|Length||298 km (185 mi)|
|East end||Hwy 105 (TCH) at Buckwheat Corner|
| Route 312 in River Bennet|
Route 219 in Margaree Harbour
Trunk 19 in Margaree Forks
|West end||Hwy 105 (TCH) at South Haven|
|Counties||Victoria County, Inverness County|
The Cabot Trail is a scenic highway on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a 298 km (185 mi) loop around the northern tip of the island, passing along and through the Cape Breton Highlands and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
It is named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, although modern historians agree his landfall likely took place in Newfoundland and not Cape Breton Island. Premier Angus L. MacDonald wanted to re-brand Nova Scotia for tourism purposes as primarily Scottish and, as part of this effort, created both the names Cape Breton Highlands and Cabot Trail. Construction of the initial route was completed in 1932.
The western and eastern sections follow the rugged coastline, with views of the ocean. The southwestern section passes through the Margaree River valley before passing along Bras d'Or Lake. The route is within the county municipalities of Victoria and Inverness.
- Baddeck, the location of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
- Chéticamp, an Acadian fishing village.
- Pleasant Bay, site of a bay with whale watching possibilities.
- Cape North, a headland at the northernmost point of the Cabot Trail.
- Dingwall, a small fishing village.
- Ingonish, site of the Keltic Lodge resort and Cape Smokey Provincial Park.
- St. Anns, home of the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts.
- Nova Scotia Road Map (Map). 1:640,000. Province of Nova Scotia. 2019. §§ A-15, A-16, B-14, B-15, B-16, C-14, C-15, C-16, D-14, D-15.
- "Cape Breton Landfall Argument". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site Project. 1997. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16.
- Ian MacKay and Robin Bates. In the Province of History. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. 2010.
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