What to Do, See and Eat on Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail


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Photography by Lora Pope courtesy of Tourism Nova Scotia

We may not be venturing far this summer, but these destinations will transport you, even if it’s just for a day. Next up in our summer road trip series: the breathtaking Cabot Trail.

With everything that has been going on over the past year, it’s no secret we could all use a rejuvenating escape. Luckily, the most awesome points of interest are sometimes close to home. We tapped four guides from across the country to send you on a road trip to remember. From where to eat to what to buy, here’s how to make your next local excursion a truly bon voyage. First, we showed you how to conquer the majesty of Lake Louise, Alberta, explore Sauble Beach, Ont. like a local and discover the wonders of Eastern Quebec. Next up, take in the breathtaking Cabot Trail with travel tips from content creator, Jodi Robicheau.

Photography via instagram.com/jodirobicheau

Favourite things about this spot

“The overall aesthetic and calm feeling of the highlands are what we all need right now. it’s about cruising the winding coastal roads after having hiked a beautiful trail and then enjoying a bite to eat.”

Must-see attractions

“Tenerife Mountain, Salt Mountain and Blueberry Mountain, and then there’s Franey Mountain — it’s a climb, but if you’re looking for a 360-degree view of Cape Breton, that’s the spot. An easier hike is Mary Ann Falls. Explore the variety of trails to appreciate the beautiful and diverse landscape. Skyline trail is popular because it overlooks the ocean. Also visit the smaller towns, like Inverness, Meat cove, Ingonish and Baddeck.”

Photography by Kyler McGregor courtesy of Tourism Nova Scotia

What to check out

“Margaree Harbour Craft & Gift Shop. This place has everything you need — from local books to cozy knits — to fit into highland life. Wreck Cove General Store, on Cabot Trail Road, is picturesque (straight out of an old movie) and has a beautiful mountain backdrop. The Freight Shed, in Baddeck, is a lakeside eatery that offers up delicious local cuisine, from seafood chowder to vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. In Chéticamp, it’s L’abri Café Restaurant et Bar, which looks like someone’s home from the outside. It overlooks the water, and the food is unreal. The menu focuses on local craft beer and fresh food, and it’s a beautiful dining experience.”

What to bring

“I never go without comfortable shoes for walking/hiking and cozy knits, plus a French press and other items to make coffee. It really takes the mountain experience to a whole other level. If you’re a happy camper, bring a tent and camping equipment and immerse yourself in nature.”

Photography by Jaron Felix

Best place for coffee

“My favourite is The Dancing Goat Café & Bakery, which is tucked away in the stunning Margaree Valley. It offers everything from fresh bread to great coffee; it also has a lunch menu.”

How to get there

With its touchscreen display navigation system, cargo capacity storage and panoramic sunroof, the Hyundai Tucson gives good go.

What to pack

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