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Your-Nova-Scotia-Travel-Tips, Issue #015 - The BEST Nova Scotia Travel Tips
May 02, 2018
Issue #015, May 2, 2018

hi folks,

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the May Issue of Your Nova Scotia Travel Tips. Have you driven the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island? Well, you are in for a treat!

The Cabot Trail is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. I have been to England, Scotland, France and Italy and the Cabot Trail is just as majestic and well worth a summer vacation. It is quite simply gorgeous.

I have recently re-done some of my Cabot Trail pages and wanted to let you know so you could have a fresh look. I could write about the trail forever and actually had trouble stopping myself from writing more and more. I really just want to give you a taste of what is there to explore and entice you to go. I hope I will have succeeded.

I have several favourite spots along the Cabot Trail.

The first is the bridge at Margaree Harbour. Crossing this bridge into northern Cape Breton is always a thrill. This coastline that leads us through small Acadian communities and eventually to Cheticamp is wonderful.
Speaking of Cheticamp I was lucky enough to spend a couple of nights there a few summers ago. I walked back to my motel by way of the St. Mathieu boardwalk. The sun was just setting behind Cheticamp Island. It was picture perfect.
Have you done any hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands National park? The trails are awesome. Some are short and some or long; some difficult and some easy.....there is something for everyone. The Skyline is certainly the most popular. However, I suggest you go early in the morning or in the evening as there can be a lot of people on the trail.
Have you seen the Veteran's Monument on French Mountain? An absolutely gorgeous spot for a memorial to our veterans. Lovely place to stop for a little visit.
Pleasant Bay is terrific for whale watching and it is located just off of the Cabot Trail. Stop at the top of Mackenzie Mountain and you'll get a fantastic view of Pleasant Bay. Nothing short of spectacular.

You'll see signs for whalewatching as you drive into the community at the bottom of the mountain. But I do strongly suggest that you book a tour in advance. Pleasant Bay also has a small museum depicting their local whales. A great place to visit especially if you have little ones.

Ingonish is probably one of the best places on the island for beaches. There are 3 salt water beaches in Ingonish (Ingonish Beach, North Bay Ingonish & Black Brook) and 2 freshwater beaches (Freshwater Lake and Warren Lake). They are all fabulous. I suggest Freshwater Lake or Warren Lake if you have children.

There is also much more here than beaches.....camping, hiking trails, golf, waterfalls and lots of great scenery!

My biggest TIP:

My biggest tip is to stop at the Visitors Information Centre (VIC) either at the entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Cheticamp or in Ingonish. The VICs are a great resource for everything in the park. Make sure to ask for a map of the park and ask about any special events.

There are events organized all summer long in the park.

My 2nd biggest TIP: a bit of self-promotion here!!

Order a copy of my e-book: 44 Awesome Things on the Cabot Trail plus 14 awesome tips for along the way. This indispensable guide will give you a ton of information about what to see and do on your tour of the Cabot Trail.

Doers & Dreamers 2018 Guidebook

Have you ordered your Nova Scotia Doers & Dreamers 2018 guidebook yet? I have my copy.

Call TOLL FREE and get your copy 1-800-565-0000.

Another Nova Scotia ebook

Are you planning to spend some time in Halifax and Cape Breton for your vacation? Check out my 2nd ebook:

Itineraries for 3 days in Halifax & 3 days in Cape Breton.

I am very proud of both of my ebooks. I hope they are useful to you during your Nova Scotia Holiday. You can get a special 'bundle' deal if you want to purchase both. Go to my website and check it out!

Trip Advisor & Halifax

Trip Advisor says that Halifax is one of Canada's top destinations. Well, I didn't need Trip Advisor to tell me this!! LOL!

Seriously, Trip Advisor is a great tool when planning a trip. I use it all the time and try to write reviews when I can.

Use this Trip Advisor link to make your accommodations booking. I earn a small commission with each reservation made via my site and this helps me pay my expenses.

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Well, that's it for now. See you next month for my next issue. Best to everyone,

Ann Marie, Editor, Your Nova Scotia Holiday

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