The Cabot Trail
Cycle Nova Scotia calls the Cabot Trail a challenging road ride carved into the edge of the stunning Cape Breton Highlands. With more than 3,400 m of climbing, its 300 km are most often ridden in two to three days. Still, Strava shows many cyclists who have tackled the double-century distance in as little as 12 hours.
“I opted to do a two-day ride from bad deck ,” says kent on Lambert, a Backroads cycling tour leader. “The dramatic views of old growth forest, towering red cliffs that drop straight into the ocean and solid climbs combine to make it one of the best coastal rides imaginable.”
The two-day counter-clockwise ride from Baddeck is a popular choice. Overnighting in Cape North, which falls just short of the halfway mark, makes the second day a true 160-km/100-mile century ride that also includes the two most challenging climbs of the entire route.
The Cabot Trail cycling season might run from May until Thanksgiving, but the best time to ride is toward the end of the season. Not only will there be far less traffic in late September and early October, but the East Coast’s stunning autumn colours will add even more drama to this spectacular ride.