Canada Road Trip – Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

It’s difficult for me to pick a favorite Canadian province, but Nova Scotia may be slightly ahead of Quebec for me. Here’s why.

We got up early enough to see the sunrise and set out for the Cabot Trail.

Almost immediately upon entering the Cabot Trail, we stopped at a lookout and could see the trail in the distance. Throughout the drive around the Cabot Trail, there were many lookouts for us to stop at and each one offered amazing views!

We had heard the Skyline trail offered great views as well as a high chance of running into a moose. We started walking along the trail through moose country and never saw one! It was really foggy and when a couple returning said they couldn’t see anything from the peak, we gave up and turned around. We were really disappointed, but thought it made more sense to save our energy for other hikes.

What a beautiful view of fog, haha.

My favorite part of the Cabot Trail was how different everything looked around each bend!

We hiked the Mackintosh Brook trail, which took us along a river and ended up at a waterfall. I had hoped to climb up some rocks and get an even better picture of the waterfall, but my shoes were too slippery for the rocks and I may or may not have landed in the water during my attempt.

We made a quick stop and walked along the Lone Shieling trail to see this building.

We hiked the Jack Pine trail, which took us through forests full of different trees. This was the most educational hike as there were signs throughout the walk explaining the history of the Jack Pine forest. We ended up by the rocky shore, which allowed for some incredible photos!

After the Cabot Trail, we set out for Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. We had wanted to go to the Fortress of Louisbourg, but it was closed by the time we got there. We visited the Louisbourg Lighthouse and enjoyed its spectacular views.

I can’t get over the landscape around this lighthouse!

We went out to eat for dinner and then drove to our hotel in Halifax. You can read all about our day in Halifax in my next post!

Related Posts: Gananoque & Kingston, Ontario, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City,  Montmorency Falls, Ile d’Orleans, Tadoussac Whale Watching, Saguenay River Hiking, Prince Edward Island


  • Cabot Trail – This is a MUST DO if you’re ever in Nova Scotia. We went in September and it started getting busier later in the day. There are a lot of trails you can hike (some mentioned above). The map you get when you enter the park has a list of all the trails, how long they take, and what you can see from them.
  • Louisbourg Lighthouse – This was a quick, but scenic stop. It was definitely worth a stop!

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