Information about Northern Cape Breton;
Wild Mountains to Ocean Vistas, Great Places to Stay; Fresh Seafood; 27 amazing national park hikes, multiple whale watching tours and miles of sand beaches...
You won't want to leave
Explore Our Region: A Place to Play.
There has never been a better place to get outside! We are home to world renowned hiking trails, kayaking routes, scenic drives and boat tours. The Cape Breton Highlands are composed of rugged mountains, coastal plains and rich valleys. Several small fishing communities dot our coast, providing a comfortable home for your highland experience.
There is adventure for everyone here. Bring your family and stroll along the miles of pristine beaches, swim in the clear mountain streams, or hike one of our coastal plateaus. Stay in quality campgrounds, BandB's and cozy coastal cottages. For the adventure seekers we have rugged hikes, exposed coastlines and challenging mountain biking routes.
To truly experience the region, head to the water for a great paddle around our calm harbours, or have a guide lead you around the rugged Cape Breton coastline. Our sea kayaking is world renowned in beauty. Whatever your sport, speed and style, there is something here for you, where the mountains meet the sea!
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Next to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, right off the Cabot Trail, Near Cape North and Dingwall on the Shore Rd, in South Harbour, Aspy Bay. Our Address is: 299 Shore Rd South Harbour, Nova Scotia, B0C 1G0, Canada
40 min North of Ingonish, just before the turn to Dingwall
30 min East of Pleasant Bay, just past Cape North and Dingwall
70min Past (North East) of Cheticamp, just past Dingwall
2 hours North of Baddeck
6 hours North of Halifax
Traveling from Halifax and Mainland Nova Scotia
Head north from Halifax on Highway 102 towards Truro and merge right at exit 15E Trans Canada Highway 104. You will travel approximately 170km, crossing over the Canso Causeway and the entrance to Cape Breton Island. Merge onto Highway 105.
You now have 3 options for reaching the top of the island. Exit will take you through Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail. Continuing to Exit 11-St.Ann's and
Exit 12-Englishtown will take you through Ingonish on the Cabot Trail. The Englishtown exit has the Englishtown ferry which can save you 30 minutes. The ferry crossing fee is $7. If the ferry is not in service, lights will be flashing at Exit 11-St.Ann's.
If you are coming to us via Cheticamp, go past the turnoff to Dingwall road and look for Shore Road on the left. We are just minutes from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, just a quick turn off the Cabot Trail on the Shore Road in South Harbour.
Traveling from Sydney
Merge onto Highway 105 Trans Canada highway. You now have 2 options for reaching the top of the island. Exit 12-Englishtown and Exit 11-St.Ann's will both take you through Ingonish on the Cabot Trail. The Englishtown exit has the Englishtown ferry which can save you 30 minutes. The ferry crossing is $5. If the ferry is not in service, lights will be flashing at this exit. You will then proceed to Exit 11-St.Ann's. It is about one and a half hours from the ferry or St. Ann's to our location.
We are minutes from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, just a quick turn off the Cabot Trail (1.5km) on Shore Rd, South Harbour next to Hideaway Campground, Summer House and Oyster Market (South Pond on the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Map). We are not down Dingwall Rd.
Cabot Trail Adventures is Cape Breton owned, and sources local guides. Located in northern Nova Scotia, the area is home to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The beauty of the mountains and the ocean is unrivaled in the province. Whatever your outdoor adventure preferences are; kayaking, hiking or cycling; we want to help you experience the best of the region. At Cabot Trail Adventures, we strive to help you get to know the natural history, the culture and the real hidden gems here in the Highlands. Meet the family, explore the region, and leave your heart behind.
Sylvia's St Paul Island Lighthouse Keepers-
Sea Kayaking Oatcakes
2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
6 cups oats (New Found Oats from Speerville are the VERY best)
pinch of salt,
pinch of cinnamon,
Melt the butter, mix the dry, then mix them together. Press into 2 greased 10x13in pans and bake at 350 F for 15-20 min, or until edges are lightly browned. Important: cut the cakes into bars while hot, and then cool mostly before removing. You can recut the lines to help remove them. OR use Parchment Paper, a girl's very best friend some days!