Map of the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Map and distance around the Cabot Trail

Nova Scotia is 580 km's long and surrounded by four bodies of water - the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with large, ice-free, deep-water harbours. With an area of 55,491 km2, Nova Scotia is larger than Denmark, although somewhat smaller than Scotland, after which it is named. It's average width of 128 km means that no part of the province is far from the sea. Over 80 percent of Nova Scotia's population of 940,888 trace their ancestry either wholly or partly to the British Isles. Those with French origin rank second: 18 percent of residents have some French ancestry. The next largest groups by ancestry are German and Dutch.

The Cabot Trail makes a 185-mile (297-kilometer) loop around a sizeable chunk of the island, passing through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park at its northernmost point. A 367-square-mile (950-square-kilometer), flat-topped plateau cut by deep river valleys, this wilderness is home to moose, black bears, and bald eagles. Mostly, the Cabot Trail skirts the edges of the park, at times clinging to steep ocean side cliffs.  The Cabot Trail loops in either direction, you should allow at lest 8 hours to drive around the Cabot Trail, starting from Baddeck or the Trans Canada Highway, this will give you time for some stops. It is best to have at lest 3 days to enjoy all of what the Cabot Trail has to offer.. When coming from the Canso Causeway, that connects Cape Breton to the mainland, there are three routes by which you can reach the Cabot Trail.

Cabot Trail Nova Scotia

For a scenic drive, take Route 19 along the Ceilidh Trail. This will take you through villages such as Judique and Mabou, home towns of many famous Cape Breton musicians like Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIssac and the Rankin Family. The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou makes a great stop.

For the highway route, keep on the 105 Trans Canada. You will travel through Whycocomagh, " Micmac Native Reserve" before coming to The Red Barn Gift Shop, where you turn left on to the Cabot Trail. Or you could travel through Baddeck "where the Bell museum is found " to the St. Anns entrance of the Cabot Trail.. The Gaelic College makes for a very interesteing stop.