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This park was established in 1936 when the government set aside 950 square kilometers of the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. The goal was to protect some of Canada’s most famous scenery, a land of mountains, forest wilderness, windswept coastal beauty and charming fishing villages.

Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton IslandThe best-known feature of the park is the Cabot Trail that draws thousands of visitors every year and is renowned for being one of the most spectacular coastal drives in North America.

Visitors stay on the outskirts of the park at Ingonish, a collection of small villages around two bays on the southeast corner.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Cape Breton & Cabot Trail

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Cape Breton & Cabot Trail, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Cape Breton & Cabot Trail, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Cape Breton & Cabot Trail at its best.

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