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3   in Canada Canada292 KM or 182 Miles

By Sandy67
on September 9, 2011

4.9out of 5

7 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

The Cabot Trail is nearly a full loop in Nova Scotia on Cape Breton island. I added a section of road (the Trans-Canadian Hwy (105)) that makes it a full loop. One suggested way you could do this loop would be to start at Buckwheat Corner. From Buckwheat corner you get on to the Cabot Trail and start out by going west but just stay on it as takes you west over to Margaree and then loops you north up to Pleasant Bay and then east west on Cabot Trail to Nelis Harbour and finally south back down to St. Anne's all on the Cabot Trail. From Saint Ann's, you should head south on the Trans-Canadian Hwy (105) to Buckwheat Corner and you've completed your loop.

A nice town to see and spend the night is Baddeck (ba-DECK) which is just a bit east of the start of the route (start of the route being at Buckwheat Corner). It will take a little over an hour from the Causeway to Baddeck and the next morning it's about a 20 minute ride to the start of the Cabot Trail. It will take you from 3 hrs to, well, several days to cover the distance to Margaree Harbour - it's that beautiful. After Margaree Harbour there are several routes back to the causeway-take your pick.

Scenery

This highway is carved out of mountains and is never far from the ocean. The mountains are not like the Rockies but perhaps similar to the Appalachians,
approx. 500 meters high and heavily forested.

It is a famous road and is easily researched on the internet. Lots of pictures and
travel info there.

Road Quality

It's been a few years since I was there but I don't remember any rough stretches. Many curves and changes in elevation and the never ending ocean vistas.

Roadside Amenities

I only remember some of it but Highlands Links Golf Course is spectacular, and the Keltic Lodge is a quite the resort (We didn't stay there). There is lots of info online.

The island has a Scottish, Irish history (Celtic is pronounced with a hard C.) and music can be found just about anywhere. There is an event in the fall called Celtic Colours which I have never been to but have heard many good things about - the weather may be iffy though.

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By rayzer
on September 14, 2012 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make electra glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

This was a breath taking ride . A must do for your bucket list .

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By Guest
on February 12, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

Motorcycle Type Touring

This route is rated by many as the best Motorcycle ride in Canada

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By Guest
on May 23, 2012 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Drove up to Cabot Trail from Vermont. The ride up there was nice but Cabot Trail was the "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow"! Never forget it. My riding buddies are probably going to fly up there and rent some bikes and do it again as soon as we can scrounge up the funds ;-)

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By Wezbee
on January 4, 2012 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make HD ElectraGlide

Motorcycle Type Touring

I am one of the lucky ones to have this ride in my "backyard" as a local Nova Scotian. My husband and I have rode the Cabot Trail up to 6 times a year, and each trip is unique. There is a reason HOG rates this stretch of highway as one of North Americas top rides over 10 years ago...it is spectacular! As creators and publishers of Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia, we have riden almost every road in the province and I will be submitting more routes in the days ahead. Great website & information for riders to enjoy, will be checking out some routes for us to explore when we go to New York for the Americade in June.

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By MCR Contributor
on December 6, 2011 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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I first rode this about 10 years ago when I was relatively new to motorcycle riding. The drive drastically changed my appreciation for nice motorcycle roads as it was the best riding exprience I had up to that point and showed me how some routes are in a different league. I've taken this route 7 times since then and have made it an annual tradition. You won't find much nicer routes than the Cabot Trail!!

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By Rotten Ronnie
on December 6, 2011 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki KLR 650

Motorcycle Type Enduro

I've done this route twice, and enjoyed it very much.

http://rottenxxxronnie.blogspot.com/2010/10/prince-edward-island-and-cabot-trail.html

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By MWB
on March 27, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

To say the least, riding the Cabot Trail should be on the bucket list for any motorcycle enthusiast! My wife and I made the trip in 2009 and it was incredible! Challenging turns (more than a few hairpins) lots of rolling hills, and awesome scenery (lots of lookoffs along the route). Lots of opportunities for whale watching tours (Pleasant Bay has a couple of tour providers). Between going back to Hawaii and taking another trip to Cape Breton, we'd opt to go on another ride on the Cabot Trail!

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