Breton Highlands National
from Parks Canada
north from the Trans-Canada Highway, the Cabot
Trail circles the northern section of Cape Breton
Island. The national park is located near the
northern tip, at Ingonish Beach, offering camping,
swimming, fishing, and hiking.
ferry from Newfoundland lands at North Sydney, and
the Trans-Canada Highway proceeds along the
shoreline of several bays, crossing to the mainland
over the Streit of Canso.
dips south, to Truro, and then wanders to Amherst,
and the border with New Brunswick. There are many
opportunities to take short drives to the small
towns on St. George's Bay (inc.uding Havre Boucher,
Tracadie, andPomquet), and on Northumberland Strait
(Pictou, Pugwash, and Northport).
distance from Sydney to Amherst is 252 miles (405
KM), but a nonstop tour of the Cabot Trail will add
a day to your visit.
Scotia, one of Canada's Atlantic Provinces,
is a quiet land of bays and lakes,
picturesque fishing villages, and wonderful
parks. The Cabot Trail is a must-see tour
route, hugging the coastline for almost all
of its journey around the northern peninsula
of Cape Breton Island.
the town of Baddeck (on the Trans-Canada)
where you'll find Alexander Graham Bell's
Canadian home, a national historic park.
Seafood is plentiful along the way, along the
Cabot Trail, in Antoginish, New Glasgow, and
Trans-Canada does not pass through Halifax,
the provincial capital and Nova Scotia's
largest city, but it's only 63 miles
southwest of Truro, and worth
it leads toward New Brunswick, the
Trans-Canada (Route 104) moves inland,
passing Wentworth Provincial Park, with
Amgerst Shore Provincial Park a 30-minute
drive north of Amherst.
next province on this tour is Prince Edward
Island. To get there, cross the border into
New Brunswick. Then turn east onto Trans
Canada Route 16, and cross to the island on
the new 11-mile bridge. You can also take a
privately-operated car ferry to PEI, from
Pictou, Nova Scotia -- a 75-minute