Cape Breton Travel Guide | Cabot Trail Road Trip in Nova Scotia, Canada

Cape Breton Travel Guide | Cabot Trail Road Trip in Nova Scotia, Canada


in today’s video we continue our road
trip through the Canadian Maritimes this time visiting Cape Breton
a large island in Nova Scotia that is separated from the mainland by the
Strait of kanso during our visit we stayed in a converted barn hike the
trails of the Cape Breton Highlands and drove around 300 kilometers on the
world-famous cabot trail that borders the island we hope you enjoy this trip
and now let’s go explore Cape Breton our first date kicked off early with the
drive up to key breton highlands national park this is a park that can be
accessed from either the east side or west side of the island we entered from
the west side just past shetty camp okay well good morning guys
today we are kicking off the second portion of our road trip we started up
in New Brunswick spent a few days there hiking driving around and now we’ve
arrived in Nova Scotia specifically Capon what we’re gonna be spending the
next three days and yeah yesterday was a long day of driving I should introduce
our gang we have George Sam’s dad my mom me lad my dad Daniel you’ve seen him
Togo and yeah today we’re gonna be hiking we’re in cape breton highlands
national park but before that let’s talk a little bit about yesterday’s drive
here cuz we didn’t really film too much didn’t we okay yes the drive it was a
long long drive you know yeah it’s all day you know people you can only realize
how big this country is when you start driving so what are we doing right now
well we’re going hiking and we chose this trail it’s called lubuto and
there’s a chance we might see moose here check this out yes got a sign yeah with
a picture of a moose apparently they like to hang out here we want to find
the elusive kind of that moose that’s a one we’re after we hope that the moose
is loose don’t forget to bring some repellent because this is mosquito on
black fly season we donated blood in New Brunswick and because they sucked us dry
almost yeah it’s a little bit less will be made in here too you know so be
prepared for that this particular hike had a steep incline
at the start but it then leveled out and we were rewarded with ocean views and
shaded forests this has been a really fun walk so far
we’re letting togi lead the way he decided to go left when the trail split
but really it’s a loop he’ll be coming back round the other way but we also
just passed an interesting information point that was talking about the
inhabitants of this area of the park because there were actually five
families who lived here before this was turned into cape breton highlands
national park and it has the names of the families and it says that as we walk
along this trail we should be able to see what’s left over of the the family
homes the ruins essentially so we’re gonna keep our eyes peeled and see if we
can spot these homes also we chose a very easy trail this one’s only 35 no 30
30 to 45 minutes I think it’s said and it’s a loop so it’s an easy one to start
off with and who knows maybe we will see moose alright guys so here directly
behind we have the ruins of what’s left of one of the five homes and here you
have a little sign with information the name of the family this one was Leblanc
and they had nine children so quite a large family and apparently there are
five of these homes here in this section of the park so hopefully we’ll see those
so we just saw another cool information point here on this trail and it was
talking about how the women in these five families who lived in this part of
the park they would split up the tasks like their daily tasks of what they had
to do so things like kneading bread and washing laundry and churning butter and
each woman would be assigned one job and do it for all five families just to make
things a bit more efficient so yeah there was a sense of community and
really helping each other out I kind of have to do that to survive
when you’re this isolated I mean I couldn’t imagine only five families in
this forest hmm and it’s getting quite muddy and swampy along here Togo has
decided to roll around in the mud and get all dirty
to fight the mosquitos he’s a dirty boy today togi you’re gonna need a bath and now for the funniest moment of the
hike there were signs with bear warnings throughout the park so I think that was
on the back of everyone’s mind and of course Toto was walking up front because
he insists on leading the pack well there was a group of hikers coming from
the opposite direction and when toga was the first one to round the bend all by
his lonesome self the hiker saw his black furry face and thought he was a
bear poor Togo looked really confused he just wanted to greet the group of hikers I wanted to say one thing about this
Cape Breton National Park it’s got so much eye candy we’ve seen oh so much eye
candy today that we’re all going to have to go back and wash our eyes out three
times because it is exactly believable tacular and I’m so glad that they have
all these different lookout points so that we can make our and we’ve only seen
half of it so you’ve actually seen a quarter maybe a quarter yet so I mean
there’s just so much left to see yeah lievable I hope we give ourselves
enough time and I hope you have enough eye wash to make it through now for a
bit of information on this drive the cabot trail is named after john cabot or
giovanni kobato an Italian navigator and Explorer who was one of the first
Europeans of modern times to reach North America in 1497 he had been denied
support for his expedition in Spain and Portugal so he went to England where he
received financial support from Henry the seven Cabot’s plan was to reach Asia
by sailing west along the North Atlantic and he estimated that his route could be
shorter and faster than the one recently discovered by Columbus the exact
location of his arrival in North America is unknown but today the route the
borders key Breton is named after him okay so this is our second stop of the
day we are now at Benji’s Lake this is a short trail I believe it’s 1.5 roundtrip
we are seeing footprints moose tracks we are seeing that is the second moose
truck our map said that there’s a good chance of spotting moose along here this
is one of the trails where they tend to hang out it’s kind of like a swampy area
with forest so we’ll see if we have any luck another truck that’s our third
moose track the moose is around the movies around here and fresh – fresh
alright so here tracking down the moose of course we are with the dog and we are
speaking and being kind of rowdy so I don’t know if the Moose is gonna show
its pace but it’s gonna happen anywhere it’s gonna be here oh the other thing I
wanted to mention this is this trail is called Benji’s Lake and Benji is the
name of our neighbor’s dog Benji is togo’s nemesis
so when tow heard we’re going to Benji’s Lake his face was like so dad what have
we found here walking onto the lake we have found a moose track Wow
if you just get out of the shade a little bit there okay yep these are the
two front hooves like that there’s their spike like that and this is the heel pad
right here yeah so it’s hard to say how big the animal is but does it appear to
be fresh it’s definitely fresh okay yeah maybe we’ll fall one yeah it could be we
could see one in here it’s a very good possibility Wow Musa
Musa Musa I’ve never seen one on foot I’ve only seen one from vehicle before we’re worried about the ball Togo in
shame we hadn’t spotted a single moose up
until then but then my dad saw something moving in between the trees oh wow I got
it I filmed it oh my god I think it might come out no oh I got a great shot
right now yeah I got it face we spend the rest of the afternoon
exploring the national park and then call it a day and drove back to the barn
for some dinner so guys after a busy afternoon I don’t know if we mentioned
but we were able to swat a moose Wow wasn’t that amazing at that time we saw
the first Canadian very elusive Canadian moose very elusive Canadian moose
especially in the summer they like to chill out and the swamp by the lake yeah
I’d like to do that kind of activity yeah get away from the fly is exactly
what it was funny because we were walking in the middle of the trail you
have to see a lake and we were coming back and I turned my hand like that and
I saw something funny looking far away between the pine tree yeah and it turned
out that this guy was spotted it it was about maybe I don’t know what 10 feet
from the edge of the forest yeah inside right
yeah he just kept seeing his head going up and down down massive massive was but
anyways they’ve told us that in the afternoon beginning of the late
afternoon in the evening you know we can see them at a couple of places yeah so
we’re gonna drive there especially if you try to capture them yeah they’re
nocturnal animals so they do come out at night
yeah and the goal is for us to go around sunset and visit a couple different
spots yeah and we’ve talked to now like probably three or four people have had
luck doing this yes I’ve seen them in the late afternoon yeah but but if worse
comes to worse I thought I think at least we got one on it on record no
you’ve got to see your first there by now okay so far away yeah but yeah we
had a good time we went out of this coven this morning around 8:30 yep now
we’re back is 4 4 o’clock in the afternoon we’ve only had a little bit of
a breakfast we are starved oh yeah so we’re cooking here a beautiful sauce
we’re gonna eat spaghetti da y espagueti and we’re cooking a sauce here that has
red hot sausage Italians hey guys check this out check out the bubbling goodness
oh it’s got tons of we put a whole pack of mushrooms in there – sausage sausage
screams scallops oh it’s good everything in life scallops mushrooms Oh Italian
hot sauce uh-huh it’s amazing okay let me go wine wine after having the sauce
if we encounter black bear and it comes for us I’ll be willing to wrestle this
sauce is gonna give you such a strength and such a force that I’m not afraid of
the black bear what what more can you ask for we had a beautiful beautiful day
today not one cloud in the sky okay no one person on the trail no basically
trails and we were the only people walking around those places you know
like I mean wilderness there’s a couple more famous trails but we purposely
didn’t do them we wanted to just have that kind of exclusive experience out in
nature and we got it I’d say for about 75 or 80 percent of the time we were out
there we didn’t see anyone and when we did just a quick hello passing by yeah
and that’s it that was it and on top of that look you got the
ocean you got the mountain you got forests you got creeks coming down the
mountain with this water that is pristine crystal-clear you know like I
mean this is as close of paradise as you can get on earth yeah let’s put it away
it’s amazing if you have a chance guys the Cabot
Trail come and visit different enemy Britain you’ve got you’ve got a giant
island and not that many people here and now it’s time to eat spaghetti is it
this year all too familiar with yeah when we were a young I guess we had
eight kids in our family and just one or just our dad was working yeah we gave
two other nicknames – spaghetti yeah and one of them was Skyy Betty and the other
one was biscuity all the same same name you know
sometimes my mom would make special meatballs or to put it but most of it
was meat and veggies okay all right spaghetti at the table yeah I see food
meat no spicy Italian pork sausage stop hungry after all baking we forgot
to bring more snacks yeah what do you think it’s delicious
better than Skyy Betty and biscuity it’s right up there with spaghetti really
like I think what unity when you are this hungry is anything anything will
taste great but these one is really good we got another reinforcement yeah
these one game we called the cavalry the girl the girl came to reinforce the
deranged so we are back in the car it is now 806
sunset is just before 9:00 p.m. and we are going in search of moose we are
driving around we met some people who told us if we drive around the area of
plateau and shetty camp we might just spot moose they were very lucky we were
also told you can see them in the park but that’s a really long drive from
where we’re staying so we’re gonna try a lot people those two little towns and
see how it goes the Sun is starting to go down
yeah maybe the Moose will be feeling like an evening stroll oh yeah that is
the goal and look who else came along in retrospect this outing wasn’t such a
good idea we didn’t see any moose the dog got super anxious and only after
sundown did we realize that the rows around here have almost no streetlamps
so we wouldn’t recommend driving at night the next morning was another early day
this time we plan to drive along the east side of the island good morning we are back on the road
here on the cabot trail having some Tim Hortons for breakfast um so yeah
yesterday we explored the west side of keith breton highlands national park
today we’re headed in the opera opposite direction we’re gonna drive along the
cabot trail up the east side of the park and we’re thinking potentially doing the
whole loop so first stop of the day is here in bat ik it’s home to the
Alexander Graham Bell historic site the man the creator of the telephone so
we’re gonna go inside and check it out it seems to be like a museum first we
have to walk the dog bathroom break for the dog oh yeah it should be a really
good Dame it’s a little bit overcast which is kind of nice because yesterday
was very hot and sunny so it should be nice for driving and doing a bit of
hiking as well since we’re driving a longer distance today I have a feeling
we’re gonna be making more stops along the way just to break up all the driving
and yeah that is the plan for now that is the update for the day and we’ll see
how things unfold back to my breakfast Alexander Graham Bell is best known as
the inventor of the telephone but he also invented the photo phone the metal
detector at the hydrofoil and he designed the silver dart which made the
first aircraft flight in Canada perhaps more interesting is that apart from all
these great inventions Bell devoted most of his life to teaching the deaf
following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather we really enjoy this
museum and would highly recommend that if you’re in the area alright guys so we’re just taking a
little pit stop here on the side of the road enjoying the views we’re gonna
switch drivers but we also wanted to talk a bit about the museum we just
visited so it was a historic site for Alexander Graham Bell the inventor of
the telephone and many other things a lot of other things yeah so we learned a
bit about his life he was actually born in Scotland and then after two of his
brothers died from tuberculosis the family moved to Canada first to Ontario
and then eventually he came to Baddeck which reminded him of the Scottish
Highlands back home similar landscapes three Museum great Museum very
interactive yeah yeah and now we’re gonna follow the the Cabot Trail for motorcycle
enthusiasts this is the best place in the world one of the best places in the
world this is where you come and you prove yourself a motorcycle right and
yeah we’re doing the loop today we’re going to do the completely yesterday we
did one side but today we decided to do the whole thing complete is about 330
kilometers and we stopped over here and look at it you look at anything one of
the biggest lakes in Canada yeah one boat on amazing place for sailing
boats and power boats and you name it there’s no one here one only one boat is
coming over there another beautiful day we’re heading over to a beach now
continue to in ganoush Beach let the dog have a little swim we continue driving
up the East Coast passing through towns with Gaelic names and then for lunch we
stopped at a beach all right guys so our next stop of the
day is ghanoush Beach Oh a little bit windy out here
yeah we’ve been driving all morning we were feeling hungry so we noticed a
beach on the map we thought it would be the perfect spot for Togo to enjoy a
little splash and we can have our picnic we packed a whole bunch of snacks today
we have cherries bananas crackers peanuts you name it it’s gonna be
something lighter because we had a huge spaghetti seafood spaghetti meal last
night for dinner I had four bowls so keeping things light and then we’re just
gonna continue driving onwards north to the National Park but for now let me
show you togi having a swim he’s loving it so we are back in the park Keeton
highlands national park and our first stop here is Warren late yeah beautiful
Lake you just a few families out here kind of red red sand I would say yeah
there’s kind of like brownish red really interesting the dog is swimming Lots
like every time you stop and there’s water the guys end doesn’t matter the
river a lake the ocean he’s getting more confident by the day he’s even doing a
little bit of swimming to fetch his dick I saw another dog yesterday that showed
no fear and we would swim out really far so I think yeah I think he got a
reference point as to uh you know I can do a bit more than what I’ve been doing
in the past this is how it’s done exactly but yeah just a nice family
friendly Beach quiet hardly anyone here and yeah we’re just exploring the other
side of the National Park and it’s been beautiful so far I’m sure we’ll have a
few more stops oh yeah definitely for sure and we’re doing the whole loop
today the whole Cabot Trail so gotta love it here Kate Breton Island we also hike the Jackpine trail which
are offered coastal views with pink rocks and hidden coves we then completed the full loop around
the cabot trail and it was finally time to head back to the barn for some rest
and our last dinner on the island what an afternoon we just got back from doing
the entire circuit of the cabot trail today so now we we’ve done one and a
half one and a half times failed we did half a day yesterday and we did the
entire week today today unbelievable again we had beautiful weather and so we
had the best Drive we just came back is a long day never gonna be trying two
different beers craft beers you picked these out at the store these
are just two that we picked out and we’re gonna try them too of any Bowl so
what are the two brands okay so the one I’ve got here this is nine locks
okay it is from Dartmouth Nova Scotia IPA the undie Pale Ale and this one is
Black Angus it’s also an IPA lovely slogan so it says hike camp fish sail
Gulf relax we can so you can take it outside pop it open cheers to a good day
I have to thank my dad he’s done all the driving a professional dry run is your
bead it’s quite impressive that’s allowed me to film and capture
some nice shots so appreciate it time of the drinking don’t worry about it this
is good oh this is great Oh citrusy taste on mine
yeah very smooth if you ever want a good beer that’s what you should get you
should get the local beer that’s made in the area and you know they’re gonna be
fresh no preservatives and it’s gonna help the people in that community
alright so we’re sitting down at the table cracked open a beautiful bottle of
wine from South Africa what have we got today we have a Shira
2009 it’s beautiful wine yeah cheers guys Cheers
yes hello hello what do you think of this
wine dad it doesn’t get any better than this Wow it goes down like velvet huh so
smooth tickling and sparkling in my throat
ten years old to ten you dont’t fancy yeah I have heard a lot about wine from
South Africa they’re very very good yeah on this one
it proves it is spectacular I can’t believe I have room for this after two
bowls of pasta we are having farmers ice cream local ice cream we have got the
butterscotch Ripple excited for this okay butterscotch Ripple you got to love
it you’re gonna love it for those who haven’t tried it it’s kind of like
caramel I guess but I think it’d be nice good well have look at him you see like
be a good as maple walnut but you’re not wait no maple walnut is the best ice
cream you can get in Canada because it has the two best ingredients me fear of
the second-best this is this is a bull second best but still pretty good they
do a really good ice cream like I admit this was on sale for $2.99
cool I love it there’s no really like six box or something so we found a
really good quality ice cream local ice cream good price that’s delicious
taste the caramel before the expiry use expiring tomorrow is expiring tomorrow
morning plenty of time plenty of time so I’m curious to hear some of your
highlights favorite destinations or my favorite moments I’ll talk first again
my very first time to Cape Breton Island but being here in person is even more
impressive this this land feels like like frontier land it feels like like a
place where you come to however have a real adventure also it just feels like a
place that like if I was if I was eventually gonna settle down in Canada
this would be on my short list that’s how much I like it so just a few days
here has won me over and how what do you think I’m gonna boil it down to one one
simple thing Cape Breton has got lots of eye candy
everywhere you go all along your cabot trail is unbelievable let me just say
that I’ve been living in the Maritimes now for almost a third of my life
is the first time I’ve been on the cabot trail I’ve been in I’ve been in Cape
Breton in several times hmm but bypass it was great to Sydney okay
this this is the first for me it’s awesome
I mean Cape Breton trail is one of the best drivers in the world yeah I
remember I think it was lonely planner some other publication said that this is
the best motorcycle drive in all of them North America yeah and I get it after
doing the whole cabot trail today the views you get are unbelievable here come
check it out and with that being said we’ll see you in PEI in the next video
bye guys ha all right here’s Tony thing boy I’m eating dinner guys it’s time
okay that’s great that’s all wasn’t me

59 thoughts on “Cape Breton Travel Guide | Cabot Trail Road Trip in Nova Scotia, Canada

  1. Good Morning, Have a Blessed Weekend, Lots of hugs 🥰🙏🏻😎, u look like ur mom ☺️, it looks beautiful there 👍🏻

  2. Was so excited to see a video come out clicked right away and I had to see it twice because it was fantastic…My favorite couple Sam and Audrey

  3. Currently my favorite vlogger couple, clicked right away after I see the notification. As always awesome video guys. 👌👏 👏

  4. My one visit to the Buttereau trail, it seemed we were being tracked by a pack of coyotes or coywolves. Added a bit of adrenaline to the walk :-}

  5. cada vez que ustedes aparecen me predispongo a pasear con ustedes gracias , por subir tan maravillosos videos de canada!!! saludos desde la provincia de entre rios !!parana !! argentina!

  6. I guess having the dog is limiting, but you must get to the Fortress of Louisbourg sometime. Although it was reconstructed ~50-60yrs ago (the damn Brits destroyed it in the 1750s), it's a stunning recreation.

  7. I'm more a wine than a beer person, but CB has two great breweries (you sampled one), and there are a dozen(??) more on the mainland. Not to mention some very good distilleries, on and off CB 🙂

  8. Hello and greetings from a Brit in Berlin. I spent over 25 years of my life in Bristol, UK, from where Cabot sailed to the "New Founde Lande" as he called it, in his tiny ship the "Matthew". They built a replica "Matthew" in 1997, and sailed the thing to Canada and back – the crew enjoyed themselves although they said on such a ship it was impossible to keep dry. Also worth noting that Bristol also has a problem with the tidal range, second only to the Bay of Fundy in Canada. And Bristolians will tell you that America isn't named after Amerigo Vespucci, but after Cabot's financial manager, a Welshman named Rhysiart ap Meryck. (!!) Keep up the good work, folks – and Togo is a star!

  9. Togo the bear. The fiercest creature in the forest. He will lick your face off. But that is truly beautiful natural scenery.

  10. The best people should definitely move to CB & NS 🙂 Where you can have your own beach without being a zillionaire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJogpcihN7g

  11. I was so happy to see you again, and always enjoy when you go with your parents..well your dad's sauce made me hungry and I could see Sam salivating at that thread of pasta!! LOL..your dads sauce is awesome looking. I sure would of loved that when we went to Nova Scotia, we definitely had our pasta withdrawal there..smart dad ! that Daniel!! you made our day! Sam and Audrey!

  12. Wow. Cape Breton looks amazing. But yes, very reminiscent of my own Scottish Highlands. Great vid again guys. Keep Blazing the Trail x

  13. Maravilloso paisaje, el azul del mar increíble!
    Gracias por la colaboración de tu papá muy agradable, tratando de hablar español 👍👏👏
    Continuamos con el viaje!
    Saludos 🙋🇲🇽

  14. Magnificent & so amazing scenery as Sam's dad said eye candy. This series is so relaxing and enjoyable. Canada looks so beautiful in the summertime. Just all of Gods majestic awesome beauty everywhere you look. Thank you so much Sam Audrey and parents for sharing this wonderful trip.

  15. Love the CB series guys!… my home island yay!… Your dad is so much fun to watch on camera. What a chef 👌- Trevor

  16. So much fun watching the two of you and that you also travel with your family! So cool you enjoy each others company like that 🙂
    I loved the comments from Audrey's dad!

  17. You’ve done it again!!!!! Incredibly gorgeous photography
    You captured the splendor and majesty of the maritimes!!!
    Your photography is spectacular.
    We agree that it is really Togo’s vacation as we always travel with our pups!!
    Lots of stops !!!
    We’ve also had dirty wet dogs in the car!
    We call it the dog mobile
    You’ve done such a beautiful job with these vlogs!
    Thanks again for sharing your families with us!
    Continued safe travels

  18. Hoping to do this drive in a couple of months (First week of October) – I've read a number of comments about the lack of washroom facilities on the cabot trail – how was your experience – were there many in HIghland Provincial Park??   The rest of the trail – thanks – really enjoy your Vlogs – take care…..

  19. Awesome video Sam! The views were spectacular and that dinner looked super yummy. Love the history info. Looking forward to the next video.

  20. Well, soooo happy to watch this very scenic video of “ My Island” . It has been home to me for 62 years. Wouldn’t love anywhere else. I am a Proud Cape Bretoner !!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  21. I so love listening to both of your dads and how free-and-easy they are in front of the camera. Great set vacation videos! Thoroughly enjoyed!

  22. Very positive lovely family. Thank you for your guide throught maritimes. We are moving out soon to NB from UK can't wait to explore Atlantic Canada!

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