Autumn Colours on the Cabot Trail

Exploring the Cabot Trail: Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

When in Cape Breton, you have the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful areas of the world, The Cabot Trail. Frequently topping international media’s “best of” lists, the Cabot Trail is considered one of the world’s best day trips for hikers, kayakers, cyclists, motorcyclists and road-trippers alike.

When setting out on the Trail, you can choose to go clockwise or counter-clockwise. Your choice could be based on weather, planned lunch stops or other factors, but there isn't a wrong way to travel the Cabot Trail. The best advice we can offer is to give yourself some extra time and drive it in both directions!

Our Thoughts:

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Clockwise

A morning’s drive through the Margaree Valley to the ocean is what you’ll have in store as you wind your way towards Chéticamp and the shores of The Northumberland Strait. This allows for the drive down Smokey Mountain's tight turns, opposed to the driving up the mountain.

Insider's Tip: This route makes you feel like you are hugging the mountains, which can be less intimidating for those scared of heights.

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Counter-Clockwise

Others prefer to travel on the side of the highway closest to the ocean and viewing vistas. In those cases, counter clockwise is recommended. This route will bring you to Cape Smokey, Ingonish and Meat Cove and features scenic look-off areas, accessible from both sides of the highway.