The Cabot Trail is considered one of the world's most scenic destinations, with stunning ocean vistas, old-growth forests, rock scarred by glaciers, the mysterious highlands.
Cape Breton Island is easily accessible by air, land or sea. Once you arrive, you will understand that this winding scenic Trail offers lots of things to do and see during each season.
A visit to the Cabot Trail is a multi-day (3-5 days) experience. Enjoy our culture, our music, and countless outdoor activities. Participate in our festivals, our special musical events, the ceilidhs, and kitchen parties that happen all around the Cabot Trail. To replenish yourself, enjoy fabulous local seafood at our great restaurants.
The Cabot Trail: Cape Breton Island is rated the #1 Island to visit in continental North America
— Travel & Leisure Magazine
Our high-season festivals begin in May with the Cabot Trail Relay Run, and end in October with the Cabot Trail Writers Festival, the Celtic Colours International Festival, and the harvest-season Huckle Buckle Festival. In between, there are food, sporting, music, hiking and cultural festivals all around the Trail.
In winter, enjoy snowmobiling on tended trails that link the Trail communities across the Highlands. Cross-country ski on groomed trails at the North Highlands Nordic Centre in Cape North or Ski Tuonela at Goose Cove, downhill ski at Ski Cape Smokey, or snowshoe on countless trails in every Cabot Trail community. Many of the communities along the Trail feature outdoor skating rinks, and you'll find good ice on still ponds and ocean inlets. Once the bays have frozen solid, there's even the chance of ice fishing. Everyone can find something to do during the Victoria County Winter ActiveFest in February and March, and you can finish out the spring with la Mi-Carême in Chéticamp.
Lobster is a specialty in many restaurants along the Cabot Trail, as fresh local seafood can be found in all communities. Look for crab, oysters, mussels, clams, scallops, and mackerel, all raised or caught locally. In the case of clams and mackerel, you might even "find" your own!
The artisans of the Cabot Trail are unique and awarding-winning. World-renowned crafters at Leather Works and Glass Artisans in St Ann's Bay are just some of the skillful people whose workshops you can visit on the Cabot Trail.
There are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure around the Cabot Trail. In addition to those winter activities, you can also try hiking, kayaking, whale watching, horseback riding, boat touring, swimming, and shore-side water sports. But there are other options, for rainy days, lazy days, days off!
If you'd rather relax and enjoy the views, visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park for some of the Island's most spectacular scenery. Or if you prefer something a little more lively, tap your toes to some Cape Breton Celtic music, which can be enjoyed at festivals and events around the Cabot Trail.
After long full days of exploration and adventure, check in to one of our many and varied accommodations. Our cozy inns, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, motels, camping cabins, and five-star resort suites will offer you a comfortable place for a restful night's sleep.
The Cabot Trail offers you a journey that you will want to savour again and again.