The Cabot Trail, located on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia Canada, is one of the top 10 cycling destinations in the world according to Lonely Planet (2010). Famous for its breath-taking scenery, craggy coastline, challenging hills and miles of hiking trails, the Cabot Trail is a must see. Nova Scotia is one of three Atlantic Provinces. It is exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole and touted as North America’s only living Celtic culture. This is especially true in Cape Breton, where the people are proud of their Scottish ancestry and it is not uncommon to hear a word or two of Gaelic spoken. You can explore the Gaelic College in St. Anne’s for more details on Scottish heritage.
Cape Breton experiences four seasons and summers can be short, but warm, with cool breezes. This makes outdoor activities comfortable. For the cyclist, The Cabot Trail is 285 miles of challenging terrain that follows the coastline, drawing one up into the mountains where the elevations are high and can be steep. There are many look offs that afford the visitor memorable, spectacular views. Cyclists will be tested by the long, fast, steep descents down three mountains, which are not for the faint of heart. For those who enjoy hiking, the Highlands National Park has much to offer. You can explore many wooded trails where wildlife, such as moose, can be observed close at hand. Some trails offer pools of water, which are great for an afternoon of salmon fishing.
Accommodations are readily at hand and you can stay at several affordable motels and B&Bs where you’ll be treated to some of the best seafood and cuisine in Canada. This makes travel along the Cabot Trail easy and a wonderful adventure.
This destination has been explored by: Nita