Cape Breton Island and Cabot Trail En liberté

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!


En liberté formula: a more flexible adventure
Before your departure, as for our other formulas, we plan everything: transportation, accommodations, meals and, of course, our exclusive itineraries. Once at your destination, however, you have more freedom organizing your day.

The En liberté bike trip experience is designed for independent cyclists on the route. By opting for this formula, without a guide or relief vehicle, you will receive all the information you need to ensure that your trip goes smoothly, as well as the daily itineraries. The latter propose routes of interest around certain stopover cities, chosen for their offer of services and their accommodations. The En liberté formula - a different kind of adventure that still has the Vélo Québec Voyages touch.

Travelling En liberté means...
  • Being able to choose your departure date and destination from our wide choice of itineraries
  • Travelling as a couple, with family or friends


Photo credit: Shutterstock, Danielle Cyr


Departure date of your choice

Price of land portion (taxes included) :
    starting from $ 1 375 / person
Formula: En liberté
Trip length: 7 days / 6 nights
Level of difficulty: 4+

VQV 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




7 days / 6 nights Formula
Short route: 494 km • Long route: 494 km


Day 1 - Arrival in Baddeck.
Day 2 - Baddeck, Englishtown (86 km). Ferry to Ingonish.
Day 3 - Ingonish, South Harbour, Pleasant Bay, Chéticamp (121 km).
Day 4 - Chéticamp, Cap Le Moine, Belle Côte, Margaree, Baddeck (88 km).
Day 5 - Baddeck, Bras d’Or, North Sydney, Sydney (84 km).
Day 6 - Sydney, Grand Narrows, Iona, Little Narrows ferry, Baddeck (115 km).
Day 7 - End of the trip.

8 days / 7 nights Formula
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, South Harbour, Pleasant Bay, Chéticamp (121 km).
Day 4 - Chéticamp, Cap Le Moine, Belle Côte, Margaree, 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 (70 or 96 km).
Day 7 - Sydney, Grand Narrows, Iona, Little Narrows ferry, Baddeck (115 km).
Day 8 - End of the trip.

Elevation Profile

The package includes:

Trip length: 7 days / 6 nights
Level of difficulty: 4+
Price per person in double occupancy, taxes included: starting from $1375
  • 6 nigths in two- to four-star hotel, motel or inn, double occupancy;
  • 6 breakfasts;
Trip length: 8 days / 7 nights
Level of difficulty: 4+
Price per person in double occupancy, taxes included: starting from $1495
  • 7 nigths in two- to four-star hotel, motel or inn, double occupancy;
  • 7 breakfasts;

Also included:
  • parking place in Baddeck;
  • baggage transportation between stopover cities (one bag per person, 20-kg maximum);
  • a plan of bike routes in the form of GPX data and paper maps;
  • information to ensure that the trip goes smoothly: contact details and phone numbers of the carriers at destination, bike stores, phone number in case of an emergency, etc.;
  • taxes;
  • protection from the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents (CFCTA). No charge since January 1st, 2019;
  • presence of a Vélo Québec Voyages representative, if you are a group of 10 or more people.

Not included: equipment, such as a bicycle; the presence of a guide; mechanical assistance and access to a relief vehicle; costs of a mechanical or physical mishap; fees for the ferry trips.

Start/Finish: Baddeck

Transportation between Montréal and Baddeck (about 16 hours by car) is not included.



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