Cape Breton Island and Cabot Trail

Magnificent panoramic route

Discover the Cabot Trail, a magnificent panoramic route between the sea and the mountains providing an opportunity to connect with nature! The bikeway follows the north shore of Cape Breton Island and climbs up to the plateaus of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. From there, you will travel to Chéticamp, the region’s Acadian heritage centre, and then head, via Bras d’Or Lake and its quiet roads, toward Sydney and its beautiful port, with the option of visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstructed 18th century French fortified town in North America. Jean Cabot marvelled at the beauty of the region in 1497. Now you can do the same!

Photo credit: Danielle Cyr, Shutterstock

Formula: Vélo Québec Voyages
Trip length: 8 days / 7 nights
Level of difficulty: 4+

EN LIBERTÉ Formula also available

General Conditions

Options for serving you better
Delayed departure or return, single occupancy, travel insurance, bike rental (for several destinations) and much more: ask our consultants!

From day to day

Short route: 494 km • Long route: 590 km

Day 1 - Arrival in Baddeck.
Day 2 - Baddeck, Englishtown (86 km). Ferry to Ingonish.
Day 3 - Ingonish, Neils Harbour, South Harbour, Cap North, Pleasant Bay, Petit-Étang, Chéticamp (121 km).
Day 4 - Chéticamp, Grand-Étang, Cap Le Moine, Belle Côte, Margaree Harbour, Baddeck (88 km).
Day 5 - Baddeck, Bras d’Or, North Sydney, Sydney (84 km).
Day 6 - Free day or looped route via the Fortress of Louisbourg. Round-trip via Albert Bridge or looped route via Mira Beach, Main-à-Dieu (75 or 96 km).
Day 7 - Sydney, Grand Narrows, Iona, Little Narrows Ferry, Wagmatcook, Baddeck (115 km).
Day 8 - End of the trip.

Elevation Profile

The package includes:

  • 7 nights in three- to four star hotels (double occupancy*);
  • 7 breakfasts and 1 evening meals;
  • ferry transfers;
  • baggage transportation (one bag per person, 15-kg maximum);
  • mechanical assistance and access to a relief vehicle;
  • daily route plans;
  • taxes;
  • protection from the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (CFCTA) $ 3.50 per $ 1,000 starting November 1, 2021.
*Single occupancy supplement: to be announced

Equipment (e.g., bicycle) is not included.

From 12 to 20 cyclists, accompanied by our guide.

Start/Finish: Baddeck
Transportation to the starting point is not included.

You wish to modify your stay or combine different itineraries from those offered by Vélo Québec Voyages? Contact our travel advisors to see the options available to you.


Vélo Québec Voyages est une agence de voyages accréditée, fondée en 1995. Elle propose 70 destinations à vélo au Québec et à travers le monde, et fait voyager quelque 6000 vacanciers chaque année.