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Cabot Trail

Coordinates: 46°29′13″N 60°44′46″W / 46.48694°N 60.74611°W / 46.48694; -60.74611 (Cabot Trail)
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Cabot Trail

Trunk 30
Route information
Length298 km (185 mi)
Major junctions
East end Hwy 105 (TCH) at Buckwheat Corner
Major intersections Route 312 in River Bennet
Route 219 in Margaree Harbour
Trunk 19 in Margaree Forks
West end Hwy 105 (TCH) at South Haven
ProvinceNova Scotia
CountiesVictoria County, Inverness County
Highway system
Trunk 28 Trunk 32

The Cabot Trail is a scenic highway on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.

The Cabot Trail includes all of Trunk 30, as well as the portion of Nova Scotia Highway 105 between exits 7 and 11.[1] Following are some stops along the route, travelling clockwise from the south:

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  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ "Cape Breton Landfall Argument". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site Project. 1997. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16.
  3. ^ Ian MacKay and Robin Bates. In the Province of History. Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press. 2010.

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46°29′13″N 60°44′46″W / 46.48694°N 60.74611°W / 46.48694; -60.74611 (Cabot Trail)