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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.
On to The World Famous Cabot Trail we go
Margaree River – bring your fishing rod.
The trail winds in and out of the landscape ahead.
There are plenty of vistas to enjoy along the way.
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.
While in Chéticamp you might see the fleet prepped and ready for the next trip out.
A popular past time with visitors to Meat Cove.
A little colour to help standout.
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, and if you look really closely…
…you might see a pod of Pilot Whales (and the odd seagull or two).
Near Neil’s Harbour.
South Bay in Ingonish. The Keltic Lodge is directly behind me, and the view from there is just as magnificent.
Ingonish Ferry – this is the view at the Knotty Pine Cottages.
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.
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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