We woke up to a beautiful sunny day, perfect to do the Cabot Trail which is a 297 km loop around a sizeable chunk of the island and passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park at the northern point. We began the trail near South Haven and stopped to admire the white cliffs, then travelled through forested areas with glimpses of coastline.
Along the way we stopped at a glassblower's studio and store - the glass was amazing and well priced.
Stopped along the Atlantic side of the island and enjoyed the sparkling waters and beautiful coastline. You can also see jet streams in this photo - it is not uncommon to see a dozen across the sky from planes heading to Europe.
While crossing to the other side of the island through the National Park, we stopped at Lone Shieling which has a short trail through a forest that was never cut by the early settlers in the area and has old growth forest. The trees here are much, much smaller than those in BC but we enjoyed the beauty. We saw this replica of a Scottish crofter's house set in the woods.
Mike and I along the Lone Sheiling trail.
As we were crossing over flat-topped plateaus cut by deep river valleys, we came around a sharp corner and spotted this female moose, munching on the tree leaves. She was very calm and did not mind having her photo taken.
Here we are on the Gulf of St. Lawrence side and stopped at one of the many "look offs" with unforgettable vistas of Cape Breton's rugged coastline.
At the next look off we got to see the road ahead of us. The Cabot Trail is definitely one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world.