Day 2 – August 30, 2014
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Auld Farm Inn B&B
The Cabot Trail is known as known as one of the most beautiful drives in North America…and we wanted to do it in one day. Some people might call that crazy or say we were rushing it, but I knew that it was totally possible and ideal for the short amount of time we have in Nova Scotia. We were up bright and early and started our counter-clockwise trip around 8am, after a pitstop at Tim Horton’s, which should legally be the first step to any road trip. Immediately after taking this picture a crow and a bald eagle started fighting over a discarded piece of pizza. Majestic nature.
The Cabot Trail runs through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and we had bookmarked a hike to do at the beginning and end of our trip, figuring we would be grateful for the chance to get out and stretch our legs. Our first hike was the Middle Head, a 3.8km loop with some rocky sections but the promise of stunning ocean views and it didn’t disappoint.
The hike took us a little less than two hours and when we reached the parking lot we realized it was time for lunch. We turned to google once again, this time looking for a lunch spot in Ingonish and ended up at the Seagull, a small unassuming diner at the side of the road with a killer lobster roll and kickass fish sandwich.
On the road the Cabot Trail was a lot of fun with twisty sections and an abundance of look out points.
We even got the chance to pull off the side of the road and get up close and personal with a moose!
By the time we reached the West coast of Cape Breton we were coming up to 3pm and it was time for hike #2, The Skyline Trail. The Skyline is a super popular trail, roughly 7.5km, but very easy to walk with a crushed gravel pathway. Near the end the path changes to wooden planks and the views are spectacular.