The Cabot Trail, Part I

(To start at the beginning of our recent trip to Nova Scotia, click here.)

When it comes to the Cabot Trail, the winding road that hugs the coastline in Cape Breton, much of it in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, words are a waste. Let’s just look at some pictures!

seal island bridge, sydney river

We crossed the Sydney River by way of the Seal Island Bridge (vantage point: atop Kelly’s Mountain) to reach the Cabot Trail.

Someday I want to go here to see if I can learn Gaelic. Really, I do.

The sky was angry and so was the sea! Can you see a bit of the white house hiding behind that huge spray of water in the lower right photo? (Click on individual photos for larger view.)

Cabot Trail: Anglican ChurchA stand of birch, an Anglican church, and a workshop adorned with moose antlers


Scenes from Neil’s Harbour (I believe).

Meat Cove: much prettier than it sounds. You reach this beautiful spot after a very long (30 minutes or so) drive on a rutted dirt road (only to return the same way). Not much more than a campground (see the little cottages in the foreground of the bottom picture?), it’s worth the drive. They say that on a clear day you can see Newfoundland from this northernmost Nova Scotia community. We weren’t there on a clear day.

Check out all those balancing rock cairns on the rocky beach far below us at Meat Cove.

Why, yes, you can find sand on Nova Scotia’s beaches! (A wee bit, anyway.)

Freshwater Lake, Ingonish Beach

cabot trail shoreJust some pretty Cabot Trail views, even on a rainy, foggy, hazy day

Stay tuned for more on Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail.

6 thoughts on “The Cabot Trail, Part I

  1. Story goes…………….that every time the trucks hauling produce from Bras’Dor to Baddeck over the Seal Bridge went around that hairpin turn climbing up the mountain, some corn or squash, or tomatoes would fall off the truck and roll over the edge. Story goes that every year you could stop there and pick a squash or an ear of corn from plants that rolled off the truck, went to seed, and produced a group of “volunteers” on the roadside.
    So glad you enjoyed our dear CB. No place like it!

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  2. We loved the  Cabot  Trail. We just drifted along and came upon a little b and b in the middle of nowhere,  in a cow pasture. It was delightful.                 Two guests got our their fiddles the next morning and played a little concert for us.  That night we went to a ceilidh, which was also all new and fun. 

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