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Destination Nova Scotia: Camping on the Cabot Trail

Nova Scotia is known as an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. From whale watching on Cape Breton’s coast to discovering waterfalls while hiking, the adventures are endless, especially for those who book their stay at Cabot Shores. One of the most memorable adventures you can enjoy in Nova Scotia is camping along the Cabot Trail.

Driving along this famous corridor means you’re surrounded by old-growth forests, hidden beaches, and thundering waterfalls. With so many unique stops to discover along the way, take your time to appreciate everything that makes this highway special.

What Is the Cabot Trail?

The Cabot Trail is a majestic pathway that slices for 298km through the Nova Scotian wilderness. There are many options for camping along this route, which takes you through quaint fishing villages and drips with ocean views that look like they were digitized for a screensaver.

This route is known as one of the most scenic drives on the planet. While you could drive the entirety of the trail in one day, the only way to discover the beauty of the Cabot Trail is to take your time and stretch out your drive.

3 Places to Stop on the Cabot Trail

There is no shortage of things to do and see when driving along the Cabot Trail. Stretch your legs for a bit by hiking a trail, going on a whale watching tour, or wandering local shops. 

A couple of outdoor enthusiasts enjoy stargazing from a hot-tub while parking in a luxury camping experience along the Cabot Trail.

You also pass through charming towns, each with a unique personality, including:

  1. Cheticamp – When on Cape Breton, the town of Cheticamp is an ideal place to begin your Cabot Trail journey. This place is close to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and, as such, maintains its remote feel while providing adventurers with options of where to stop and eat.
  2. Pleasant Bay – This small fishing community inside the park is where many of the area’s whale-watching tours depart from. Pleasant Bay is also near the trailheads of many premier hiking trails, so it is well worth at least an overnight stay and potentially more.
  3. Baddeck – The village of Baddeck is known for being one of the starting points of the Cabot Trail. Found along the shores of Bras d’Or Lake, this spot is known for its tranquil beauty. Some of the best things to do when in town include boating and visiting historical sites.

Reserve Your Accommodations at Cabot Shores

To say that Cabot Shores caters to all camping on the Cabot Trail doesn’t do this wilderness resort enough justice. Any camping area that offers yurts, domes, and chalets, along with traditional campsites right next to Indian Brook, will stand out as a highlight of your Cabot Trail trip. Staying at our resort means you’re surrounded by the nature Nova Scotia is known for but with incredible amenities like on-site dining and memorable activities. Call 866-929-2583 to learn more about our resort, or visit us online.



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Based on 290 reviews
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
Jasmine Rahmel
Jasmine Rahmel
October 17, 2023.
Loved the location and the amenities. What a unique resort. The upgrade to the chalet was wonderful. Above and beyond.
Malcolm
Malcolm
October 16, 2023.
Stayed at Cabot shores from October 7th-13th was an unforgettable experience. Stayed in a yurt and very spacious and comfortable. The location along the sea was gorgeous and could hop over to the beach whenever. Kayaked two of those days and could see beaver domes while doing so. Would highly try the food as well very accommodating to all dietary requirements. Recommend the chickpea massala very nice meal! Friendly staff and good accommodation. 5/5
Vishnu Vardhana
Vishnu Vardhana
October 15, 2023.
Amazing experience in the yurt and dome. Friendly staff and beautiful views!
Trevor B
Trevor B
September 13, 2023.
Stopped for lunch and ordered the spaghetti bolognese. Very hearty and lots of meat. A nice satisfying meal. One surprise was to see a mandatory 10% gratuity when paying the bill. Who does this for a party of less than 5?

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Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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