By 9am I had a picnic lunch packed and we were on our way on the Cabot Trail.
The Cabot Trail is an 186 mile circular scenic route along the eastern and western shores of Cape Breton Island. We travelled along rugged, forested slopes much of the way.
About the top 1/3 of the Cabot trail is Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
To continue on the trail and through the park a fee is charge ($6.80, Canadian, per person). The Atlantic Ocean is on the east side and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the west side. Along the west side is steep mountains of more than 1100 feet. The east shore is rocky with coves and some sandy beaches. Unfortunately for us, it began raining before we had gotten up this morning and continued off and on until mid afternoon. We even had to eat our packed lunch in the car at a picnic area. We did stop at a shop along the road which also had ice cream- dessert! We did have a nice day getting back to the campground a little past 4pm.