Perhaps one of Canada's best kept secrets, Cape Breton Island is full of surprises at every turn in the road.

In the words of Alexander Graham Bell "For simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all." You're bound to agree when you visit the Island yourself. It's a laid-back place where Scottish Highland culture still dominates and Gaelic is the first language for many of its older inhabitants.

The northern portion of Cape Breton Island is possibly the most visited. The spectacular coastal scenery, friendly locals and natural beauty will blow you away.

Jump in your RV and drive the Cabot Trail - one of the most scenic drives in Canada. Take your time and venture from the main road to find hidden fishing villages and numerous hiking trails. The 298km long trail completes a loop around the northern tip of the island, encompassing waterfalls, rocky coastlines, quaint villages and sandy beaches. Stop in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, spanning the width of the Island and rising from sea to mountains and back to sea.

At the end (or beginning (depending on your travel direction) of the Cabot trail, the bustling village of Baddeck sits on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes. Alexander Graham Bell had a summer home here and today visitors celebrate his life and legacy at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

Fall brings spectacular colour to the Island and an RV road trip at that time might be well worth considering.

Top 5 Things to Do

  • Drive the Cabot Trail
  • Hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Fish the Margaree River
  • Go Sea Kayaking
  • Visit Historic Sites

Your Heart Will Never Leave

Clinging to the mountains, spectacular vistas beyond your dashboard, one of the world's most scenic drives will have you spellbound. The Cabot Trail will draw you back time and time again - it's a place your heart will never leave.
Video courtesy of Cape Breton Island Tourism

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