In and Around The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is a winding scenic drive along the coast and through the highlands of north-east Cape Breton. Even though it was quite early spring when we were there at the beginning of May, and the day went from sunny to grey rather quickly, the majesty of the highlands was breathtaking. One of the upsides of traveling in the off-season is getting to experience each place without the buzz of the tourist season. We practically had the road and the beaches to ourselves.

If I were to travel here in the summer it would definitely be a camping destination. Perhaps at Meat Cove, on top of a windy cliff overlooking the Bay of St. Lawrence where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.


A tufted sand dune at Inverness Beach, looking out into the Gulf of the St. Lawrence.
The Inverness Beach and the breakwater on the horizon.






One of several gorgeous cobble and sandy beaches along the coast.



A young male moose stopping to feed at a pond. Note the missing antlers which are shed each fall and regrow in the spring.
Much of the interior of the highlands look like this with miles of rolling tree covered hills and valleys.



A view from above Meat Cove and the velvety looking reddish beach below. Meat Cove is the most northern community in Cape Breton and lies at the end of a winding and sometimes steep road. You have to travel several kilometers off the Cabot Trail to get here, but it’s well worth the trek for a visit.




The boulder scattered beach at Black Brook Cove.




All images Β© Karen McRae

64 thoughts on “In and Around The Cabot Trail

  1. Karen, I can tell from these photos what a treat it would have been to have the place to yourself over the off season. The beach takes on a different feel, doesn’t it? I have a favourite image in this series, that I keep going back to: the wave crashing on the rock. What a great shot! I also enjoyed the picture of the moose – I wonder how long it will take for his antlers to grow fully. That is a lovely capture.

  2. The thing I found so amazing in these photos was the similarity, not to say “identical-ness” of the coast in your pictures with the coast where I live in the FinistΓ¨re, Brittany, which is almost exactly on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean (if you went up a bit to the top of St Pierre et Miquelon you’d be opposite). I personally prefer the ocean in winter and spring when the beaches are empty of people and you get real weather. Lovely pictures, thank you.

  3. Always looking forward to see a mail notification from you. I know it’s going to bring a smile to my face and make my day better! Wonderful shots, each and every one in it’s own very special way. Thank you, Karen.

      1. Absolutely! I have a feeling that you captured this exactly as you saw it. No small feat πŸ™‚

  4. Glorious. I’m struck by the flesh tones in the sand and rock that read as an intrinsic, benign human presence. I also see change and movement contrasting with the forever.

  5. I agree with David Patterson.. it is very like Ireland ( where I lived for 25 years) I love the colour of the rocks and the crashing waves.. I’ve learnt something about Moose too πŸ˜‰

  6. Ohhhh!!!! It’s like watching a silent movie! You break my heart with the moose!!!! How wonderful!!! And it keeps going! Fabulous Karen! πŸ™‚ You must be smiling now … πŸ™‚

  7. Just lovely to armchair travel to these places with you Karen, it looks so beautiful. I would just love to go there one day..on my wishlist for sure!

  8. Karen, how I wish we had two weeks together to explore each other’s worlds… one week in Norway and one week in Canada. What do you think? Great shots!

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