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Sunrise to Sunset. Cabot Trail Cape Breton Photo Essay

Author Martin Wigginton
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The Cabot Trail is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, and it isn’t hard to understand why.

The following photos were taken on a recent trip clockwise around the trail. From the starting point near Baddeck we circled the trail over the course of a day July 2013. You might find yourself wanting to follow the same path this summer once you get a sense of the beauty that lies along the way.

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On to The World Famous Cabot Trail we go

Cabot Trail Cape Breton
Cabot Trail Margaree River
Margaree River – bring your fishing rod.
Cabot Trail Cape Breton
The trail winds in and out of the landscape ahead.
Cabot Trail Cape Breton
There are plenty of vistas to enjoy along the way.
Chéticamp Cabot Trail
Chéticamp – the first major centre along the trail. Stop for a coffee and to stretch your legs. You enter the Cape Breton Highlands National Park shortly after leaving here.
Chéticamp Boats Cabot Trail
While in Chéticamp you might see the fleet prepped and ready for the next trip out.
Meat Cove Cabot Trail
Meat Cove
Meat Cove Kayaking Cabot Trail
A popular past time with visitors to Meat Cove.
Meat Cove Cape Breton
A little colour to help standout.
Dingwall Beach Cabot Trail
It isn’t all rock and steep cliffs. Some of it reminds you of more southerly climes. This is the beach near Dingwall – you have to park and walk a little, but it’s worth it.
Scotch Cove Cabot Trail
Scotch Cove, and if you look really closely…
pilot whales in Scotch Cove
…you might see a pod of Pilot Whales (and the odd seagull or two).
Near Neil's Harbour Cape Breton
Near Neil’s Harbour.
South Bay in Ingonish
South Bay in Ingonish. The Keltic Lodge is directly behind me, and the view from there is just as magnificent.
Ingonish Ferry
Ingonish Ferry
Ingonish Ferry view at Knotty Pine Cottages
Ingonish Ferry – this is the view at the Knotty Pine Cottages.
Cape Smokey
Cape Smokey – this shot was taken on a previous trip to the Island, but gives a good indication of just how high up you are when you ascend into the Ingonish area.
Sunset at Baddeck Cabot Trail
And we return to the Baddeck area in time for a beautiful sunset.

Something to consider if you are planning to visit Cape Breton (and I’m sure it’s on your list now) is that you are going to enjoy the journey and the adventure much more if you break up over a few days or more.

There are numerous places to explore, and the trails in the park are second to none. This series of photos has just barely scratched the surface of what you can find if you take your time… so slow down and enjoy the journey.

Have you visited the Cabot Trail? Do you have another place that’s special? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

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Daniel Ross April 3, 2015 - 7:51 am

Beautiful shots and accurately documented! I spent lots of time on the Cabot Trail and recognized most of the locations. I shared so the incoming motorcycle enthusiasts can get excited about NS! Thank you so much for letting us all enjoy and share! I find the Margaree Valley is almost magical it’s so beautiful. It’s all so awesome! Can’t wait for the snow to melt to let me ride there again!

Jenna July 8, 2014 - 12:43 am

Gorgeous photos! I really love the one of the kayaks. Looks like a great area–I would love to make a trip up there one of these days!

Martin July 21, 2014 - 10:11 am

No time like the present Jenna. It’s also beautiful in the fall, so you still have lots of time this year to make the trip.

: )

Thanks for stopping by.

Vanessa July 4, 2014 - 9:17 am

Beautiful pictures! I grew up on Cape Breton Island, with family in Cheticamp, and I can highly attest to the delicious food of the area!

Martin July 21, 2014 - 10:13 am

There sure is some great food in the Cheticamp area. Once again, if you’re going to enjoy the trail take your time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon M July 4, 2014 - 8:54 am

I’ve always wanted to visit the Cabot Trail. These photos were really beautiful!

Martin July 31, 2014 - 9:46 am

These are just a few of the great things to see on the trail and in Cape Breton. BTW – the fall colours are beautiful, and will add a wonderful dimension to your visit. : )

Thanks for stopping by and viewing.

frances July 4, 2014 - 6:02 am

Thank you for including the villages off the Cabot Trail. They have so much to offer.

Martin July 31, 2014 - 9:51 am

You are absolutely right Frances. There are lots of great places to visit on the trail, and I wish we could have visited them all, but I suppose you have to leave something for next time.

Thanks for visiting, and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Helen Anne Travis July 3, 2014 - 12:53 pm

These are great photos. Nice work Martin!

Martin July 21, 2014 - 10:14 am

Thanks Helen. : )

elaine schoch July 3, 2014 - 11:47 am

I haven’t done this trail yet, looks amazing.

Bev July 1, 2014 - 9:44 pm

I’ve done the Cabot Trail and stayed at the Keltic Lodge (which I highly recommend). Lovely photos.

Megan Kennedy July 1, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I love the colour of the rocks in Meat Cove. After seeing your photos, it would be easy to spend a couple of days or more exploring the trails. It looks like a lovely trip.

Martin July 2, 2014 - 4:50 pm

You are certainly right about that Megan. There are so many trails that you can hike within the Park that a few days would still have you wanting to come back to explore more. I hope that one day you get the chance to visit for yourself, and share your experiences with us here.

Lauren Bassart July 1, 2014 - 1:32 pm

I’ve never heard of this trail before. After seeing your photos, now I need to hike it :) Beautiful!

Martin July 2, 2014 - 4:53 pm

You will certainly enjoy the many trails and gorgeous scenery when you visit Cape Breton. It is such a special place. Be sure to share your experiences with us when you get back. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Britany July 1, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Looks like a lovely place! I love the shot of the little red barn. :)

Martin July 2, 2014 - 4:56 pm

And the pictures don’t do it full justice either. : )

Thanks for stopping by.

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