Friday, June 8, 2012
Go Cabot Trail! Number One Again!
I'm sure by now anyone who has visited this blog or followed me for any amount of time knows that I am from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and I'm sure you all know by now how much I love this little island located just east of mainland Nova Scotia, almost at the edge of the continent but not quite, that would be Newfoundland, my other favorite island. In the past, I posted about Cape Breton Island being voted high on lists of best places to travel. In recent years, it made it into the list of top ten best islands to visit in the world, it ranked #2 most beautiful island in the world (after Bali), several of its golf course ranked in the top ten best courses in the world and The Cabot Trail was voted one of the most scenic drives in North America. So I think it's safe to assume that this small little island on Canada's east coast is a great place to visit. I may be biased in my claims but I have numerous travel publications and seasoned travelers backing these claims!
This high praise for the island has been going on for a number of years and Cape Breton has, yet again, done Cape Bretoners proud. Canada.com recently held a competition asking Canadians to vote for Canada's Most Scenic Road and by the time it reached the final voting stage, it was down to two choices: The Icefields Parkway in Alberta and Cape Breton's Cabot Trail. Although both of these roads are stunning in their own unique way, it was The Cabot Trail that won with 92.55% of the votes. You may be wondering just what it is that makes this lonely stretch of highway so popular with tourists and locals alike. The scenery, of course, is a big draw. Rolling green hills sweeping down into lush valleys or into the Atlantic Ocean, long, sandy beaches and high cliffs overlooking quaint bays and villages are just some of the spectacular vistas one will come across while cruising the Cabot Trail. But the area is more than just a pretty face, or landscape in this case. The entire island is steeped with history and culture carried on through the centuries by the Míkmaq, Scottish and French people who make up the majority of the island's population. There are a number of museums, hiking trails, scenic look-offs, serviced and non-serviced campgrounds, golf courses, beaches, whale tour operators, restaurants and the world-class Keltic Lodge Resort at Middle Head. The Cabot Trail also goes through The Cape Breton Highland's National Park where one can view dozens of species of wildlife including moose and bear and enjoy some of the island's untouched natural beauty.