Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces (along with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island), and both its past and its present are tied closely to the maritime life of fishing, shipbuilding, and transatlantic shipping. It became the site of the first permanent European settlement in North America north of Florida. The province’s present name, which means “New Scotland” in Latin.
One of the biggest attractions in this area is the Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is considered one of the world’s most scenic destinations, with stunning ocean vistas, old-growth forests, prehistoric rock scarred by glaciers, and the mysterious Cape Breton Highlands.
Everyone tells you that you should plan for 3 to 5 days on the Cabot Trail – a 185 mile drive around the tip of Cape Breton Nova Scotia passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. We did not plan on this time so we did a one day car ride for 8 hours. Some people ask: Did you take it on the motorcycle? Our reply was: We don’t need to conquer that trail!
The trail was named after Italian explorer John Cabot who reached the shores in 1497, sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England. We enjoyed all the beautiful sites.
We also enjoyed a bird watching boat ride.
Where we could get up close with these guys.
We also enjoyed a beautiful view from our windshield.
Time to move south to Halifax.