The trail itself takes its name from the Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) who reached Nova Scotia's shores in 1497, sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England. The name also celebrates the meeting of Cabot and the Mikmaq people, the original inhabitants of Cape Breton Island, at Aspy Bay over 500 years ago.
The Cabot Trail completed in 1932, joined previously isolated fishing villages along and approximate 300 km loop. Today, the Cabot Trail has eight major communities with intriguing histories ranging from the Acadian Region, to Irish and Scottish settlements.
We went sailing around the North Cape, the upmost North part of Nova Scotia, during our 2 1/2 hour cruise, we saw some whales, mostly Minke whales and Fin Whales.
We boarded in Bay St. Lawrence, a nice little fishing village.
The northen tip of the Cape Breton Island is a favourite summer feeding ground for pilot whales, fin whales and mike whales, white sided and white beaked dolphins. Humpback whales pass through the area in early summer and early fall.
The Cheticamp area is the Acadian region around the Cabot Trail, here the people speak french and they share their vibrant culture through a fest of food, music and songs. Local artisan demonstrate rug hooking, spinning and wood sculpture.
The Cheticamp area
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Seen along the way, a scarecrow village.