On this weblog put up, I’ll share my expertise about occurring a street journey throughout Nova Scotia discovering the Cabot Path and Cape Breton on a coastal drive throughout Atlantic Canada.

The journey consisted of first travelling across the Cabot Path and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia earlier than heading over to New Brunswick, then returning to Nova Scotia by ferry to finish a loop route round these two provinces throughout Atlantic Canada.

I’ve break up this street journey into two weblog posts, considered one of them overlaying the New Brunswick road trip leg and this weblog put up overlaying the Nova Scotia street journey part.

On this street journey journey round Atlantic Canada, I teamed up with Scott Tisson from Intrepid Escape. Collectively we visited the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

First, we began our journey within the metropolis of Halifax earlier than making our means as much as Cape Breton after which right down to Hopewell Rocks, travelling throughout the Fundy Coastal Drive.

Then we took a ferry crossing over to Digby to return to Nova Scotia and drove again to Halifax to finish our journey.

Right here is my journey information to visiting the Cabot Path and Cape Breton within the Atlantic Canada province of Nova Scotia.

First arrive at Halifax Stanfield Worldwide Airport, Nova Scotia

Do you know which you could fly on a direct flight from London Heathrow, UK to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with Air Canada and the flight time is simply just below six hours?

This makes it an especially simple and fast jump over the pond to succeed in the beginning of your Atlantic Canada street journey journey.

Because of this, I recommend first arriving at Halifax Stanfield Worldwide Airport, Nova Scotia earlier than making your means as much as Cape Breton, and utilizing town of Halifax as your street journey beginning and ending level.

It’s additionally an ideal location to choose up and drop off your rental automotive for the street journey.

When you’ve collected your baggage and sorted out your automotive rental, head for downtown Halifax and test into your lodge (I’d recommend the Westin Nova Scotian) for the night time.

Then you possibly can discover Halifax for the night, get some relaxation and be able to hit the street in direction of Cape Breton within the morning.

Halifax is an ideal metropolis to discover on foot, make your method to the Halifax Waterfront which is a 4km lengthy boardwalk and is likely one of the hottest and busiest points of interest in Nova Scotia.

If you happen to’re in search of a spot to seize one thing to eat, head to The BG Halifax Beer Backyard, which does fantastic fish and chips with a big number of craft beer and gives wonderful out of doors eating with views of the waterfront.

The most effective methods to get an outline of town earlier than exploring by yourself is to seize the amphibian Harbour Hopper guided tour which departs from exterior the Salter Road car parking zone.

This tour of Halifax by land and sea will take round an hour in size to discover all of the completely different corners of Halifax. It’s additionally an effective way to seize the boardwalk from the water.

Halifax gives so much to guests with treelined streets, eating places, galleries, libraries and museums, inviting sidewalk cafés, waterfront and its historic settings within the busy downtown.

There’s masses to see and discover round Halifax which is the historic and cultural capital of Atlantic Canada.

If you happen to can, I’d extremely advocate extending your keep within the metropolis of Halifax both at the beginning or finish of your journey as in the future merely doesn’t do the place justice.

With extra time in Halifax, you can too discover the city of Lunenburg and the village of Peggy’s Cove that are two different nice choices so as to add to an prolonged journey.

I’ve a complete guide on what to do in and around Halifax, Nova Scotia if you want to take up this selection.

As it is a street journey information specializing in the Cabot Path and Cape Breton, I needed to maintain the information ideas to round every week, so be at liberty so as to add on the ideas above in case you want to prolong your time in Nova Scotia.

Depart from town of Halifax and make your means as much as Cape Breton Island


Now that you simply’ve recovered out of your flight, picked up your rental automotive and explored Halifax the night time earlier than, it’s time to move in direction of Cape Breton Island.

Alive with vibrant tradition and certain by its rugged shoreline, Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island calls out to be explored for all journey seekers.

Earlier than we attain the beginning of the Cabot Path, I’ve just a few ideas of spots price visiting on Cape Breton.

Charlene’s Restaurant for the multi-award-winning well-known seafood chowder


The primary cease on the agenda when you attain Cape Breton is Charlene’s Restaurant for a much-needed lunch cease.

Right here it is possible for you to to attempt the multi-award-winning well-known seafood chowder which may’t be missed!

It is available in a bowl or cup portion measurement (cup measurement was sufficient of a lunch portion for me) and is accompanied by a biscuit and butter which go hand in hand.

This can be a nice household eating expertise with an exquisite native environment loved by many guests fortunate to cross by.

I liked the seafood chowder and the hearty chunky parts of lobster that they didn’t maintain again on; it was scrumptious.

What an exquisite introduction and first meal to attempt in Cape Breton! It’s a tricky chowder to beat and considered one of my all-time favourites. You merely must cease by and take a look at it for your self.

Subsequent cease: journey to the charming village of Baddeck


Journey to the charming village of Baddeck, positioned on the shoreline of the Bras d’Or Lake.

This was the summer time residence of Alexander Graham Bell, who constructed his property right here referred to as Beinn Bhreagh, which is Scottish Gaelic for Stunning Mountain.

Alexander Graham Bell is credited with being the inventor of the phone, and he labored on many different innovations while in Baddeck.

Remember to cease off and go to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a novel exhibition constructing containing fashions and replicas of his innovations.

Right here yow will discover many shows of images, artefacts and previous movie footage, describing the fascinating life and work of Alexander Graham Bell.

Keep in a single day on the Inverary Resort which is throughout the street from the Alexander Graham Bell Nationwide Historic Website.

Positioned in Baddeck, the center of gorgeous Cape Breton Island, this beautiful lakeside resort is an 11-acre waterfront property.

If you happen to’re feeling adventurous, you possibly can lease a kayak from the waterfront location and Lakeside Journey Centre to discover Baddeck from the water.

Behold! The world’s largest fiddle in Sydney


Sydney is often generally known as Metal Metropolis, a significant industrial hub for Atlantic Canada.

Positioned on the shores of the huge Sydney Harbour, Sydney is a well-liked stopover level for cruise ships on the Atlantic Shore.

Don’t overlook to type out a fast stopover photograph alternative on the world’s largest fiddle located in Sydney, in-built recognition of Cape Breton’s musical expertise.

It’s on the way in which to Louisbourg so make sure to not miss out on a selfie with the world’s largest fiddle!

Discover the Fortress of Louisbourg Nationwide Historic Website


Lower than an hour from Sydney is the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the most important reconstruction mission in North America.

The unique settlement was based in 1713 by the French and developed over a number of a long time right into a thriving centre for fishing and commerce.

Fortified towards the specter of British invasion through the turbulent time of empire-building, Louisbourg was besieged twice earlier than lastly being destroyed within the 1760s.

The positioning lay untouched till effectively into trendy occasions when archaeologists started to reconstruct the 18th-century fortress to create its present-day state.

Arrive on the fortress and picture you’ve gone again to dwell within the 12 months 1744!

I’d extremely advocate having lunch on-site on the Restaurant de la Marine which is a novel eating expertise primarily based on what would have been served in 1744.

Then in case you’re feeling thirsty, head in over to the tasting expertise at La Taverne Storehouse which serves Fortress Rum, native beer and cider produced within the native space.

Cease on the Mi’kmaw Interpretive Centre for a cultural demonstration, and test the day by day program for precise occasions.

Then high off your expertise on the Fortress of Louisbourg Nationwide Historic Website by reserving a Fireplace a Musket expertise.

Find out about a soldier’s life within the 18th century after which step into the position your self as you be taught to fireplace a musket.

Every day, a cannon firing will happen at 4:45 pm and you’ll watch a public demonstration happen.

All in all, it’s an exquisite re-enactment expertise which brings historical past to life!

The world-famous Cabot Path, Cape Breton


Depart Louisbourg and head to Ingonish by way of the world-famous Cabot Trail, a coastal freeway described as one of the crucial spectacular drives in North America.

The Cabot Path winds across the rocky splendour of Cape Breton’s northern shore, ascending to the unimaginable plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands Nationwide Park.

This magnificent freeway is carved into the edges of mountains that rise excessive above the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Look-offs supply unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton’s rugged shoreline, the place pods of whales can typically be seen simply offshore.

Proceed alongside the Cabot Path to Ingonish Seashore and cease off at Cape Smokey.

Take your time to discover the Cabot Path, and benefit from the countless scenic photograph stop-off factors and wonderful mountain climbing alternatives round each curvy nook.

Take the gondola as much as the highest of Cape Smokey


Journey to the highest of Cape Smokey on Atlantic Canada’s first and solely gondola.

As soon as on the high, expertise three viewing platforms showcasing wonderful panoramic world-famous views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton Highlands, and the Ingonish.

As soon as on the high, yow will discover an easy-to-follow sign-posted mountain climbing path to get pleasure from within the summertime.

The hike will take you to a viewing level after which onwards to the Ski Lodge Lake positioned 1.6km from exiting the gondola.

Then when you’ve reached the lake you possibly can flip again and return to the gondola. The hike can simply be carried out in underneath an hour.


As soon as again to the Gondola, benefit from the spectacular views from the highest viewpoint and revel in a refreshing regionally brewed chilly beer referred to as Cape Smokey Bohemian Pilsner which went down a deal with after a protracted trek.

So make sure to cease off on the mountain-top snack store, earlier than taking the gondola again right down to the bottom of the mountain.

Additionally they do unimaginable fish and chips in case you’re in search of a lunch spot.

Climbing alongside the Cabot Path – Skyline path


Listed here are six advisable trails within the Cape Breton Highlands Nationwide Park that may be discovered alongside the Cabot Path: Skyline path, Franey path, Acadian path, Fishing Cove path, Aspy path and Center Head path.

For this text, I’ll deal with the most well-liked and must-see hike, the Skyline trail.

The Skyline path has two choices. The primary one is an entire loop which is 8.2km in size and can take you round three hours to finish.

The second possibility is a 6.5km return hike from the Skyline base, so that you reverse your route and stroll again the way in which you got here. It should take you two hours to complete this. The altitude is 290-405 metres.

Each choices are appropriate for many talents and are rated as easy-level hikes.

I’d go for the loop stroll as you possibly can maintain the tempo up a bit and full the stroll in much less time.

When reaching the bottom of the viewing deck, there’s an unimaginable number of viewing platforms alongside the way in which looking on the surrounding shoreline. If you happen to can time your hike with a sundown, even higher!

If you happen to solely have time for one hike in your journey, be certain it’s this one, you gained’t be left dissatisfied.

Keep on the visitor home near the exit to get a full day of mountain climbing in.

Cease off within the space generally known as Ingonish


As you enter the Cape Breton Highlands Nationwide Park, bear in mind to cease on the Ingonish Customer Centre to choose up your park cross and extra mountain climbing data akin to climate studies and urged routes.

Ingonish is residence to rugged headlands, sandy seashores and luxurious inexperienced valleys. It’s a vacation spot spot to get pleasure from amongst all seasons.

The realm generally known as Ingonish is a cluster of 5 small communities on the Cabot Path, nestled between the Nationwide Park, Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean.

From begin to end the world covers 16km, so regardless of the place you keep in Ingonish, you’re solely minutes away from all motion.

Cease off within the French Acadian fishing group of Chéticamp


Proceed alongside the Cabot Path passing by communities such because the French Acadian fishing group of Chéticamp.

Go to Le Centre de la Mi-Carême. Mi-Carême, or Mid-Lent, is a celebration involving masks and disguises.

The Mi-Carême Centre explores this historical custom and contains interactive displays.

Brief theatre items allow glimpses of facets of this wealthy cultural celebration.

Go to the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery & Museum at Les Trois Pignons.

Dr Elizabeth LeFort was the primary particular person on this planet to hook portraits in wool and is understood internationally as Canada’s artist in wool.

A go to to her gallery will reveal images of her “portraits” of John F. Kennedy and Prince Charles and 20 of her different hottest works.

Subsequent alongside the route is the picturesque city of Inverness, surrounded by an impressive valley, main out to the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Guests to this small Cape Breton coastal village actually benefit from the area’s splendour.

A group wealthy in historical past and tradition, Inverness is a one-of-a-kind place filled with hometown delight and can be residence to Cabot Hyperlinks and Cabot Cliffs.

Get pleasure from whisky tasting at Glenora Inn & Distillery


Cease for a spot of whisky tasting and a tour of Glenora Inn & Distillery.

Guided distillery excursions can be found on the hour and final roughly 20 minutes with samples given on the finish of the tour.

This distillery has been recognised as the primary single-malt whisky distillery in North America.

The copper pot stills and distillery traditions imply the whisky they produce on-site might be in contrast with a few of the biggest single malts in Scotland.

Discover the Wolfville space of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia


There are many issues to see and do in and across the Wolfville space of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Spend the day exploring Nova Scotia’s Wine Nation in Wolfville which is completely nestled amongst the vast majority of Nova Scotia wineries within the Annapolis Valley.

Go to the Grand Pré Nationwide Historic Website, one other UNESCO Heritage Website in Nova Scotia.

Take within the wonderful smells of distinctive herbs and fruits on the Tangled Backyard. The property options an in depth herb backyard, a labyrinth, an artwork gallery and a store.

Remember to cease off at Corridor’s Harbour for a lobster feast


Go to the charming little village of Corridor’s Harbour, residence to the one and solely Lobster eating expertise at Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound and Restaurant.

Right here you possibly can go to the Pound and choose and have ready your very personal world-renowned Bay of Fundy lobster expertise.

I at all times go for the Lobster poutine dish which is completed reasonably effectively right here.

A full cup of lobster loaded onto a plate of fries and lined in white hollandaise sauce, it’s a pleasant dish that goes extraordinarily effectively collectively.

Get pleasure from your lobster consuming expertise seated within the waterfront eating room, on the Corridor’s Harbour Lobster Pound and Restaurant the place you possibly can observe the very best tides on this planet out of your seat.

After your go to to Corridor’s Harbour, take a look at the favored Blomidon Look-Off positioned right here on high of the North Mountain, a small roadside cease with a ravishing panoramic view of the Annapolis Valley.

Pattern the world-famous scallops of Digby, Nova Scotia


By taking the ferry crossing with Bay Ferries from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia, you possibly can simply join the 2 Canadian provinces on a street journey.

This implies which you could return to Halifax to finish your street journey round Atlantic Canada and might drop your rental automotive again at Halifax Stanfield Worldwide Airport earlier than flying residence.

The airport additionally has a lodge referred to as Alt Resort Halifax that connects to the airport terminals by way of a bridge making it simple to seize a flight the following day. You may even get a room overlooking the runway and watch the flights take off from the consolation of your room.

Earlier than you head again to the airport, why not cease off for lunch at Digby?

Digby is named the scallop capital of the world, and a go to to Digby wouldn’t be full with out sampling these well-known scallops.

You’ll discover these contemporary and delicate morsels served in quite a lot of recipes and types all through the city’s eating places and pubs.

I went for the Scallops on Ceasar salad at Fundy Restaurant and Bar which gives an outside decking with views overlooking the trawler dock throughout the water.

Remember to cease off in Digby city earlier than heading residence for one final seafood feast.

Thanks for studying about my street journey throughout the Cabot Path and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada


Thanks for studying about my street journey throughout the Cabot Path and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada.

I hope you discovered all of the above data helpful in direction of your street journey planning.

Remember to additionally learn my connecting information about New Brunswick road trip because the route can simply be carried out in a loop across the two provinces.

Have a tremendous time exploring Atlantic Canada and its many scenic landscapes!

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