Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Oct 8th: Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail is one of the premier scenic highways in North America. The Trail is 185 miles in length, but it takes a good 8 hours to do the entire loop. We began our adventure bright and early at 8:30am on a beautiful sunny morning and drove counter clockwise. At this time of year the mountain, trees and trails are ablaze with scarlet and gold colored leaves with the blue backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of St Lawrence made for a beautiful scenic drive. The highlight of the drive is the portion through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a roller-coaster ride over forest-clad mountains and spectacular vistas; the park is ideal for hiking, camping and wildlife watching. The first stop was the St Ann’s Gaelic College, unique in North America, founded in 1938 as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language and Celtic arts and culture of immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. Continue reading