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Can we just all agree the Cabot Trail is lovely? And there  is no lovelier  season to go that when the leaves start to change to red, gold and brown.

But. As lovely as that time of year in all of the province-we have to consider-will anything be open-or shut down for the winter?

Never fear. I’ve combed through website and sent messages to compile a list of things to do in see in the coming weeks.

Travel Tip: Do not be disappointed. Book your accommodations ahead during this busy travel time. Click To Tweet

And here they are in no particular order:

Outdoor Adventure
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is open until Oct 28, including hiking trails. And National Park campgrounds

Travel Tip :Last year the Skyline Trail was closed around Thanksgiving due to aggressive moose behavior, so it would pay to check at a Visitor Centre in Cape Breton Click To Tweet
Skyline Trail-Summer Bucket List
Skyline Trail-Cabot Trail

CB West Stand Up Paddle Boarding ,11403 Cabot Trail Rd,Margaree Harbour- closes late October
Celtic Shores Coastal Bike Trail
North River Kayak Tours, North River Bridge Baddeck-Open until Oct 15th
Margaree Fish Hatchery, 115 Hatchery Road,Margaree Valley Open until Oct 31
Dixon Zodiac Seafari Whale Watching .36 Lighthouse Road,Neil’s Harbour Closes Thanksgiving weekend BUT weather dependent.
Pedallers by the Bay-Bike Rentals in Baddeck -Open until mid Oct.

Cultural Enrichment/Crafts/Shopping along the Cabot Trail


The Gaelic College 51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann’s Events until Oct 9th
Les Trois Pignons -15584 Cabot Trail Chéticamp. Open until the end of October
The Fibre Festival Chebucto St,.Baddeck Oct 10-16th
Sunset Art Gallery 15856 Cabot Trail Cheticamp Open to Oct 20th and other times by appt.
All Creatures Great & Small Wildlife Gallery 138 Maplewood Drive, Ingonish Open year round
Lynn’s Craft Shop & Art Gallery 36084 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Open from May 17 to Oct 15 (Winter by appointment)
Kingross Quilts and Fibre Art – Anne Morrell Robinson 4259 West Big Intervale Rd Margaree Valley Open year round
Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery, 45054 Cabot Trail North Shore Open year round
Iron Art & Photographs RR #4 Baddeck, Tarbot Open to Oct 31, year round by appt.
Leather Works by Jolene, 45808 Cabot Trail Indian Brook Open until late Oct.
Arts North 28571 Cabot Trail Cape North Village, Open to Oct 31
Cranberry Patch Fine Arts and Gifts 27442 Cabot Trail, Big Intervale Open until Oct.31

Museums along the Cabot Trail

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site 559 Chebucto Street, Baddeck Open to Oct 30th
Margaree Salmon Museum 60 East Big Intervale Road, North East Margaree Open to Oct 15th
Whale Interpretive Centre 104 Harbour Rd Open to Oct 15th
Elizabeth Le Fort Gallery, Rug Hooking Museum 15584 Cabot Trail,Cheticamp Open all of October
North Highlands Community Museum, 20243 Cabot Trail Cape North Open to Oct 15

Live Music 

Celtic Colors various communities Oct 11-19th
Big Spruce Brewing 64 Yankee Line Road-Nyanza
Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs 6 Margaree Rd, Baddeck-until at least Oct.18th
Doryman Pub and Grill 15528 Cabot Trail Live music until mid October
The Bell Series Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Oct.14-18


Theatre Baddeck 24 Queen Street Baddeck – performances until Oct 5


Highland Links
Highland Links Golf Course

Highlands Links 247 Keltic In Road -open until Oct 21
Le Portage 15580 Cabot Trail Rd, Cheticamp-open until Oct 31
Bell Bay Golf Club -761 NS-205, Baddeck-open to mid Oct.

Travel Tip. Dogs are not allowed on the Skyline Trail, but they can be boarded at the well reviewed Groom Room in Petit- Etang . Click To Tweet

Guided Hikes

Corney Brook Trail
Corney Book Trail

October 14: Acadian trail
October 15: Corney Brook trail
October 16: Aspy trail
October 17: Franey trail
October 18: Mica Hill trail
Until Oct 14:  Skyline Sunset Hike-
October 13:  Grandmother Moon– Ingonish Beach 6 Pm
October 14:Grandmother Moon– Chéticamp Campground 6 pm
October 13: Pumpkin Carving – Chéticamp campground 10 am
October 13: Pumpkin Carving –Broad Cove campground 10 am
Oct 13 & 14: Huckle Buckle Festival -Ingonish

Cape Breton always seems to have a lot of road construction happening. But I think they have the happiest flagmen in the province-always a smile. Find out where the construction is happening here

Know of other great ideas for October along the Cabot Trail? Tell us in the comments!