Fast Facts

Location: In the northern tip of Cape Breton Island of Nova Scotia
Time to Visit: June to September
Preferred timings: Daytime
How to Reach: By Trans Canada highway 105
Nearest Railway Station:Stellarton
Nearest International Airport: Halifax
Duration of sightseeing: 5 days

While following the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, Baddeck Village, do not forget to visit Baddeck Village. The hometown of Graham Bell, inventor of telephone, is a significant destination. Home of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of telephone, this village is famous for its art galleries, historic sites and picturesque waterfronts.

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia gives an unparalleled opportunity of hiking, whale watching, and sampling the best sea foods all at the same time. Simultaneously you come across the most hospitable communities, and sight the most fabulous landscapes. The Cabot Trail in the northern tip of Breton Island in Nova Scotia is a stretch of 185 miles.

Surrounded by the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the north, Northumberland Strait in the North West, Bay of Fundy in the west and Atlantic Ocean in the south and east, Nova Scotia is an elongated land mass extending about 363 miles from north to south and 80 miles from west to east. Being narrow, the sea is accessible from almost everywhere in the island. Approach Cape Breton Island by driving down scenic Trans Canadian Highway 105. Along this highway you would cross Micmac Native Reserve and The Red Barn Gift Shop. Alternatively, you could journey through Baddack, site of Bell museum, upto St. Anns at the beginning of Cabot Trail.

Cabot Trail history had its beginning with the Micmacs, the first inhabitants of this region of Cape Breton Island. The Micmacs or ‘kin-friends’ loved in scattered groups throughout the island. After explorer John Cabot’s discovery of this Canadian island in 1497, Europeans mostly Scottish, Irish, English, and French started settling in this island. Most of these European settlers were escaping from persecution in their homelands.

The most prominent destination of this circular 185 miles trail is the Cape Breton Highland National Park. This exceptional wilderness of Canada is a colorful display of bogs, tundra and coniferous woods inhabited by moose, bear, and bald eagles. You can discover this 950 square kilometers national park through 25 trails varying from gentle 20 minute strolls to challenging hikes through mountains. Apart from the trails Cape Breton Highlands National Park is also a renowned camp site with 6 campgrounds. This national park can either be entered from Cheticamp on the western edge bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence, or Ingonish in the South East section of the trail.

Skyline Trail of 7 km is a magnificent stretch overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence and passing through forested lands. In the gulf look out for whales, while in the forests keep an eye for the moose. The Fishing Cove Trail of approximately 16 km follows the Fishing Cove River to its mouth in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Here you could spend time swimming or fishing for trout. The Lone Shieling trail though about a kilometer in length is famous for its forests dating back 10,000 years. Discover barred owls and great horned owls in these forests. Other noteworthy trails include Uisge Ben Falls, Cape Smokey Trail, Clyburn Valley Trail, Warren Lake Trail, and John D. and Lobster Lake Trail.

Related Links : To find out the exciting picturesque views that you will encounter during your Cabot Trail, watch this slideshow! It beautifully catches the pristine beauty of the place. To check out the beautiful village of Baddeck, a place you must visit during your Cabot Trail, watch this video!

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