An April 2005 trip
to Cape Breton by carlf24
Quote: Taking an early spring/late winter driving excursion around the top of Cape Breton Island can be an exciting and breath-taking adventure.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2006
479 Chebucto Street
Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0
Attraction | "The Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National"
People thought that my wife and I were crazy for taking an early spring vacation to Cape Breton; a place known for its spring snowfalls. When we arrived, we had reservations with the Telegraph House, in the sleepy central town of Baddeck, and began our quest to conquer the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Obviously, the drawbacks of our timing led to the lack of open restaurants and facilities, and the lush green summer look. However, our concentration was squarely centered around the natural beauty of this spectacle. The park is open year-round and we traveled it from both the Ingonish and the Cheticamp entrances. Prior to reaching Ingonish, the drive was exhilerating... providing the death- defying mountain scale driving of Cape Smokey and overlooking the beautiful and partially frozen Atlantic. Even more amazing was the popular Cheticamp entrance, where the scaling foothills of French and McKenzie Mountains along side a more evident frozen ocean made riding on the world's tallest roller coaster pale in comparison. The first 3 days consisted of beautiful spring-like conditions with crisp winter-like evenings. For the fourth day we were treated to 4 inches of snow. All in all, even though ones inclination is to explore this amazing scenic adventure in the summer, Cape Breton Highlands poses a winter alternative that one may not have dreamed!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2006
The Cabot Trail & Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia