Communities along the Cabot Trail

Baddeck & Area

Baddeck, situated along the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes, is a village in bloom from spring to autumn with a kaleidoscope of colours in baskets, boxes and gardens along its downtown shopping core. Baddeck is a bustling resort community boasting 600+ rooms, yet retains the essence of a quaint village. [more...]

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada protects 950 sq. km of magnificent highlands and coastal wilderness. The Park is dominated by an elevated, flat-topped plateau deeply cut by river canyons. An entry permit is required for use of any Park facility, including Cabot Trail sightseeing within the Park, the Keltic Lodge and Highlands Links.  [more...]

Cheticamp & Area

Visitors are met by the unmistakeable joie de vivre of the Acadian people, who share their vibrant culture through a feast of food, music and song in the beautiful French Acadian Region. Speak to local artisans during demonstrations of rug hooking, spinning and wood sculpture. Sample chiard, fricot or other dishes from our Acadian cuisine.  [more...]

Ingonish & Area

The Ingonish area, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia is a destination for all seasons. Be inspired by the breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery whether bathed in sunshine or covered in snow. In the summer, spend days along the sandy shores of Ingonish Beach that offers both saltwater and freshwater swimming. Challenge yourself in the oceans waves in a kayak or unwind under a canopy of trees.  [more...]

Margaree & Area

The Margaree River meanders through the Margaree Valley, leading visitors through splendid pastoral landscapes to its harbour along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River for its natural, cultural and historical value, the Margaree is popular for its salmon, trout and gaspereaux fishing.  [more...]

Pleasant Bay & Area

It's time to set sail! Cruise with the whales and discover the grandeur of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia's rugged coast from the ocean's perspective. Pleasant Bay is recognized as one of the premier whale watching areas on the Cabot Trail. The pilot, humpback, minke and finback are the whales most frequently sited off the coastline of the village and its neighbouring communities.  [more...]

St Ann's Bay & Area

The communities of St Ann's Bay wrap themselves around the natural curve of this inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Marked by dark stands of mixed wood, and always centred on water, fresh or salt, the area is sparsely populated. On first glance, it might appear a little empty...  [more...]

Top of the Island

The Top of the Island comprises fishing villages around the Northeastern tip of Cape Breton Island and offers some of the most rugged and untouched vistas along the Cabot Trail. It was along this wild and remote stretch of the coast that sailors met their fate as their ships ran aground near St. Pauls Island, the graveyard of the Gulf.  [more...]