May 31, 2016
Awe-inspiring. Dramatic. Magnificent. Lonely Planet named it one of the best road trips in the world. How would you describe it? One of the most famous drives in Canada, the Cabot Trail is a spectacular highway carved into the cliffs of the Cape Breton Highlands, with views that defy description. And gravity. But that’s only part of your journey in the place we call Cape Breton Island, the place Travel + Leisure magazine named the number one island destination in all of North America. But we knew that already.
Hike stunning highland trails, sail the Bras d’Or Lakes, or watch pods of pilot whales play in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Take a step back in time at North America’s largest historical reconstruction, the 18th century French Fortress of Louisbourg. Explore the largest collection of artifacts and inventions of famous inventor, Alexander Graham Bell—including replicas of the first telephones. Or tee off at any (or all) of the “Spectacular Six”—a collection of six of the finest golf courses in all of Canada. And celebrate all you’ve discovered with Cape Breton Rare, Canada’s only single malt whiskey, from Cape Breton’s own Glenora Distillery.
When your ferry journey takes you to Cape Breton, you’ll find a fascinating mix of Acadian, Mi’kmaq, Gaelic, and Irish culture. Truly, it’s the friendly spirit of the people of this beloved place that will really captivate you. And if you hear the echo of fiddles, be sure to follow the sound of the music and foot stomping. There’s sure to be a ceilidh—Gaelic for party or gathering—at a pub, hall, or somebody’s kitchen nearby.