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Scenic Cabot Trail Cycling Adventures

Nova Scotia’s 298-kilometre Cabot Trail remains one of the world’s most beloved (and toured) cycling trails. There’s no better way to survey Cape Breton Island’s rolling hills than atop a bicycle. Every summer, hundreds of cyclists drive through the heart of Nova Scotia en route to Cabot Shores, an idyllic Cabot Trail cycling basecamp. Cabot Shores’ passion for wellness, community, and organic living resonates with cyclists, particularly those who cannot resist the Trail’s call.

At a Glance: Cabot Trail Cycling Excursions

It’s worth noting that only experienced riders should embark on a week-long Cabot Trail cycling expedition. Thus, we often recommend breaking the Trail into chunks to novice cyclists. Luckily, Cabot Shores rests between Baddeck and Igonish Beach, a particularly hilly (and awe-inspiring) 100-kilometre stretch of road. First-time visitors shouldn’t shy away from out-and-back expeditions, or, perhaps, a short drive to a particular part of Cape Breton Highlands National Park that you wish to explore further.

The Scenery / The Terrain

Photo of a Cyclist on the Cabot Trail Cycling Loop.

Cabot Trail masterfully loops around Cape Breton Island, providing a diverse array of seascapes, hilly terrains, sprawling overlooks, and fishing villages. The meticulously-paved loop was practically constructed to oblige multi-day Cabot Trail cycling adventures. Cyclists will enjoy views of piney hills, leisurely sailboats, rocky cliff lines, sandy isles, tall lighthouses, and babbling creeks. This short, albeit enlightening, video showcases the route’s many winding switchbacks, wavy beaches, and vast ocean lookouts. Small, picturesque villages dot the ocean’s edge, so finding a quick bite, refreshing pint, or “refuelling station” is as simple as pie.

It’s recommended that riders only attempt to tame this beast from early June through early October. Conditions are too unpredictable during much of spring and late autumn. Although the air temperatures are much cooler in late September and early October, you simply cannot beat those vivid hues of crimson, amber, marigold, and kelly green! 

The Basecamp: Cabot Shores

Photo of a Dome Camp at Cabot Shores on the Cabot Trail Cycling Loop.

Welcome to Cabot Shores, your Cabot Trail cycling basecamp. As stated above, our passions lie in general wellness, organic cuisines, and distinctive lodging. We offer a bevy of diverse Cabot Trail accommodations, including comfy chalets, yurt camping, a tiny house, and treetop domes. When you’re not cycling on Nova Scotia’s prized loop, seek out these complementary activities: Church Pond kayaking, waterfall hunting, and fishing. To save money, book directly at CabotShores.com. But, first, browse through our various Cape Breton getaway packages.

The six links below provide a glimpse into our award-winning, eco-friendly respite, as well as helpful guides for those who plan to embark on a self-guided Cabot Trail bike tour.



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Based on 298 reviews
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
February 17, 2024.
We had an excellent stay! We stayed in the tiny house and got the hot tub as an addition - the house was an adorable little cabin, very clean and had everything we needed (mini fridge, microwave and more!). The hot tub was worth the addition! Paul and the staff were so considerate, he even called me before we arrived and let me know how the roads were and to make sure I knew how to get to the tiny house since we were probably arriving after dark. I can’t say enough good things! We will definitely be back!
Alexis Helena
Alexis Helena
February 16, 2024.
It was a great space, the manager was very helpful and answered all our questions. Will definitely be coming back
Katie Crossley
Katie Crossley
January 25, 2024.
My husband and I got married at Cabot Shores last October, after staying there multiple times in the past and falling in love with the scenery and food!! Paul was amazing to deal with leading up to the wedding! I was definitely a needy bride lol and he was always so patient and helpful with everything. The whole thing went off without any issues at all and my guests had a great time and raved on and on about the food! We are huge out door people and loved the whole vibe ! We can’t wait to go back again soon and make more wonderful memories at this slice of heaven in our favourite place in the world, Cape Breton !!
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‍하준수(교원-영상디자인학과)
January 10, 2024.
An unforgettable experience for a family trip. A yurt experience is more than just lodging, especially if you have young children. What is most impressive of all is the owner and his wife, who are so kind and affectionate.
Karleigh Johnstone
Karleigh Johnstone
January 8, 2024.
Stayed in the Phoenix Dome for 2 nights and had the most wonderful experience. The dome was lovely and stayed warm through the night. The highlight of our stay was the food. My husband has been a chef for 20+ years and was blown away by the quality of the food. We had dinner one evening and the salmon was absolute perfection. We were lucky enough to be the only guests for breakfast so they cooked us a few items instead of the buffet and we enjoyed every bite. Hands down the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten! The staff were so wonderful, kind and accommodating. We would love to return and spend more time here exploring the trails and relaxing on the beach. Thank you to everyone at Cabot Trail for such a wonderful experience!
Bobbi Zahra
Bobbi Zahra
January 1, 2024.
Hot tubs were great, overlooking the gorgeous water view. Yurt was super comfortable, very spacious, and even when the fire died while we were sleeping, we stayed cozy and warm - the bedding was superb. Recommendation for Red River Trail was great, and we enjoyed the hike very much.
Sandy Mackley
Sandy Mackley
November 27, 2023.
The staff at Cabot Shores actively took opportunities to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. Our Mongolian Yurt was comfortable with the wood stove and outside hot tub. Would strongly recommend calling these fine folks and discussing your stay with them.

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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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