“Which is the best way to travel around the Cabot Trail – clockwise or counter-clockwise?”
Visitors to Nova Scotia often ask this question so now we've asked Travel Counsellors at each of the six Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centres and the Tourism Nova Scotia Contact Centre as well as fellow Nova Scotians what they would recommend when asked how to experience the best of Cape Breton Island’s famous Cabot Trail. We've compiled their many recommendations here to help those planning a trip around the Cabot Trail.
Meat Cove is picturesque rural fishing village located on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. Adventurers can camp at the Meat Cove Campground with it's spectacular cliff-side location, explore the beach below, go sea kayking, and refuel on hearty chowder from The Chowder Hut.
Stoll along the boardwalk along the sand dunes to reveal a 1.5 km sandy beach bordering on some of the warmest ocean waters in Nova Scotia. Continue walking a bit further down the boardwalk to take in some of the golfing action at Cabot Links, Canada’s first true links course.
Located in picturesque Iona, overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, the Highland Village Museum brings to life Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture, heritage, and hospitality. Experience life as a Gael during your tour of this living history museum and be sure to take part in a traditional céilidh. Sláinte!
Experience an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail from a headland cliff while hiking this mostly level boardwalk in the Cape Breton National Highlands Park. Keep an eye out for whales in the Strait below and for wildlife and the many boreal birds that call the area home. Be sure to pack your camera for this hike.
Having received such accolades as the Best Motorcycle Trip in North America by USA Today, and 20 Roads You Should Drive in Your Lifetime by Business Insider, visitors flock here to experience the breathtaking Cabot Trail. From panoramic roadside look-offs, pristine beaches, and maintained hiking trails, you won’t be disappointed.
One of 16 designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Canada, the Bras d’Or Lake is Canada's largest inland sea, a perfect mix of salt and fresh water. Located in the heart of the Island, sail, paddle, and explore by land the many hidden coves and islands located throughout the lake.
With fall being a beautiful time of year in Nova Scotia, it’s not hard to find a reason to get out and enjoy yourself. Nova Scotia has played host to various Oktoberfest celebrations across the province for decades. The Craft Beer industry in Nova Scotia has been doing some pretty great things, resulting in celebrations better than ever!
While a road trip through the fall colours or heading out in search of the fresh harvest is always one of our favourite things to do during this season, another is to get away to Cape Breton for a round - or six - of golf.
The end of summer in Nova Scotia is just the start of another amazing season. Heading out on a road trip among the bright yellows, oranges, and reds is one of our favourite things to do. Our annual Leaf Watch keeps track of where the leaves look their most colourful and give us inspiration to head out in search of the best fall has to offer. From to a day trip to the Annapolis Valley to pick apples to a weekend getaway to drive the Cabot Trail, there's no shortage of things to do in fall.
But you don't have to take our word for it, find out what our Facebook and Twitter community have to say about their favourite things about fall in Nova Scotia.