“The Cabot Trail is a 300 km long highway in Northern Cape Breton, an area renowned for its spectacular unspoiled beauty. Cape Breton is an island located in the north of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The Cabot Trail was named after John Cabot, the great navigator and explorer who first sighted Cape Breton Island on June 23, 1497. The Trail winds around the northern shore of Cape Breton passing through the magnificent highlands of Cape Breton National Park, one of Canada’s most exceptional wilderness areas. You will find a rare blend of cultures, including Acadian, Scottish and Mi’kmaq, in these parts.”
Just so you know, the winters in this part of the country are brutal , so the back roads can be a little rough on your bike. If it weren’t for my son sitting on the back seat, my beer box would’ve fallen right off after the mounts broke – I hit a really big bump. I had to use bungy chords to hold it on until I could get it repaired back at the HD dealer in Sydney. There are plenty of HD dealers on the way (Moncton, Halifax, & Prince Edward Island) should you require some repairs or maintenance, and also the one in Sydney, Nova Scotia near the Cabot Trail itself. You can stay on the major highways, but you’d sure miss a plethora of delightful scenery – especially along coastal roads.
You’ll find the people that live in Atlantic Canada are famously friendly, so don’t be shy. Of course, you might have trouble understanding the Cape Breton accent – just smile and politely ask them to repeat what they said a bit slower. In no time at all you’ll be talking just like them. Below is a sampling of what you’ll see around the Trail, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, no words can capture actually being there.