Days 12 - 13: Prince Edward Island
Distance: 250km / 155 miles
Make sure you visit the Hopewell Rocks’ majestic ‘flowerpot rocks’ and have your picture taken with the world’s largest lobster in Shediac before crossing the eight-mile long Confederation Bridge and entering Canada’s smallest and least populous province, Prince Edward Island.
The size of the island makes it easy to explore by RV as there are only three main driving routes to take. Make sure to visit Charlottetown, the quaint provincial capital with its pretty tree-lined streets, colourful houses and waterside boardwalks. You should also head to the Anne at Green Gables Heritage Place, the site for the inspiration for L. M Montgomery’s classic novel Anne of Green Gables.
Day 14: Pictou
Distance: 115km / 71 miles
You have the morning to explore Prince Edward Island a bit more before taking the ferry to Pictou, Nova Scotia in the afternoon. In Pictou you can ake a stroll along the historic waterfront, experience the historic Scottish architecture, beaches, trails, museums, restaurants, shops and friendly people.
Day 15: Chéticamp
Distance: 265km / 165 miles
Your road book will guide you over the Ceilidh Trail, a scenic trail approximately 62 miles long which provides stunning views across the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the west side of Cape Breton Island. This trail ends in Margaree Harbour where it meets the Cabot Trail. Chéticamp, a traditional Acadian fishing village, is your first stop along the picturesque Cabot Trail. Here you can book a whale watching tour or, if you'd prefer to stay on dry land, visit St. Peter’s Church, and make sure to stop at Les Trois Pignons; a cultural centre and hooked-rug museum.
Days 16 - 17: Ingonish
Distance: 115km / 71 miles
This section of the Cabot Trail climbs and descends through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is truly dramatic. Cliff-side roads, windswept plateaus, quaint villages and moose sightings form the main appeal of this well-travelled route. There are over 25 hiking trails to choose from, but a must for all travellers is the Sky Line Trail. A dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of this level trail.
One of the most developed spots along the Cabot Trail is Ingonish which has something for everyone: warm sand at refreshing beaches, a world class 18-hole golf course, fantastic walking trails, great sea food and friendly people. If you didn't go whale watching at Chéticamp, you could pick up a tour here and potentially see blue, fin, minke, humpback, pilot or sei whales.
Day 18: Baddeck
Distance: 105km / 65 miles
Today your time in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is coming to an end, but the Cabot Trail just keeps going; perhaps take a day trip by ferry to Bird Islands where you can see puffins, seals and bald eagles.
Baddeck is a vibrant, bustling town with a picturesque harbour on Bras d’Or Lake, as well as historical attractions, like Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where you can enjoy a glimpse into the life and work of the man who brought us the telephone. Explore the Bras d’Or Lake, this large inland sea is part fresh and part saltwater, allowing it to sustain diverse ecosystems and wildlife, including many bald eagles.