As quoted by the Cape Breton Island Tourist Guide
“The Cabot Trail is more than a magnificent world-renowned drive – it is an experience…. One to delight in…one to be savoured.”
Today we drove the world famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. People come from all over the world to see this beautiful place and it is so close to our home. It has been years since I have been here, and actually David and I have never done this adventure together. This Fall, when the colours are so beautiful we just had to cross it off our list.
The Cabot Trail makes a loop around Cape Breton Island, cutting across the top of the island and closely following the western and eastern coastlines. The road goes up and down steep grades and curves and there are spectacular views! There are so many scenic overlooks, cultural heritage sites, whale watching and hiking trails on the Cabot Trail and it’s hard to decide what to do with limited time.
So, We left the city of Sydney with our thermos of Tim’s coffee, our camera ready and decided to not make too many plans and be spontaneous today.
We left Sydney and started the Cabot Trail at St. Ann’s the English town Ferry wasn’t running today so we drove around. Then it was past North River, and different coves. We just had to stop for a snack in Wreck Cove. When I googled where to see Moose along the Cabot Trail, this little cafe came up. I am so glad we stopped our lunch was delicious and we probably saw the only moose we will see on this trip. Then of course it was up and around Cape Smokey, gorgeous views and then enter the Highlands! We drove out to the Keltic Lodge just to see where it was. Maybe next time we will stay here. It was lovely following the road out through the pines and of course Ingonish Beach is a favourite. I loved this rock and sand beach!!
We took the long way actually the more coastal route to Cape North by way of Neil’s Harbour and White point. I’m glad we did. Cute fishing village and some nice views. We stopped for a bite to eat in Pleasant Bay and then made numerous stops along the way between there and Cheticamp. So many wonderful spots and in a few weeks the colours will really pop! If we had time there are some spots we would like to hike, the Skyline Trail for sure! We did stop at a couple beach areas.
Cheticamp is where we chose to spend the night before finishing up the last bit of the trail. We booked a suite at a lovely hotel right on the water and I’m so glad we did. The sunset was wonderful as sunsets on the west side of the province are known to be. A lobster club sandwich, a nice hot bath in a jacuzzi tub, finishing up my blog and then I’m ready for bed…I’d say it was another great day!