This is for all you active adventurers out there- Visit Cape Breton! Seriously, you will not regret it. I knew this area in northern Nova Scotia is known for many active adventures, especially cycling on the famous Cabot Trail, but I had no idea how great it would be. I just got back this week and I have to say that my trip was near perfectly timed with the fall colours. Don’t just take my word for it, have a look at these photos:
My plan was to explore and get active and that is exactly what I did. Although, after a six hour drive from Halifax adventures were the furthest thing in my mind and I was extremely happy to relax in a cozy B&B with my own fire place. Priceless! The next day though involved some cycling on the Cabot Trail and around. If you are not familiar with the Cabot Trail, it’s a roughly 300km circular route in Cape Breton and it’s also quite spectacular road trip destination. There are two things you need to know about this road; hills (BIG hills) and views.
Cycling downhill is extremely fun and I got to go down several kilometres at a time -and I am not exaggerating, some of the downhill sections were 2-4km long! Cycling uphill though..uhh, not my favourite but of course there is no way around it. Except walking, which is what I did when faced with a 500m steep climb. Cycling along Ottawa’s Rideau canal did not quite prepare me enough for these hills. Whether it’s uphill or downhill, the views are great! There are, however, quite long sections with nothing but forest around but luckily for me it was time for stunning fall foliage so even that was amazing. When you do get to cycle with views of the ocean it’s worth every uphill.
Cycling is by no means the only activity that Cape Breton is good for. I fell in love with kayaking and cannot wait to do more! There is so much stunning coast line to kayak that the only problem is deciding where to go. When I went out it was getting a bit windy so I didn’t go too far out to the sea but still had lots of fun in the calmer waters of a sheltered cove.
Much of this beautiful land area is actually the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are many nice hiking trails inside the park but for a little more off the beaten path (literally) hiking I highly recommend exploring the north of the island. Stunning ocean views and some hikes are a real challenge! I have to admit though, my favourite hiking trail is inside the national park and it’s probably the most well known hiking trail there; the Skyline Trail. So amazing! The views are surreal, like in many parts of Cape Breton. Such simple beauty; ocean, highlands and rocky cliffs. What more could you ask for?