Chat with us

Nova Scotia Tours: A Cabot Trail Cycling Adventure

As one of North America’s perennial scenic destinations, a Cabot Trail cycling tour is atop many outdoor enthusiasts’ Nova Scotia bucket lists. The renowned highway is a popular draw to Cape Breton Island and has enticed many visitors to Cabot Shores. Looping around the island’s northern tip and offering breathtaking coastal vistas, mountainous landscapes, and unscathed wilderness, there are many crucial things to consider during a Cabot Trail cycling tour. 

Things to Know About Cycling the Cabot Trail

A Cabot Trail cycling tour is an exhilarating endeavor, allowing you to explore the stunning landscapes of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. The scenic highway spans approximately 300 kilometers and forms an impeccable exploration corridor. Typically starting and ending in the charming town of Baddeck, you’ll traverse jaw-dropping panoramic views of the rugged coastline, majestic seaside mountains, and awe-inspiring wildlife. Here are some things to consider before, during, and after immersing yourself in this national treasure.

Plan Carefully and Be Safe

Research and plan your route, accommodations, and services. Make a note of potential rest stops, viewpoints, and attractions you’d like to explore along the way. Familiarize yourself with the Cabot Trail map and consider obtaining a detailed cycling map of the area. It’s important to note that parts of the road can be narrow with curves and occasional traffic. Exercise caution and stay visible by wearing bright clothing and using lights and reflectors. Follow the rules of the road, be aware of vehicles, and consider cycling in a group for added safety.

When to Go

Although when to go is somewhat subjective, most cyclists undertake this adventure during the summer and early fall, typically from June to September. The warm temperatures and extended daylight hours during this period enhance the experience of Cabot Trail cycling, allowing you to maximize your experience.

Shape Up for Cabot Trail Cycling

Cycling the Cabot Trail requires a reasonable level of fitness and cycling experience. The route includes some challenging climbs and descents, so having some hill training beforehand is advisable. It’s also recommended to have experience with long-distance cycling and be comfortable riding on roads with traffic. 

Gear Up

Ensure your bicycle is in good working condition before you embark. Carry spare inner tubes, a pump, basic tools, and a repair kit in case of mechanical issues. It’s also recommended to wear a helmet and appropriate cycling attire for comfort and safety. 

You’ll also need to ensure ample hydration and fuel for your body during the ride. Carry sufficient fluids, as there are a few stretches without access to potable water. You should also pack healthy, portable snacks like energy bars and granola.

Services and Places to Stay on the Cabot Trail

Big Sky Blue Yurt with Ocean view at Cabot Shores

You’ll encounter various services and accommodations throughout your Cabot Trail cycling journey. Towns along the route provide convenient access to shops, restaurants, and visitor centers for any supplies or information you may need during your Cabot Trail cycling adventure. Places like Baddeck, Ingonish, and Chéticamp offer a range of options. 

Thoughtfully planning your accommodations, especially during the peak tourist season, ensures a smooth Cabot Trail cycling experience. In that case, Cabot Shores offers a premiere lodging solution with an array of options and some of the best cabins with hot tubs in Nova Scotia. Moreover, we also provide top-tier meals, seasonal packages, and plenty of things to do!
To find out more or book your stay, please visit us online or call 866-929-2584.



Good
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?

Good
Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
Verified
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.
Verified
Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
Verified
Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
Verified
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.
Verified
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.
Verified
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.
Verified
Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
Verified
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.

Google Analytics Tracking code