Posted by: Waheeda Harris | September 5, 2013

Exploring by water, by land

Have you heard of the Cabot Trail? Its one of the most well-known features of Cape Breton Island – yet it shouldn’t be done in a day.

The Cabot Trail, which can be driven in six hours, is something that should be savoured instead – and instead of a day trip around the island, should be part of a multi-day exploration.

For those who want to get out of the car – how about kayaking the North River?

NS - North River shoreline

NS - North River

Kayaking with North River Kayak Tours, my group went out on a three hour excursion, stopping at a beach to enjoy chocolate chai and banana bread with homemade jam thanks to owner/guide Angelo, before returning to homebase, which is at the sound end of the Cabot Trail.

NS - North River kayaks

But if land is more your speed – head to the north end of the Cabot Trail to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where you can get a perspective of the Trail from above on the mountain:

NS - CB Highlands Nat Pk

Take one of the most popular hikes – a 2.5 hour exploration that leads from forest to the edge of the sea – the Skyline Hike:

NS - Skyline Trail

NS - Skyline view of Cabot Tr

Which leads you down to the sea – a series of staircases that give you a beautiful view of the northern area of the island and the Cabot Trail:

NS - CB Highlands Nat Pk 3

So why just drive the Cabot Trail? There’s plenty to get the adrenaline pumping outside the car while seeing the different landscapes of Cape Breton Island.

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