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Sprawling coastline and mountainous vistas!
Mention Cape Breton or “Cabot Trail” to travellers – and for the lucky ones in the know – you’ll witness them get visibly excited.
It’s a natural paradise – and we will take full advantage.
There is a reason it is rated as the Best National Park and Best Scenic Drive in Canada by USA Today and the #1 Island in the Americas by Conde Nast in 2019.
Drive the legendary road-tripping road the Cabot Trail and soak in the scenery
Experience as much as Cape Breton Highlands National Park has to offer
Enjoy a sunset hike at the world renowned Skyline Trail
Wildlife watch – looking for moose at every opportunity
Swim in an abandoned gypsum mine
Enjoy local delicacies like Acadian Meat Pies, Lobster and other fresh seafood
The Cabot Trail is the name of an epic road-way we explore.
It runs along the coast-lines of Cape Breton. It also winds through through lush, forested river canyons across Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
There’s more than 160KM of coastline to drive and explore.
Along the drive there are many scenic look-out points, and capes and coves to explore – some within the National Park and others around it.
White Point is just outside of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is one of our favourite areas to walk around and explore.
The views at White Point are otherworldly – dramatic stony coastlines and Atlantic scenery.
We also recommend taking time at the old French fishing village before making our way there.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park – 950 square kilometres of pure beauty!
It is a large protected wilderness area with tons of wildlife.
There are also a variety of hiking trails – ranging from a short stroll to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts.
Skyline Trail at sunset is one of those bucket list type things that is 100% worth doing.
Beautiful scenery, a short but gorgeous walk to get there and back – and some nice benches to post up as as you soak it in.
Having three nights in Cape Breton helps us get the best opportunity for good weather to be able to enjoy it.
Franey might be the hike that gets you the best views on the Island.
There is a reason why it was on the cover of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park guidebooks frequently.
It is definitely a climb and beyond well worth doing. We are sure you can pull it off – but if not there are alternative walks nearby with good places to relax when done.
There is an old abandoned gypsum mine lake that is great for a swim.
You can also get stunning views of the forest, and the mine itself from above.
Wildlife is plentiful in Cape Breton Highlights National Park.
There is a large moose population – with over 4K in Cape Breton. Great opportunities are available at Skyline.
There are 40 species of land mammals in northern Cape Breton. Some of interest include coyote, and snowshoe hare.
There is also the Canadian lynx – although it is at risk.
Marine mammals such as harbour seals and pilot whales are found in the water adjacent to the park.
Keep your eyes open!
Throughout the National Park there are many capes and coves, along with viewpoints.
We will definitely be stopping and taking a look.
Some have surf that are great fun to swim in.
One has a beautiful waterfall right near a nice picnic area that is perfect to hang out at.
The people of Cape Breton are incredibly friendly and welcoming.
Their roots and history for many is from Scottish immigrants that settled here during the Highland Clearance.
There is traditional fiddle music aplenty. It's not a good night out until the Mull River Shuffle plays!
There is a large Acadian population who have a completely different culture and rich history. They have their own language Acadian French, with a unique dialect Chiac in many areas. We will stop by some of their towns including Cheticamp.
Mi'kmaq and Scottish Gaelic is also still spoken in some communities
One important note: Never tell a “caper” that the “island” is a peninsula and not a real island. It has never gone over well.