Cheticamp and the Cabot Trail

Perfectly nestled along the western coast of Cape Breton Island, Chéticamp and its vibrant French Acadian culture calls out to be explored. A traditional fishing village, the community is located in the heart of the world-famous Cabot Trail, and is a perfect base for your adventure. Whale watching tours, Acadian festivals, local, fresh seafood, amazing arts and craft will turn Chéticamp into one of your best holiday memories. For more information on this special place, visit

The Cabot Trail, is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It is more than a magnificent world-renowned drive – it is an experience… One to delight in…one to be savoured.

The route is 298 km (185 mi) long and completes a loop around the northern tip of the island, passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. Besides the natural beauty to be found here, the Cabot Trail immerses you in the still vibrant Gaelic and Acadian cultures of Cape Breton.
It’s considered one of the World’s Most Scenic Destination Areas and was named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497.
The road’s winding design, stunning panoramic views, green mountainous peaks and crisp-clear blue ocean water dominate this gorgeous drive, where travelers can feel free to stop and admire the ocean or take a break in the wildlife-thriving woods in one of the many popular hiking trails along the way.
Don’t forget your camera! Because there are so many scenic overlooks, cultural heritage sites, whale watching and hiking trails on the Cabot Trail, spending some time planning your excursion and accommodations will make your road trip much more enjoyable. Pick up one of our replicated vintage road signs or other merchandise available on our shopping site through the Vintage Vibes category or by visiting some of our other merchants- Le Nique Bookstore at the Highlands National Park VIC, Freya and Thor, both in Cheticamp, Cabot Powersports in Sydney or the Wreck Cove General Store in Englishtown .