The North Sydney,NS KOA is about ten minutes from the Cabot Trail in South Haven, NS on Sunday, August 5, 2018 we hooked up left the campground and began a three night four day exploration of Cape Breton, NS.

Cabot Trail Sign
 Cape Breton is rural and thus sparsely populated. The Cabot Trail sparsely mainly on the Cape's perimeter is wooded with rocky cliffs , meadows and vistas of the sea. The drive on mostly single lane somewhat narrow curvy hilly roads were relatively free of traffic although I was occasionally passed when conditions permitted. I even pulled over several times to let cars go by. We soon came to a very daunting mountain called BIG Smokey.

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 In retrospect I am glad we drove from West to East because I believe  the drive in the other direction would have been more nerve racking. after a brief stop at the top of Old Smokey we continued on to Broad Cove a Campground in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

broad Cove CGBroad Cove CG

It is a really nice campground and we set up in the rain. Of course it stopped by the time we finished setting up. I think that's some kind of natural rule. We left the campground drove back through the town of Ingonish to the visitors center. It would have been nice to stay longer but our schedule combined with campground availability allowed us one night in Broad Cove and two nights in Cheticamp on the Eastern side of the Park. From the visitors center we drove back past Ingonish stopping for diesel fuel then on past the campground to Warren Lake. There is a 5.7 Kilometer trail around the lake which we walked. personally I think the metric system makes more sense then ours which is based on the English Kings feet but we are still a little behind the times there. The trail is approximately 3 and a half miles around.

        Lakewooden suspension bridgeroots on beach

The next day we packed up and drove the 60 miles to the  Cheticamp Campground on the Cabot Trail. Parts of the  road unfortunately were steep, winding and worse under construction. Several days later when we were in New Brunswick my description of the road conditions under construction dissuaded a Biker from making the trip. Construction not withstanding The Cabot Trail is quite scenic with several pull outs to view the ocean. I assume some people are fortunate enough to see whales, we didn't.

Cabot TrailConstruction on the Cabot Trail

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pullout on Cabot Trail

We arrived at our campground and I had a heck of a job getting into our spot I was even afraid that once in I would have trouble getting out. I didn't but went in the wrong direction to do so. Fortunately another camper was able to give me directions and an assist getting into the site. Campsites are displayed at reservation sites on the internet without trees as such picking a site is a crap shoot but we have not had that many problems.  After setting up we walked over to the visitors center to buy ice and find out what walking and sight seeing options were available. The visitors center was on the other side of a parking lot adjacent to our site.

camp site in Chetikamp

Later we walked on the Salmon Pools Trail but never did get to the end where the pools were.

Salmon Pond

In the morning we drove a short distance back on the Cabot trail and walked on Le Buttereau Trail. There were several others that may have offered better scenery and features but parking at those trails was too challenging for our truck. The trial itself was interesting with overviews of a beach and the ocean and we passed several foundations from people who lived here and moved when the park was built.

        to the settlersWhere the cabin sat

On the completion of our walk we drove into the town of Cheticamp, shopped in the Co-op Super market and pharmacy before returning to  the campground. That evening we went back into town for a lobster dinner at Le Harbor a  local restaurant after which we strolled along a boardwalk in town.

Boardwalk in ChetikampCheticamp light house