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Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail in Canada is a loop of highway, approximately 300 km (185 mi.) long, which winds through the scenic highlands of Cape Breton Island in the province of Nova Scotia. It was named after the explorer John Cabot. Construction was completed in 1932; the highway has been considerably improved since those earlier times.

The northern section of the Cabot Trail passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The western and eastern sections follow the rugged coastline, providing spectacular views of the ocean.

Villages along the Cabot Trail include:

  • Chéticamp, an Acadian fishing village famous for its hooked rugs and unique fiddle music
  • Ingonish, one of the first areas settled on Cape Breton
  • Baddeck, the gateway to the Cabot Trail and the location of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site



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