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Cape Breton’s Top Ten Views

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When Cape Breton was ranked the third best island in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine, there is no doubt some of those who have never visited were left wondering – just what’s so special about this place anyway? Well, aside from the unique fusion of Celtic and Acadian culture, music, and welcoming people – Cape Breton’s raw, natural beauty is what truly sets it apart. With so many views to choose from, picking only ten was no easy task, but we came up with a list of awe-inspiring locations that should be on everyone’s Cape Breton bucket list!

1. Skyline Trail

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One of the Cape Breton Highlands’ National Parks, the Skyline Trail is likely the most talked about trail experience on the island. While the 7.5 kilometer loop features various viewpoints and wildlife sightings along the way, the Skyline’s world renowned reputation isn’t truly realized until the trail’s end. Hikers are rewarded with an eagle-eye view atop a dramatic headland cliff overlooking the rugged coast, vast ocean, and winding Cabot Trail below. The captivating backdrop makes for beautiful picnics, peaceful yoga and, most importantly, the ultimate selfie opportunity.

If you want to see moose, bears, boreal birds, whales, and an unforgettable view, the Skyline Trail is a must for your next trip to Cape Breton.

 2. Cape Clear Look Out

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Looking out over the Highlands and the Northeast Margaree River valley, and featuring a 300ft drop, Cape Clear is not for the faint of heart. For those willing to brave the heights, Cape Clear is a great spot for a picnic. The lookout is clear of trees and most vegetation due to its rocky, granitic surface, which makes for clear views all around. A thrill-seekers paradise, Cape Clear is also known as a rock climbing destination – yikes!

 3. Magic Cove

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While the long and bumpy dirt road to Magic Cove may be discouraging to some, the view upon arrival more than makes up for it. After parking on the roadside, a short steep trail leads visitors down to the small beach. Along the trail, a small lookout exposes the Cove in all its beauty – an aqua-blue splash contrasted by enormous cliffs of dark jagged rock. The Cove’s calm waters are ideal for snorkeling, while a beach complete with a small cave, a waterfall, and a river make for a day’s worth of adventure.

 4. Broad Cove Marsh Road

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With rolling hills, dramatic cliffs and the vast ocean around each turn, this meandering coastal road has a special way of slowing things down. Only a short drive from Cabot Cliffs, this is not one to be missed!

 5. Franey Mountain

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Located along the Cabot Trail in Ingonish, Franey Mountain offers a diverse 360-degree view encompassing the Atlantic coastline, the Middle Head Peninsula, and the Clyburn brook canyon. Cape Smokey and surrounding mountains also make it into view from this 425m high vantage point.

 6. Mabou Coal Mines

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Featuring a dainty wharf and known by locals for its amazing cliffs, rolling hills, and a maze of trails that lead high into the Mabou Highlands, the Mabou Coal Mines offers post-card quality photo ops from every angle.

 7. Egypt Falls

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Not far from Lake Ainslie, the largest fresh water lake in all of Cape Breton, lies Egypt Falls. The trail leading to the falls is only 15 minutes, descending downhill through a stand of mixed hardwoods. The last five minutes forces you to ascend the steep walls of the gorge, revealing a beautiful waterfall. A great spot to have a swim, relax in nature with a picnic and some good company. If you’re feeling brave, you can climb to the second level to find a large natural pool and a birds-eye view of the river below.

 8. Meat Cove

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Perhaps the most remote community in all of Nova Scotia, Meat Cove is a tiny fishing village located along the Cabot Trail at the northernmost tip of the province. A campground located directly along a rugged cliff offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Meat Cove’s pure isolation, wide-open ocean views, and immersion of nature gives visitors the majestic sense that they aren’t only at the tip of the province, but rather, the outermost edge of the world.

 9. Cabot Cliff’s 17th Tee Box

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Okay, we know, we’re a little biased – but with a view encompassing miles of rugged coastline, blue ocean, green fairways and the magnificent Highlands as a backdrop– can you blame us? Cabot Cliffs will be opening for preview play on July 3rd, so you can see this one with your own eyes this summer.

 10. Trestle

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Located along the Trans Canada Trail just off Inverness’ Central Avenue, this spectacular bridge is about 140 paces long and sits roughly 50 meters above the Broad Cove River, or “Big River” as it is known locally. The Trestle is a great spot for trail hikers and bikers alike to stop and stretch their legs – taking in the view of the surrounding highlands and the river below as it twists its way to the Gulf of Saint Laurence.

 

When Cape Breton was ranked the third best island in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine, there is no doubt some of those who have never visited were left wondering – just what’s so special about this place anyway? Well, aside from the unique fusion of Celtic and Acadian culture, music, and welcoming people … Continue reading Cape Breton’s Top Ten Views

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