Saturday, June 25 - We reluctantly left Prince Edward Island, vowing to come back again someday, and drove on to our next stop, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. We spent the next 5 days there exploring……..
We were camped at Broad Cove Campground, close to the town of Ingonish, on the east side of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This park, like Acadia NP, has a scenic, perimeter road with wonderful overlooks. Unlike Acadia, it has only the one road – no other interconnecting roads to go from one side to the other- a distance of about 64 miles on a winding road going up and down and around the highland mountains, to the town of Cheticamp on the west side of the park.
The Cabot Trail Road is listed as one of the most scenic drives in North America, and it certainly lives up to its reputation……
With 24 pull-outs and overlooks……and beautiful vistas around every turn…..
And breathtaking view of the ocean to remind you that Cape Breton is an Island, after all…..
The Cabot Trail was named for John Cabot who discovered this area in 1497…….
It was, at first, no more than a footpath that linked the small, fishing communities.
When talk of the development of a National park began in the early 1900’s, Cabot Trail was seen as the primary way that people could access this park and appreciate the beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands. In 1961, completion of paving ceremonies were held.
To fully appreciate this area of Cape Breton, one has to understand the relative isolation that existed on this island prior to the construction of the Cabot Trail………