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How long does it take to cycle the Cabot Trail?

How long does it take to cycle the Cabot Trail?

five to seven days
How long does it take to cycle the Cabot Trail? The 300 km loop will take most people five to seven days to complete. Because it’s a loop, you can in theory start anywhere. I found Baddeck, the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, to be a good place to start because of its proximity to Sydney – and plane connections.

Where does the Cabot Trail start and end?

The Cabot Trail is one of Canada’s ultimate scenic highways. We drove the Cabot Trail in a counter clockwise direction starting in Baddeck and ending in Cheticamp.

Is it safe to bike the Cabot Trail?

The cycling is definitely manageable by most cyclists in reasonable shape, but it does include some steep climbing sections. Those with little cycling fitness may find North Mountain a challenge (almost 500 metres to the highest point on the trail). A hybrid or road bike can be used, preferably with plenty of gears.

How long does Cabot Trail last?

approximately five hours
According to the Cabot Trail tourism map, available at Nova Scotia welcome centers and various museums and merchants on Cape Breton Island, the entire Cabot Trail drive takes approximately five hours. What the map does not tell you is that this time is calculated without any stops.

Which way do you cycle the Cabot Trail?

For this ride, we take the Cabot Trail south to Rt. 205, then turn north along the east side of the Bay, and switching over quickly to local route Rt. 312. Two miles before reaching Englishtown, we take a 5 minute ferry ride (cyclists ride free, and the ferry leaves every 10 minutes.)

Is the Cabot Trail paved?

The surface of the road is asphalted. It’s considered one of the World’s Most Scenic Destination Areas and was named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497.

Can you do the Cabot Trail in one day?

You can definitely drive the Cabot Trail in one day. And some people do end up driving the entire trail in one day, finishing the full 185 mile-loop (298 km). But, you’ll likely miss out on some cool hikes and highlights. (It’s better to split the road trip in two!)

How steep is the Cabot Trail?

Those with little cycling fitness may find North Mountain, climbing 500 steep metres to the highest point on the trail, a woeful moment on the trip. A hybrid or mountain bike (outfitted with slicks or semi-slicks) with plenty of gears is recommended.

Is the Cabot Trail Hilly?

We toured Cape Breton and the famous Cabot Trail in the summer of 2003. This route is hilly to mountainous, and requires riders to be physically in shape. We will ride a clockwise route in order to take advantage of the stiff tailwinds that will literally help lift us through the two toughest days of climbing.

How long is the Cabot Trail?

The Cabot Trail makes a 298 km (185 mile) loop around the northern part of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia passing through the very scenic and hilly Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail is considered to be one of the best places for a cycling tour in all of North America and on the ‘must do’ list of many a serious biker.

Is the Cabot Trail the world’s best bicycle ride?

Take on the challenging Cabot Trail, a 300 km road carved into the edge of the jaw-dropping Cape Breton Highlands. Climb up through old growth forests before a thrilling descent down to the coastline. Featuring dramatic ocean views and highland scenery, the Cabot Trail has been described as one of the world’s top bicycle rides.

Where to stay on the Cabot Trail?

Lodging: The Keltic Lodge or The Castlerock Inn. Follow the Cabot Trail over Cape Smokey, with a descent that will have you gasping with delight. You will bike through Wreck Cove, Skir Dhu and Breton Cove as you make your way to Englishtown, your final destination.