The Cabot Trail

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

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.

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