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.

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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.

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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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