Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Canada


The Cabot Trail really lives up to its reputation as one the most scenic road trips in the world. We spent a few days doing the trip and I now understand why people go back year after year.

Besides the many scenic views you can see from the car, there is also hiking, golfing, kayaking and whale-watching. And there are shops and restaurants in the villages that feature artists and musicians.


The trail is named after the Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot). He was on a mission for King Henry VII of England and reached Atlantic Canada in 1497. The trail celebrates the meeting of Cabot and the original inhabitants, the Mi'kmaq at Aspy Bay.


The Cabot Trail is a 298-kilometer loop that was completed in 1932.  It joined isolated fishing villages, and the road still connects Acadian, Irish and Scottish settlements. The signs are in English and Gaelic.


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