is so much more that this route offers. I would suggest a minimum of 3 days.

There are at least 30 hikes along the trail of different lengths and levels of difficulty. They offer beautiful scenery and a chance to appreciate the vegetation of the area.

When our fishermen started to experience problems with the industry, many boat owners introduced whale watching tours. Chéticamp, Pleasant Bay, and Ingonish are places where you can whale watch. Hopefully the excitement of seeing the whales will help you overcome any sea sickness you might experience, as it did in my case.

There are opportunities for kayaking and canoeing all around the trail. For those of you who golf, there are 3 18-hole courses. The Highland Links in Ingonish is the #1 public course in Canada.

You can also cycle the trail, camp, fish and cross country ski in the winter.

There are at least 20 beaches and some swimming holes like the one at Mary Ann Falls.

You will find places like the Gaelic College where Scottish culture is celebrated as well as villages like Chéticamp that maintain French traditions that go back 300 years.

My most recent drive around the Cabot Trail included several hikes, driving the scenic route past Neil's Harbor and another to Meat Cove, the northern most tip of Cape Breton. A visit to Les Trois Pignons, a cultural center that has a beautiful collection of hooked rugs, done in a special manner unique to the area. We stopped at Aucoin's bakery to buy homemade bread and the best cinnamon rolls I ever tasted! And of course, we stopped at every shopping opportunity possible!

Address: North Cape Breton Island
Directions: To travel from Baddeck to Ingonish through to Chéticamp, take the TransCanada Highway 105 west from Baddeck to Exit 7.

To travel from Baddeck to St. Ann's to Chéticamp through to Ingonish, take the TransCanada Highway 105 west from Baddeck to Exit 11.

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Website: http://www.cabottrail.travel

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  • Updated Jul 29, 2007
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