Three days on the Cabot Trail

The best parts of this Cape Breton experience are the village stops along the way

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Published in Forever Young in October 2016

The world famous Cabot Trail is arguably Canada's most beautiful drive - a 298-kilometre smoothly paved scenic roadway that forms a loop around the northern part of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island.

Travellers can't help but blink in wonder at its blazing technicolour vistas - the shining emerald hues of the hills that roll into the forever distance and the shimmering blues of the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean that border this iconic route.

Yes, you can stay in your car and do the drive in a speedy four hours. But that would be missing the point. The point being to go slow - slow enough to properly store its coastal views and highland scenery in your memory bank.

Life is more interesting off the beaten path and that's especially true on the Cabot Trail, where three days of stopovers in the villages of Baddeck, Ingonish, Cheticamp and Margaree offer the chance to explore the abundance of beaches, museums, lookouts and trails on this coastal playground which boosts world class hiking, golfing, fishing, whale watching, sailing and kayaking.

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