After leaving Ingonish, we continued traveling along the Cabot Trail. Basically, it was just beautiful vista after beautiful vista.
We veered off the Cabot Trail and headed north to the very tip of the island and stopped where John Cabot (or Giovanni Caboto) first landed in 1497. We hooked around the tip and saw a sign for Meat Cove that we couldn’t resist. I mean, doesn’t Meat Cove just sound charming? Well, maybe charming isn’t the right word, but the landscape belies its pragmatic name and is definitely charming perched along the rugged coast.
This is where the road really starts curving.
When you stop near the top and look out in either direction, you can see the road furling out like a ribbon beyond.
We stayed the night in Cheticamp and stopped in to listen to music. It was incredible! I was so impressed by the skills of the musicians, one of them seemed really young, too.
We stayed in an oTENTik cabin in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The cabin was very spacious and cool inside, but the real charm is the outside with its cute deck and colorful chairs.
We had thought about hiking the Skyline Trail that morning, at least for a bit, but it was so rainy and foggy. I’m not super outdoorsy, so it was easy to decide to skip the hike and keep driving. We did stop into a bakery in town for some donuts.
We bought the donuts to go and ate them in the car. They were so delicious that we considered turning around to buy a dozen, but decided that was a little extravagant. I regret that decision to this day.
There was still a lot of road to see. Not to mention moose!
Our final stop in Cape Breton was the Glenora Distillery. We stopped so Erica could pick up a present for someone; I wasn’t expecting such a photogenic place.
When planning our trip, I really didn’t know how much time to plan for Cape Breton. We basically had two days, which was fine for driving it, but if I were to return, I would definitely plan an extra day or two so we could have spent time on our porches or maybe hiked a little (a very little).