Rising To The Road | The Cabot Trail (Day Two)

Our second whirl around Cape Breton's Cabot Trail — through Black Brook Cove Beach, White Point, Meat Cove and the Skyline Trail — revealed even more beauty and stunning vistas than our first drive

At the end of an inspiring day exploring the Cabot Trail — one that began too late in the morning, and therefore ended sooner than we would've liked — we determined that a second pass was necessary, and planned to jump back in the truck the following morning.

What we didn't anticipate was how worn out we'd be from exploring and hiking the trail. We woke up absolutely exhausted and acknowledged that a day of rest was needed in between adventures. Honoring that need, we spent the day lounging around the trailer, cooking delicious meals with the fresh treasures we found at Hank's Farm Market, and doing small trailer chores.

The following morning, a Saturday, we were back in the truck bright(er) and early(ier than the first time). We took the ferry over to Ingonish this time, which cut off nearly an hour of driving time and gave us a bit of new perspective on the same route (plus, any boat ride is fun for our little one).

We stopped at Black Brook Cove Beach for a picnic lunch and a swing on the playground.

 Black Brook Cove Beach, where we picnicked and played.

Black Brook Cove Beach, where we picnicked and played.

After lunch, we drove a bit off the Cabot Trail itself to the little town of White Point on the recommendation of a park guide. She was right. This fishing town is smaller than small but so beyond stunning. We walked (it's a very gentle walk) out to the very tip of the Point, looking over the cliffs and paying our respects at a small seaside sailors' cemetery.

 White Point Village

White Point Village

 Hiking out to the jawdropping tip of White Point.

Hiking out to the jawdropping tip of White Point.


Then it was up to the northernmost point of Cape Breton Island, to Meat Cove. The roads were rough, but the views distracting. So much sea, it soothes your soul to its deepest depths.

 En route to Meat Cove at the tippity top of the Island.

En route to Meat Cove at the tippity top of the Island.


 Near Meat Cove.

Near Meat Cove.

Lastly, as we had the first day, we raced toward the Skyline Trail as daylight faded around us. But this time, we wanted to hike the trail before sunset and then drive down the mountain as the sun was going down (see the video below). The trail is lovely, but once you hit the Skyline Ridge portion of it, it is simply unbelievable. The mountains rise and valleys fall to your left, and the sea stretches as far as you can see to your right as you walk out and down a thin ridgeline. To our surprise, our two-and-a-half year old daughter walked all the way down the hundreds of steps... and then back up! It was majorly impressive; one of those "parent moments" that took our breath away and we will never forget (even if it was a bit scary to let her do it!).

 The ridge at the Skyline Trail at dusk

The ridge at the Skyline Trail at dusk

 The road to the left is where we filmed our drive down (see the video below this picture).

The road to the left is where we filmed our drive down (see the video below this picture).

Notice the ridgeline in the horizon to the right in this video. That is the stunning Skyline Trail, which we hiked just before driving down the mountain.