Driving Distance: 160 km | approx. 8 hours of driving.
This morning, you will depart Ingonish to drive along the north shore of Cape Breton Island to Cheticamp. Check your brakes – sharp curves and steep grades ahead – and fuel up before leaving Ingonish. Then travel counter-clockwise (shown here) to catch outside-lane and sunset views.
Stop by at Meat Cove, the most northern settlement in Nova Scotia, it’s one detour off the Cabot Trail you won’t regret taking. The remoteness makes for some incredible untouched wilderness adventures with beaches & mountaintops all ready to be explored.
From here, we head to Pleasant Bay. Pleasant Bay is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Here, you can jump on board Captain Mark's Whale and Seal Cruise and go whale watching. The tour offers a unique adventure along the rugged coastline of Cape Breton Island. You will get to see Pilot, Minke, Finback and Humpback Whales.
Driving further south you come to Skyline Trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of this level trail. Spend some time here and enjoy an eagle's view of the Cabot Trail as it winds its way down the mountain and vehicles look like toys. Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Moose, bald eagles, bears, and numerous boreal birds live in this habitat. Give moose a wide berth. You are required to stay on the boardwalk.
Arrive early evening at the picturesque Acadian fishing village of Cheticamp nestled near the west entrance of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The colorful Acadian joie-de-vivre can be felt throughout this community.
Here, you will learn about Acadian culture, soak up the scenery, including incredible sunsets, and sample traditional Acadian foods. The village offers a variety of recreational opportunities including an 18-hole golf course, whale tours, fly-fishing, deep-sea fishing, sailing/boating, horseback riding and hiking trails.
On your drive the Cheticamp, stop off at Pleasant Bay for a great Whale & Seal Cruise. Our s well as Seals and Bald Eagles. The spectacular rock and cliff formations, sea caves, waterfalls and pioneer settlements are all part of the experience. A hydrophone to hear the whales is also available.
At Cheticamp, we offer you a choice of the 4-star Pilot Whale Chalets with its boast warm and inviting accommodations or Cheticamp Island Cottages on Cape with its tranquil setting and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Cheticamp Island Cottages are the only ocean-front cottage accommodation in the Cheticamp area. Ocean swimming and a sandy beach is only 100 meters in front of the cottages.