Cabots Trail


Highlights

As you hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline you will wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs.  
Keep your eyes open for moose and bald eagles. You might even catch a minke or pilot whale breaking waves in the Atlantic, or Gulf of St. Lawrence. And you’re never far from a steaming plate of local lobster fresh from the ocean around you. 

Explore the park’s 26 scenic trails, from easy forested walks to sloping coastal hikes. Cape Breton Highlands National Park's hiking trails range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands, and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. 

Cabot Trail sightseeing is one of the most popular activities offered by the national park. Numerous look-offs provide ample opportunities to admire the striking beauty of the landscape including a variety of superb beaches. Choose between salt or freshwater or enjoy both! Cabot Trail offers you great culinary experiences from chowder and lobster to traditional oat cakes and porridge bread and even a Craft Brewery.

Immerse yourself in the Celtic culture. Kick up your heels at a local ceilidh or square dance, take part in kilt making or a milling frolic at the Gaelic College of St. Anne’s. Cabot Trail offers you one of the most magnificent loop drives in North America and treats you to the spectacular scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands.

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Itinerary

This afternoon arrive in Halifax.  Transfer on own to your hotel.  Spend the rest of the day exploring downtown Halifax. Walk along the Halifax waterfront boardwalk that follows the water’s edge alongside the world’s second largest ice-free harbour.

Overnight in Halifax, NS.
This morning, pick up your rental car and drive to Beddeck. The village of Baddeck has been described as the beginning – and the end – of Cape Breton Island's world-famous Cabot Trail. Nestled along the shore of the Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton, the town is a favourite stop for sailors and those looking for tranquil beauty in the heart of the island. 

The most famous of Baddeck’s summer residents was Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, who built two homes on his estate he called “Beinn Bhreagh”, Scottish Gaelic for “Beautiful Mountain”. Do not miss the Beddeck Lobster Dinner experience.

Overnight in Beddeck, NS.
One of the main entrances into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish is home to the famous Keltic Lodge Resort and one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, the Highlands Links. At Ingonish, you will find from leisurly stolls to challenging hikes in the Cape Breton Highlands Park. 

Hop on board our Whale Watching Tour or head out with on our Lobster Tales & Scales tour with a lobster crew to learn about lobster fishing.

Stay overnight at the historic Cape Breton resort, the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa.  Located in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with spectacular views of Cape Smokey rising out of the sea. Keltic Lodge is the perfect place to spend the night.  The resort offers great dining and an outstanding cuisine.  The Highland Sitting Room features nightly entertainment, as well as a light pub-style menu.

Overnight in Ingonish, NS.
This morning, you will depart Ingonish to drive along the north shore of Cape Breton Island to Cheticamp.  A picturesque Acadian fishing village, Cheticamp is nestled near the west entrance of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  The colorful Acadian joie-de-vivre can be felt throughout this community. 

You will learn more 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 tour offers a unique adventure along our rugged coastline of Cape Breton Island. You will get to see Pilot, Minke, Finback & Humpback Whales as 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.

Overnight in Cheticamp, NS.
This morning, you will depart Cheticamp for Antigonish, the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia. Rich with Scottish culture, Antigonish is host to the annual Antigonish Highland Games, the oldest continuously running Highland Games outside of Scotland.  

Enroute, you first stop will be Inverness, once an active coal mining town.  Today the town of Inverness is better known as a golfer's dream destination.  Beach lovers will love to visit Inverness Beach, a long stretch of sandy coastline that is popular with ocean swimmers and beachcombers alike. Walk the boardwalk that overlooks the beach from the sand dunes above and be sure to time your stroll to catch one of the gorgeous sunsets over the ocean. You may even spot a pod of Minke or Pilot whales passing by!

Your next stop on your drive to Antigonish will be Mabou is a small rural community located on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  Mabou is known for its living history, the place to be if you wish to listen and dance to Celtic Music, immerse yourself in Gaelic Culture!

Your last stop before heading for Antigonish will be Judique as small village with the Highway 19 running straight through as the main street. The presence of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre makes Judique an essential destination for anyone interested in the island music scene.

Overnight in Antigonish, NS.
This morning, check out of hotel and drive to Halifax Airport.  Drop off your car and fly home.  

End of your Cabot Trail Self Drive Holiday. 
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Inclusions

  • 1 night in downtown Halifax – Delta Halifax or similar.
  • 1 night at Broadwater Inn & Cottages, Beddeck.
  • 1 night at Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, Ingonish.
  • 1 night at Pilot Whale Chalets or Cheticamp Island Cottages, Cheticamp.
  • 1 night at Antigonish Victoria Inn or similar.
  • Rental of Mid-Sized car Volkswagen Jetta or similar.  Upgrades to SUV or Minivan also available for an additional cost.  Driver must be 21 years or older.
  • Unlimited Mileage.
  • Resort Fees & Taxes. 

Exclusions

  • Airfare.
  • Meals.
  • Canada Park Fees - approx. $9 per person x 4 days.
  • Travel Insurance - recommended.  We require Travel Agent to secure a signed Waiver in the event client declines your offer to sell Travel Insurance.  
    DMCi will require Travel Agent to provide us the signed waiver when required as a part of the Terms & Conditions of Contract.
    DMCi sells Manulife Travel Insurance.  Please check with us for rates. 
  • Collision Damage Waiver & Theft Protection for the rented Car and Roadside Assistance not included in package cost.  Same is available at an additional cost.
  • Young Driver Surcharge - Drivers age 21 and 24 are required to pay CAD 25.00 plus taxes, per day at the time of rental pick up.
  • Gas for the vehicle.
  • GPS, Child Seats, Racks, etc.
  • Parking & Tolls.
  • Bottled Water
  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out charges.  Charges will apply.
  • Optional Tours & Admissions.

Accommodations Featured


DestinationHotel
HalifaxDelta Halifax
Beddeck
Broadwater Inn & Cottages
Ingonish
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa
Cheticamp
Pilot Whale Chalets or Cheticamp Island Cottages
Antigonish
Antigonish Victoria Inn
Should the listed hotels not be available, it will be replaced with alternate accommodation of a similar quality.


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Tariffs

Room Configuration Beds Occupancy
TWIN or
SINGLE or
TRIPLE
QUAD
TWIN + 1 YOUTH + 1 CHILD
TWIN + 2 CHILD

For more information on Rooming and how rates apply, please refer to Important Notes

Optional Tour

  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Beddeck.
  • Lobster Tales & Scales Tour at Ingonish.
  • Whale & Seal Cruise, Pleasant Bay.
These optional tours can be booked with our package. Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for rates.

Notes about this Tour

Operation Info

YearDates
2021May to October
Blackout dates apply. Please check with us.  

Note - Operation of this tour is subject to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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