Cabot Trail

Posted on August 23rd, 2011

The Cabot Trail winds its way northward from Baddeck on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, through the Acadian town of Cheticamp, into Cape Breton Highlands National Park and along the sea to Pleasant Bay. It then turns eastward in the park to Neil's Harbour. Our drive on the trail ended at Neil's Harbour, but the trail continues southward along the coast through Ingonish ultimately arriving back in Baddeck.
Alexander Graham Bell selected Baddeck for his Canadian residence. He built his home overloloking Bras d'Or Lakes, a saltwater inland sea. The reason he selected this site was in his own words: "I have travelled the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all."

Bell's daughters donated items from his inventions and life to Canada on the contention that they build a museum in Baddeck. A visit to the museum is a must for anyone touring the Cape Breton area.
We stayed two nights in Cheticamp along the Cabot Trail. Cheticamp is a delightful, colorful village on the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Acadian Culture is strong in Cheticamp with the brightly colored homes, restaurant and nightly entertainment. For more information on Acadian Culture click here.
North of Cheticamp we entered Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The photos below show some of our stops in the park. The first one shows the small town of Pleasant Bay. The second and third photos show scenes from our 45 minute hike along MacIntosh Brook. The last is a shot of the lighthouse at Neil's Harbour.

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