(the current page displays the steps of a tourist circuit created by the CDÉNÉ. You can access the complete circuit by clicking here).

Day 9

  • Travel on the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world!
  • Overnight in Chéticamp
  • Travel distance: 280 km
  • Travel time: 6 hours including frequent stops along the Cabot Trail.

This winding road with frequent climbs and descents, has lookouts overlooking spectacular views. A journey of 10 to 12 hours is expected to appreciate its splendor.

Take the highway from Louisbourg to Hwy 125 where you will drive in the direction of North Sydney / Baddeck to Hwy 105. Continue on this road to the entrance to the Cabot Trail. At the entrance, turn right and take your time on this picturesque road. At the end of this drive, you will arrive at the village of Cheticamp, where you will spend the night and the next two days.


Days 10 and 11


The Chéticamp region extends approximately 40 kilometers from the bridge over the Margaree River to the western entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Here the mountains meet the sea, on the Cabot Trail.

In the early days, the Chéticamp region was a seasonal fishing port under the control of Huguenot families on Île Jersiais, a small Channel Island between France and England. In 1782, there were only two permanent Acadian families in the area: the families of Pierre Bois and Joseph Richard. In 1790, the British Crown grants lots of land to14 family heads, better known under the name of "Fourteen Elders". From there, these lands were divided between the 26 families then present in the area. This is the official start of Chéticamp. The descendants of these families (Aucoin, LeBlanc, Boudreau, Chiasson, Deveau, Maillet, Gaudet and Poirier) are still numerous in this part of Acadia.

A long tradition of hospitality characterizes this region. Its location directly on the Cabot Trail, near Cape Breton Highlands National Park, plays a very important part. This park is the oldest national park in the Atlantic Provinces.

Whether you are looking for a campground, a bed and breakfast, a motel room or a luxury chalet, the region has a wide range of accommodations. The same goes for the culinary sector.

A regional specialty: Morue en cabane, potatoes and cod cooked together slowly. Formerly, the fishermen spent the nights of the week in huts built on the beach, and in doing so, they were ready to go to sea at daybreak. After their day's work finished, back to their huts they went, the men cooked the fresh cod seasoned with chives and garnished with small squares of salted bacon. The fish on a plate of metal, which also served as a cover for the cauldron in which potatoes boiled, a simple and quick mode of cooking.

Maybe you'd rather eat "chancre" (snow crab) because you've been eating fish "à jove" (recently). In this case, you will have to "t’émoyer" (inform yourself) to the locals, to learn where the best is served. If, unfortunately, you run out of time, you will be told to "d’espèrer" (to wait) until tomorrow.

Local musicians are widely broadcast on CKJM Community Radio at 106.1 FM. Several musical, dance and theater shows take center stage throughout the summer season.
www.ckjm.ca

Do not forget the celebrations of the Festival de l'Escaouette and the Mi-Carême Festival at the end of winter.
https://www.cheticamp.ca/en/the-cheticamp-region/festival-de-l-escaouette
http://www.micareme.ca/en/

Whale watching is a popular activity in Cheticamp.
https://www.loveboatwhalecruises.ca/

In general, the outdoors in many forms is in the spotlight: mountain bike or by road, sea kayaking, swimming, wildlife watching, golf, hiking, etc.

A must-see: the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park for a chance to meet moose and for a breathtaking view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. With 26 scenic park trails, ranging from easy trails in the forest to steep paths at the edge of the ocean. Look around! You might spot small mink, whales or humpback whales jumping out of the water. To participate in the park's experiences, please visit
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ

Are you interested in art and crafts? Do not miss the gallery of the "hooked" carpet (crocheted) located at Les Trois Pignons, or the shops of artists and artisans. The Trois Pignons community center is also the local tourist information center.
http://www.lestroispignons.com

The Mi-Carême Centre will immerse you in the festive world of this popular celebration more than a century.
http://www.micareme.ca/en/

To learn more:
https://www.cheticamp.ca/en/