Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail is one of the most epic road trips in all of Canada, measuring just under 300km in length.  The trail winds around Cape Breton Island, through tons of beautiful parks and maritime communities that are worth exploring. 

We put together a list of seven stops that you must take during your Cabot Trail exploration this summer.  Drive this important Nova Scotian route when the weather gets warmer to experience some of the best views and intriguing landscapes our province has to offer!

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A great place to both start and finish your adventure along the Cabot Trail, take in stunning views of the Bras d’Or Lakes and stop over in town for a couple days to try a kayaking tour along this incredible coastal landscape.

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Apply for your free National Parks Pass and hike through one of Nova Scotia’s most famous National Parks during the course of your Cabot Trail adventure. For one of Canada’s most famous views, divert from your travels and explore the Skyline Trail in this area as well!

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If you’re into golf spend a couple days in Cheticamp and visit Le Portage Golf Course during your Cabot Trail adventure. Hike out to the turquoise blue gypsum mines for a swim, or just relax at the beautiful beach campgrounds on Plage St. Pierre.

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Visit the Main Street Restaurant and Bakery for some delicious Nova Scotian lobster, or take a guided wilderness hike through the cliffs and forests that surround Ingonish. Explore the fresh water swimming and white sandy beaches that cover this maritime gem.

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Get an authentic taste of Celtic culture with a visit to the Margaree River Valley during your Cabot Trail journey. Try fly fishing for salmon or trout, and visit the oldest Fish Hatchery in Nova Scotia during your stay in this stunning coastal community.

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The Northern tip of Cape Breton

Very few locals or tourists ever make it to the Northern tip of Cape Breton Island, making it an incredibly remote and untouched landscape that you must try and see! Spend a couple days hiking and kayaking through the rugged landscape in this region for a truly unique travel experience.

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Pleasant Bay

Considered one of the best places in Nova Scotia for whale watching, visitors to the community of Pleasant Bay have been lucky enough to spot the pilot, humpback, minke and finback whales near the coast of this village. Take a walk along the harbour while you’re there, but if you don’t spot anything in the wild just pay a visit to their Whale Interpretive Centre!