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Old 09-05-2016, 06:11 PM   #15
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We have traveled to Cape Breton Highlands twice over the past 9 years. First time we camped in Ingonish on the east side, the next time we camped at Cheticamp on the west side. Both times we stayed in the National Parks = beautiful. We did not consider hauling our AS over the Cabot Trail. It was better for us to leave the AS in camp and take day trips in our truck. As mentioned above, you can reach the far side of the Highlands easily in one day, including the round trip. Pulling the AS is doable, but it would serve no purpose to do all those major hills when you don't have to. We loved the many hikes and kayaking (we brought our own).
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:33 PM   #16
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I agree with those suggesting leaving the AS parked and driving the route in a day, which is easily done. Stop at Meat Cove. PEI has the best mussels and libsters we have eaten anywhere in N. America!

The Alexander Graham Bell myseum in Baddeck is fascinating. And don't miss Peggy's Cove on NS. The history in L'Anse au Meadows (first confirmed Viking landing), Gander, NS (WWII and 911), and Pugwash, NS (Einstein, Bertrand Russell, and many others won a Nobel Prize for their efforts st the Thinker's Lodge to head off all-out nuclear war in the 50's).

Lunenberg, NS is wonderful and played a role in the"Book of Negroes" (Revolutionary War history) which I only learned of on Canadia Public Trlevidion after our visit. Copues of The Book of Negroes exist in the US National Archives and in England (I forget where).

Rocky Harbor, NL - hear "Anchors Away" play - they are a wonderful group of musicians who capture the culture of Newfoundland. And the theater group in Cow's Head, NL is truly talented.

There is do much to see and do in Eastern Canada - we will return. The people are terrific!
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:50 PM   #17
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Ceili is the English spelling.
You are close, but it is cèilidh and pronounced "Kay-lee">
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:00 PM   #18
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Skyline trail is a must.
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:58 AM   #19
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I was born and raised in Sydney NS, and my husband and I had our Airstream Interstate around the Cabot Trail as far as Cape North a few weeks ago. If your trip is in September, hopefully most establishments will still be open - the Cabot Trail really closes down in the off-season, but September should be fine. A few of the mountain roads are a bit challenging - people do take them with large RVs and trailers, but it's best to have specific destinations in mind if that approach is taken, I think. Otherwise as the other posters said, it might be best to leave the trailer in a base of operations.

If you do include Louisbourg as one poster suggested, check the hours carefully as they were reportedly very limited this summer. And the Louisbourg downtown RV park was reportedly closed because of some waterfront improvement initiative, which was a real bummer for my husband and I as we had originally planned to stay there for at least one night.

Note as well that propane can be extremely difficult to obtain in Nova Scotia. Here is an Air Forums post that I made on that topic if you need further info.

Good luck, and if you'd like to see some of our pics and additional commentary, I've got a series of blog posts on our recent trip here.
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You are close, but it is cèilidh and pronounced "Kay-lee">
I'm curious as to what caused someone in Salado Texas to know that. I know that because I named my daughter a non-ethnic spelling of the same word, and my stepmother is a native speaker of Gaelic.
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Yes, you should certainly do that if you have the time. We were just there in August and set up camp at Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground which was nice and we loved the town of Baddeck. We took a day and drove the entire trail stopping for lunch at the Chowder House - Neil's Harbor. Although Meat Cove is a bit off the path, be sure to go. You wouldn't want to miss the most Northern Tip of NS. I agree with the other posts here, do not do this with your AS. I am sure you could, but would be much less stressful and more enjoyable to not be towing on this drive. We really wanted to go to Newfoundland this trip, but just not enough time. 10 days in NS was not nearly enough, we will go back!
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:20 AM   #22
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We spent 3 mos in the Maritimes last year (July 27 - Oct 15). We left our 25'FC in Inverness and drove CLOCKWISE on the Cabot trail. This way, my wife did not have to be looking down the STEEP cliffs. You can the entire Trail in 1 day. Keep in mind that they lose a couple of minutes of sunlight per day this time of year.
We are returning on or about Oct 1 for the "Celtic Colours Festival" on Cape Breton.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:27 PM   #23
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Hi All, we are currently in Newfoundland & taking "short ferry" back to Sydney, NS on Wed. 9/7.--we came north in Nova Scotia on TCH on east side & thinking of traveling around the entire Cabot trail on way thru the rest of Cape Breton--we would love to hear anyone's adventures ..(both good & bad) if they have done that.
The forum is such a great place to learn & experience other Airstreamer's adventures.--Thank you all in advance !!
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Leave the trailer at a camp spot off the trail, and just use your TV to tour the Cabot Trail.
There is a very tight left hairpin turn at the top end; at the bottom of a rather long hill.
I was advised about this by a 'local', and was glad of the info. I very much doubt that my 23' Hi-Lo would have made it through.
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There is a very tight left hairpin turn at the top end; at the bottom of a rather long hill.
I was advised about this by a 'local', and was glad of the info. I very much doubt that my 23' Hi-Lo would have made it through.
Is this it? The switchback at the base of Cape Smokey. Some larger vehicles need to use both lanes to get through.
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Is this it? The switchback at the base of Cape Smokey. Some larger vehicles need to use both lanes to get through.
BTW that road to the left in the picture is a fun road to explore if you have an adventure bike.
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Cabot Trail --quite the impressive ride!!

Thanks all for the excellent advice , pics & notes. --The forum is such a great place for advice, questions , how to''s & general info!👍. We took the advice & left our 23' FC at Bras'deor ( sp) campsite; "Golden Arm " in North Sydney and travelled clockwise round Cabot trail. ( we actually did the " Bell" the day before!)--& lucky we posted prior. --there was much construction & for about 5 miles, the road was hard packed dirt/ sand ready to be paved ( I imagine late Sept).--yes the drive was beautiful and spectacular sites & a few hairpin turns!!--very glad we only took the TV.--again, thanks all for ur replays--btw, I posted an answer earlier, but in error it went to the administrator...but We are learning!!--Currently in PEI!!--another neat Province!!
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Thanks for the update! We went to PEI twice in the 90's before the bridge, and loved it. Don't forget to swim in the ocean, it is the warmest salt water north of Cape Hatteras NC due to a back-eddy off the Gulf Stream!

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