What Are Some of the Major Features of the Cabot Trail Landscape?

What Are Some of the Major Features of the Cabot Trail Landscape?

Visitors to the Cabot Trail enjoy views of Cape Breton Island's hills, cliffs, beaches and woods. The Cabot Trail is a 66-mile route within the Nova Scotia island that includes the Skyline Trail, Lone Shieling Trail and Black Brook Beach.

Visitors to the Skyline Trail get a panoramic view from the 1,330-foot French Mountain, including the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the headland cliffs over the coast. The woodland areas are home to moose, bald eagles and bears, while whales occupy the gulf.

The Lone Shieling Trail is only 600 meters long, but visitors view a small stream and Arcadian forests, including 350-year-old sugar maples. It is the home of the Lone Shieling, which is a replica of a Scottish sheep crofter's hut. The building is constructed from stone walls, thatched straw roof and logs.

Black Brook Beach covers border salt and fresh water. It provides views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as a waterfall that drops into a freshwater brook.

All three sites along the Cabot Trail are within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Park passes are required to use its facilities. The Cabot Trail is named for John Cabot, the first European explorer to visit Cape Breton Island in 1497.